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Registration and ID Card Issuance FAQs

Qualifications for National Registration


  • A person is qualified to be registered if he/she is:

a) a citizen of Barbados or

b) a citizen of a country other than Barbados who is granted permission by the Chief Immigration Officer to remain in Barbados for a period of not less than six (6) months.

On completion of registration the applicant is issued the Barbados Identification (ID) card.

“The Barbados Identification Card”



The Barbados Identification card which was being issued from 1979 to June 10th, 2022 is being replaced with a new National ID card, the Trident (an acronym for Trusted Identity) ID card.

The Trident ID Card

The new Trident card:-

  • Is Durable -PVC material.
  • Is Secure– visual and non visual levels of security.
  • Allows access to services– Will make accessing services easier and faster. e.g Travel on Transport Board Buses.
  • Facilitates the creation of a Mobile ID– the holder will have the option to use the card to create a Mobile ID that will facilitate remote authentication and remote digital signing.

When to register?

Registration will be conducted using the surname system, with two weeks for each category.

A & B June 27th – July 9th
C, D, E & F July 11th – 23rd

G, H, I, J & K July 25th – Aug 6th

L, M, N, O, P, Q & R Aug. 8th – 20th

S, T, U, V, W, X, Y & Z Aug. 22nd – Sept 2nd

On request, incapacitated persons and persons in institutions, will be registered at their place of residence, starting Sept. 26th.

Pensioners, persons with disabilities and welfare recipients may register from Monday June 27th 2022, regardless of their last name.

These individuals may register at any centre and, on any day.

You may register for the card in person, at any one of the 22 registration centres across the island or  you may register online at

If registering in person, please do not wear white as photos will be taken against a white background.

For online registration, you are not required to follow the surname system, you may register at any time.

Where to register?

St. Michael

Christ Church

St. Philip

St. James

St. George

St. Thomas

St. Peter

St. Lucy

St. John

St. Joseph

St. Andrew

What documents to bring?

A Barbados ID card OR a Barbados passport (even if it is expired) MAY be presented.

If the documents in support of your:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality

Were NOT issued in Barbados, the non-Barbadian issued documents MUST be presented.

Adults who were never registered before MUST present proof of identity with a photograph.

How do PWD's get the word "Disability" printed on their Trident ID card?

Persons with Disabilities may have the word “Disability” printed on their Trident ID Card, as this will facilitate access to services specifically for the group.


Registration with the National Disabilities Unit

In order to have the word “Disability” printed on the ID card, persons MUST be registered with the National Disabilities Unit (NDU) at ‘Maxwelton’ Lower Collymore Rock, St. Michael.  At the NDU, (if you are not already registered or do not have a visible disability, like an amputation), you will be issued with a Medical Registration Form to be completed by a medical practitioner, this form may also be completed, by the doctor, online at

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What is the dress code?

The head, face and hairline must be seen therefore NO hat, cap, shawl, scarf or any form of covering of the head or face except for religious reasons.

 The eyes must be clearly visible, therefore NO tinted glasses, shades, cosmetic eye covering or hair is allowed to obscure the eyes.

 The shoulders must be covered, therefore NO sleeveless shirts, tops or dresses are allowed.

White MUST NOT be worn as the photograph will be taken against a white background .

What is the cost of the Trident card?

The first new identification card will be issued free of cost, however, there is a fee of $60 for ALL replacement cards.

What is the expected registration wait time?

The registration process will take approximately fifteen minutes but the wait time will depend on the number of persons ahead of you to be registered.

What is the expected wait time for collection of the new card?

The card will be available for collection at the center at which you were registered, within six(6) weeks of registration.

What are the opening hours at registration centers

Registration centers are open Monday to Friday, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. and Saturday 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.