The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) is a mass biometric registration system introduced by the Kenyan Government to create, manage and store population data.
NIIMS involves the collection of biometric data which allows the system to generate a unique number known as Huduma Namba which will enable the holder to access government services, including driving license, ID and birth certificate applications.
Registration began last month in selected counties and the master population database will be the single entity containing the personal information of all Kenyans and foreigners who have acquired citizenship.
Biometric data means unique identifiers or attributes including fingerprints, hand geometry, earlobe geometry, retina and iris patterns, voice waves and DNA samples. Applicants will also be required to provide postal address, land reference number and plot or house number information.
All Kenyans and foreigners living in the country aged six and above will need to register. Short term visitors or tourists do not need to acquire a Huduma Namba but foreign workers, students and asylum seekers will have to register.
To register, you will be required to carry original copies of your identification documents such as ID, passport, birth certificate, driving license, KRA pin and most importantly, be physically present at the station.
Parents should be accompanied by all their children even those below six years during the registration process. You must carry either the child’s birth certificate, birth notification or clinical card in cases where the child was born in the house.
Parents must be able to present their identification documents along with any National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) cards whose information will also be included in the same Huduma Namba.
To register for Huduma Namba:
Get to the registration centre with your documents. You will fill in a hard copy that contains your bio-data. These are available for free at the registration stations.
Alternatively, you can also download the form online on the NIIMS website and fill the form in advance.
Only tick yes to a document that you can provide an original copy of at the registration desk.
For any child below six years, you only show the birth certificate.
For any children above six years old, you will be required to fill a separate form.
The first officer will check if all the information you have provided is accurate.
Once satisfied, they will pass the form on to another officer who will transfer this information to a registration kit that stores captured data locally.
The first officer will check if all the information you have provided is accurate. Once satisfied, they will pass the form on to another officer who will transfer this information to a registration kit that stores captured data locally.
The registration officer will then take a separate photo of you and your child(ren) above six years of age.
The registration officer then takes images of your documents and any birth certificates of your children.
The information is then uploaded to the server. Submitted data is then fed to the Huduma Namba Server and a UPI is generated.
The officers then take fingerprints of your child and you separately.
They will then ask you to your right-hand thumbprint in order to finish the registration process.
The clerk prepares an acknowledgement slip for you and your child and gives it to you alongside all your documents. This is the slip that you will use to collect your Huduma Namba card once they are generated.