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Republic of South Sudan

National ID Card, ePassport & Vehicle Registration


The South Sudan BOT-project (Build-Operate-Transfer), awarded by the Ministry of Interior in 2011, is the best-practice example for a comprehensive document solution. It encompasses the national ID card and ePassports, the driver’s license and the vehicle registration system. The system architecture (including a disaster recovery system for producing and accessing ID documents at embassies abroad) and the design of the polycarbonate documents, which were determined by technical and geographical requirements, were established in close collaboration with the authorities at site. With regard to a complete know-how transfer, the local staff received comprehensive training during the course of the project to ensure an autonomous operation of the system.

The infrastructure comprises the central site, loca­ted in the capital Juba, which process and manage data of each sub-project, as well as ten decentrali­zed service sites – one of them located in every capi­tal city of the ten South Sudan States – for the enrollment of ID documents. The decentralized vehicle registration sites, connected to the central site by VSAT, are equipped with high-security prin­ters and number-plate presses for the registration, renewal and production of the documents. ID cards and ePassports, however, are personalized in the capital city. Driver’s licenses are issued in a registration center in Juba only, offering pre-registration and issuance of new and renewed documents. For the verification of individuals, documents and vehicles, the traffic police have been equipped with ten mobile handheld devices.