The Interior Ministry’s identification department has announced that all citizens carrying old ID cards must renew them by the end of the year and those 15-years-old and above who do not yet have cards must get one.
“In order to ensure rights, freedom and legal benefits of individuals, the identification department appeals to all Cambodians to please register new IDs,” a statement from the department on Wednesday said.
It added that the renewal is compulsory for all citizens aged 15 and above, noting that the process can be done at police stations and local government offices around the country.
“We strongly hope that all people who are still using the old ID cards will cooperate and make new IDs,” it said.
Department director Kheang Sokunthea said about 9.6 million Cambodians already got the new cards.
Mr Sokunthea said there is about a month left to register for the new IDs.
“There’s no cost to obtain the new ID cards,” he added.
Kong Buntha, 42, yesterday said that she was not aware of the expiration date.
“I do not have the new ID card yet, as I am often busy with my day-to-day tasks – that’s why I forget to renew,” Ms Buntha said. “I think I don’t need it for important tasks.”
She added that she will speak to her husband about renewing their IDs before the expiration date.