How to Apply, Get Huduma Number Kenya

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Every Kenyan Citizen will now be required to have a huduma number (Namba) issued through the NIIMS portal. This is applicable to every person residing in Kenya. Below is how to get your Huduma Number.

A guide on niims registration and how to get Huduma Number in Kenya

What is NIIMS in Kenya?

NIIMS is a portal for the registration of all Kenyan Citizens and foreigners within the country. The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) is used to establish a master population register that will be the only single source of identifying any person in Kenya. The process of NIIMS registration is done offline but the data is stored online and will be shared among different government agencies listed below.

After registration, you will be issued with a Huduma number (namba). This however does not invalidate other registration processes like (Registration for ID or birth certificate). It only assists in issuing persons residing in Kenya with an identification number that will pinpoint them (you) across all sectors of government by just typing the number.

Function of NIIMS in Kenya

Now that we have provided a description of what niims is, here are its functions in brief;
  • To create and maintain the national population in Kenya
  • To assign a unique national identification Huduma number to every person registered.
  • Help in the issuance of national identification cards, foreigner certificates, births and death certificates, driving licenses, work permits, passports and foreign travel documentation, student identification cards, and all other forms of government-issued identification documentation

What is Huduma Number (Namba)?

Huduma Number (Namba) is a number provided through NIIMS registration that is the ‘source of truth’ of identity of all persons residing in Kenya. Unlike a national ID or birth certificate that is issued to only Kenyan Citizens, Huduma Number will be issued to all persons residing in Kenya, be it refugees or foreigners.

Is it a Must to register at NIIMS for Huduma Number?

Yes, this is a must have. If you don’t have Huduma Namber, you will not be able to access government services including registration or renewal or replacement of National ID, Application for Passport, Application or renewal for driving license, Birth certificate

NIIMS Registration Form Filling Details

The niims registration form will collect the following information from you during registration;
  • Biodata information
  • Nationality (Citizen, Foreigner, Dual Citizen)
  • Parent/ guardian details
  • Place of birth
  • Marital status
  • Education details
  • Employment status
  • Disability
  • Agricultural activities
  • Biometric details
  • Your Photo

Process of how your information is captured through NIIMS and stored

Below is a step by step process on how your information is collected and stored;
  • STEP 1: You will fill in a hard copy that contains your biodata, biometrics, and photos
  • STEP 2: This information is transferred to a registration kit that stores captured data locally
  • STEP 3: At the end of the day the information is uploaded to the server
  • STEP 4: The data is then the fed to the Huduma Namba Server and UPI is generated.

NOTE: Just like ID, when you apply for Huduma Number you are not given immediately. It will be generated after the application.

Process of NIIMS Registration and issuance of Huduma Numbers

Where will the Huduma Number (Namba) be used?

The huduma number (Namba) will be used for registration and processing of information in the following government departments;
  • NRB
  • CRD
  • Refugees Affairs
  • Immigration
  • NSSF
  • NHIF
  • IEBC
  • KNBS
  • NTS
Among others that we will list later

How to Register for Huduma Number through NIIMS

Registration for a NIIMS for Huduma Namba (Number) is currently not done online because you are required to present yourself physically. Go to your sub-chief office or sub-county office if you cannot locate any registration center near your (2017 Voting Centre). In Nairobi, go to the nearest place of residence chief’s office.

Huduma Centers are currently not registering for Huduma Number but we will update when they start.

Huduma contacts and Official Details
Download Huduma Registration form pdf
Huduma Number official website:
Telephone Number: +254-20-2227411
Geoffrey Nevine — IT Services and IT Consulting

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