National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA)
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Agency overview
Formed March 10, 2000; 18 years ago
Type Government database
Jurisdiction Constitution of Pakistan
Headquarters Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Venue
Motto Empowerment through Identity
Employees 17,000
Agency executive
  • Usman Mobin, Chairman
Parent department Ministry of Interior

The National Database and Registration Authority, Pakistan (Urdu:نادرا; reporting name: NADRA), is an independent and autonomous agency under Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan that regulates government databases and statistically manages the sensitive registration database of all the national citizens of Pakistan.[1] It is responsible to issuing the computerized national identity cards to the citizens of Pakistan, maintaining their sensitive informational upgraded in the government databases, and securing national identities of the citizens of Pakistan from being stolen and theft.[2] It is one of the largest government database institution, employing more than 11,000 people in more than 800 domestic offices and five international offices.[2]

Codified by the Second Amendment, §30 of the Constitution of Pakistan in 2000, the constitution grants powers to NADRA to enact civil registration and sensitive databases of Pakistan’s citizens; all databases are kept in extreme secrecy and security to ensure the safety of its citizen’s databases. As of present, it is currently directed and headed by Usman Yousaf Mobin who was Chief Technology Officer of NADRA and now appointed as the Chairman


After the independence of Pakistan, Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan launched the Personal Identity System (PIS) program to register, manage and issue national identification cards to all the citizens of Pakistan and Muslim refugees settling in Pakistan. Changes were carried out by Election Commission of Pakistan in 1965 for the process of the voter’s registration to hold the nationwide 1965 presidential election.



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