Pravasi Identity Card


State Government of Kerala started a project for issuing Identity Cards to Non-Resident Keralites (Pravasi Identity Card). This project is implemented by Norka-Roots. The inauguration of this Pravasi Identity Card project was on 27/07/2008 at IMS auditorium, Mankada, Malappuram District, Kerala, inaugurated by Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. V.S Achuthanandan. All Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs) are eligible for applying for these Pravasi Identity card.

The Pravasi Identity Card can use as an Identity proof to the Non-Resident Keralites and the NRK who obtain the ID Card would naturally be covered by the Insurance Policy from the New India Assurance Company for a period of 3 years. The premium amount will be paid annually by Norka-Roots. The card can also be used as a discount card in selected shops / establishments who are offering discount to the cardholders.

Norka-Roots started offices at Trivandrum, Calicut and Ernakulam for receiving applications for Pravasi Identity Card. Applications from Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Palakkad Districts are to be submitted at the Calicut office. Applications from Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha Districts are to be submitted in the Ernakulam office and the applications from Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram Districts are to be submitted at the Head Office of NORKA-ROOTS at Thiruvananthapuram. Applications can be submitted either directly or by post.

Guidelines for submitting Application Forms
  • Non-Resident Keralites who have completed 18 years of age and working or residing with resident permit abroad for at least six months can apply for the Identity Card.
  • If more than one member from the same family reside abroad, all of them are eligible to obtain the card subject to the above condition. The NRK himself or his family members can submit applications on behalf of the NRK.
  • The sample application forms are made available in the District Panchayat offices, Muncipality and Corporation offices. Deputy Directors of Panchayats have been requested to make available the sample forms to various panchayats under their jurisdiction. Application forms in PDF format can be download from here or from Norka-Roots website
  • The filled-up application has to be attested by the respective Panchayat President / Ward Member / Councilor with his Name, Signature and Seal. If the member has no seal then the seal of the Panchayat is necessary.
  • Those applicants who have difficulty to get the signature of local bodies in Kerala can get their application attested by Indian Embassy.
  • Applications attested from the respective Indian Embassy do not require Panchayat President/Ward Member / Councilor attestation.
  • Photocopies of valid passport and visa/iquama are to be submitted along with the application.
  • The prescribed fee for the Identity Card is Rs.200/-. If the application is submitted by post, the fee has to be paid in the form of D.D. drawn in favour of Chief Executive Officer, Norka-Roots, payable at Thiruvananhapuram.

Documents to be submitted along with the application

  1. A passport size photograph of the Non-Resident Keralite (NRK) to be affixed in the application
  2. Self attested copies of the relevant pages of the passport of the NRK
  3. Copy of valid Visa or Iquama
  4. Copies of Ration Card (if available)
  5. Registration fee of Rs.200/- by cash or D.D. in favour of Chief Executive Officer, Norka-Roots

Norka-Roots offices

Applicant’s from Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram

ID Card Cell,
Norka-Roots Regional Office,
Certificate Authentication Centre,
2nd Floor, Zamorine Squire,
Link Road, Kozhikode, Kerala
Phone: 0495- 2304882, 2304885

Applicant’s from Palakkad., Thrissur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, and Alappuzha

ID Card Cell,
Norka-Roots Regional Office,
Certificate Authentication Centre,
Door No. 41/1313-B, V.M. Complex,
C.P. Ummer Road, Ernakulam, Kerala
Phone: 0484- 2371830, 2371810

Applicant’s from Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram

ID Card Cell,
Norka-Roots (Head Office),
Centre Plaza, Vazhuthacaud,
Thiruvanaanthapuram, Kerala
Phone: 0471- 2332416, 2332452

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