8. Identity CardThe Angolan Identity Card, usually known as the BI (ID Card), is an Angolan national identification document. Please note that a passport can be issued only to a holder of a valid Identity Card. Notwithstanding, contrary to the case of the consular registration card, birth certificates and marriage certificates, the Identity Card is a document, which is not processed in this Consulate General.
The citizen will have to have his/her picture taken at the time of issue of the card and the fingerprints will be processed electronically.
The following are the documents that will be needed when requesting an Identity Card (BI):
An Identity Card (BI) that looks like a credit card.
Your BI will be made of a polycarbonate material, will measure 85.6 mm x 53.98 mm x 0.76 (+/-0.8 mm) and will basically have a similar format to that of a credit card.
Under the new legislation, the face of the new Identity Card shall show the individual’s full name, place of birth, name of parents, date of birth, gender, marital status, residence, passport-type picture, signature and fingerprint.
The Identity card will be valid for five or ten years, depending on how it was previously issued, whether issuance took place before or after its holder reached 35 years of age. Those citizens who are aged 55 years or more will be issued an Identity Card for life.
Individuals shall request renewal of their BI for two fundamental reasons: if BI has expired or if any of the identifying elements have changed in the six months prior to its expiration date.