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  • Since January 3, 2022, electors who are in the process of renewing their Voter ID card and are awaiting the new card may request a Letter of Identity from the EOJ to be used as a provisional identification document in the interim.
  • “If you need multiple letters, we are prepared to prepare them for you. So, if it is that you need a letter for each of the institutions that you are doing business with, we are prepared to prepare the letters for you,” she stated.
  • The Letter of Identity is a secure document that bears the signature of an official at the EOJ, as well as the stamp of the EOJ. It also bears the identity information and photograph of the elector and is printed on security paper, with security features which cannot be photocopied.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reminding persons that they can request open Letters of Identity and multiple Letters of Identity at once, to conduct business until their voter identification cards are ready

Since January 3, 2022, electors who are in the process of renewing their Voter ID card and are awaiting the new card may request a Letter of Identity from the EOJ to be used as a provisional identification document in the interim.

A Letter of Identity is generally addressed to the entity which requires the identification, however, to facilitate electors conducting business with multiple institutions, the EOJ has made some changes.

“In this case we have made the letter ‘open’ so it can be for multiple uses and the current letters that we are issuing is valid until the end of February. We realize too that a number of institutions require that the letter not be open but addressed specifically to them. So, we have been allowing electors to make that request,” Public Education Officer at the EOJ, Daynia Harper told JIS News.

She also shared that the EOJ has noticed electors returning to request an additional letter of identity, after earlier making the same request.

Ms. Harper advised that electors should find out the requirements of each institution, prior to requesting the letters of identity.

“If you need multiple letters, we are prepared to prepare them for you. So, if it is that you need a letter for each of the institutions that you are doing business with, we are prepared to prepare the letters for you,” she stated.

“We have had cases where persons have requested three letters. So, they may want an open letter or a multiuse letter that they can use with several institutions, and they may request two more that are specific to institutions they are doing business with and need to be addressed to them. The elector can make the requirements clear to us and we will prepare the letters accordingly,” Ms. Harper added.

Meanwhile, the Public Education Officer said that the EOJ has been in constant dialogue with financial institutions and remittance agencies that require identification from customers.

Ms. Harper stated that the EOJ is asking these institutions for leniency, where possible, with electors who present the EOJ-issued letters of identity.

The Letter of Identity is a secure document that bears the signature of an official at the EOJ, as well as the stamp of the EOJ. It also bears the identity information and photograph of the elector and is printed on security paper, with security features which cannot be photocopied.

Requests for Letters of Identity at the EOJ’s Head Office at 43 Duke Street, Kingston, are now being processed as a next-day service.

Letters of Identity requested from EOJ constituency offices, are processed two to three business days after the request is made.

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