Trinidad And Tobago’s Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has launched a new national identification card.

Newsday reports the ID card was unveiled this week and will come into effect from January 2021, replacing the cards that are currently in circulation.

The EBC says current ID cards that have not expired will remain valid and will still be accepted everywhere.

According to reports, the new card – which will be introduced on a phased basis – is made of a polycarbonate substrate and incorporates a sophisticated array of security features to ensure multi-layered protection against counterfeit and fraud.

When the back of the card is held up to UV light, the image of a hummingbird and hibiscus flower will appear.

When the front of the card is tilted the card holder’s date of birth will become visible.

When the card is held up, a 3D holographic image of a hummingbird and hibiscus flower appears.

The EBC said in the first phase of introducing the cards, they will only be available to first-time applicants, people replacing lost or stolen cards and for those changing their names.

As from January 2012, the cards will be available to all registered citizens.

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