Effective July 1, 2022, the Ghana Card will be the only form of identification for all forms of bank transactions, the Bank of Ghana has announced.
A statement issued by the central bank explained that the directive is in furtherance of its objective of ensuring the safety of the financial system.
The Bank of Ghana said it’s directive is pursuant to Regulation 7 of the National Identity Register, 2012 (L.I. 2111).
The statement said the “…Ghana Card shall be the only identification card that will be to undertake transactions at all Bank of Ghana licensed and regulated financial institutions including:
i. Banks; ii. Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions; iii. Non-Deposit-Taking Financial Institutions; iv. Payment Service Providers and Dedicated Electronic Money Issuers; v. Forex Bureaus and Credit Reference Bureaus.”
It added “In line with this Notice, Section 30 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2020 (Act 1044) and Regulation 12 of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1987), all financial institutions shall take steps to update customer records with the Ghana Card.
Customers of Bank of Ghana regulated financial institutions are therefore advised to update their records with their respective financial institutions with the Ghana Card in line with this Notice.”