Chairperson of The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Tariq Malik, while addressing the concluding session of the 14th Annual Rural Women Conference, has said that Women now free to retain their father’s name on CNIC after marriage.

The chairperson said that NADRA is abolishing an “unofficial policy” that made it compulsory for women to replace their father’s name with their husband’s name on their computerized national identity cards.

He clarified that there was no official policy by NADRA that made it compulsory for women to change their surname after marriage, Dawn News has reported.


Earlier you were required to get a new card with your husband’s name on it. That restriction has now been lifted.

“We are breaking down this policy and women now have the authority to register themselves with their father’s or husband’s name…It’s their choice and not of a man’s,” said Malik.