New applications for a BI require a valid birth certificate and photo. If renewing a BI within six months of expiry a birth certificate is not required, just the old card and new photo. If replacing a lost/stolen/expired BI, a new application must be made and so both a birth certificate and photo are required.
The BI is a 10.5 cm x 7.2 cm laminated card, embossed with an issuing seal. It is titled with República de Moçambique (English: Republic of Mozambique) with the national seal. It includes the following information about the card holder:
1 Officially the Republic of China, partially unrecognised. 2 Kosovo's declaration of Independence is not universally recognised and Serbia holds that Kosovo is an integral part of its territory. 3Transcontinental country.
Biometric identity cards () are indicated in italics.