As such, the Malawi National ID card has an expiry date to comply with international standards. For security reasons any official document of identity must have an expiry date, like a passport or a driver’s license, and identity cards are included in these types of documents.
If we go by the National Registration Act of 2010, the National ID Card is required to be replaced if the photo on the card is not clearly of the appearance of the person registered.
Again common sense will tell us that as we age, our face changes and it is generally held that for the average person, after ten years it is necessary to update the photo.
In terms of materials being used for the Malawian National ID card, they are one of the best available to be long lasting. However, even using those state of the art materials, the lifetime of a card is usually at most ten years.
World-wide, one of the greatest challenges for any National ID system is being able to ensure that people that have passed away are removed from the National Register. “Ghosts” in the National Register reduces its accuracy and integrity. When a person passes away their National ID card should be returned to the nearest District Registrar at a Post Office or Council office. Sometimes this does not happen. So to ensure that a replacement card is required every ten years, also tells the Government that a person is alive or may have passed away if they do not come for replacement.