THE Voter Identification Cards (VIC) issued through the electronic voter registration identification cards will be accepted as a valid form of identification by the Ministry of Justice by November 15.
Any Fijian who has registered to vote and who possesses a VIC will be able to access services provided by the Registrar of Titles Office, the Births, Deaths & Marriages Registry, the Companies Office (which includes the Moneylenders Registry) and the Official Receiver's Office.
The ministry is satisfied that the VIC is a credible and reliable form of identification. Before its issuance, Fijians are required to provide detailed background information as well as a separate form of identification.
The VIC is further secured by biometric information, such as the thumb print, which is unique to the individual.
"We continue to encourage other government ministries to accept the voter card as valid ID," the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"By continuing to increase the functionality of the card as legitimate ID within Fiji, this will be a significant convenience to all those Fijians who have registered.
"This will greatly improve the delivery of government services to those Fijians for whom this is their first or only form of ID," he said.