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Kuwait PACI launches online civil ID app

By Faten Omar

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has launched an online civil ID app where citizens and residents can carry their civil ID on their smart phone. To obtain the mobile civil ID, users must first download the app ‘Kuwait mobile ID’ for iPhones or Android devicess and then enroll in the program. The application is available in Arabic and English.


  1. Must be a citizen or resident of Kuwait with valid visa.
  2. Have a previously issued smart civil ID that is valid for a minimum of at least one month.


  1. Download the Kuwait mobile ID app.
  2. Register – You will need your civil ID number, serial number and passport number.
  3. Take a selfie.
  4. Complete the process. If accepted, your civil ID will now be on your mobile.

In other news, the Public Authority for Industry announced that companies that applied to evacuate its workers from Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Mahboulah must fill a ‘workers evacuation form’ in the website, and send the form via email to: [email protected]. The two areas have been put under total lockdown as part of measures to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Co-op appointments
Separately, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry launched a website on Sunday to enable citizens and residents to book appointments to shop at cooperative societies in their areas. The ministry later announced that the website is a trial version and will be developed based on customers’ suggestions in order to launch it officially. The announcement noted that people who face trouble with mismatching addresses should choose the “unmatched address” option and add the current address number written in their rental contract.

The website is in its experimental stage, but some customers have tried it. One user told Kuwait Times that he booked an appointment for 5 am – it turns out that the website allows you to shop during curfew hours. “I booked an appointment for 5 in the morning and received two barcodes – one allowing me to leave the house during curfew hours and one for the co-op to allow me to shop at that time,” he said.

The website allows people to choose a date and time to shop in their area’s central co-op or its branches. The service aims to reduce crowding and long queues in front of co-ops and shopping centers. According to Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan, other markets will be included on the website soon depending on its success. To visit the website, go to

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