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Huduma Namba initiative is anchored on Executive Order No.1of 2018 and Sec.9A of the
Registration of Persons Act, 2018. The programme is envisioned to develop a National
Integrated Biometric Population Database of information on persons’ Identify for all Kenya
Citizens and Foreign Nationals residing in Kenya. The system is also aimed at assigning a
Unique Personal Identification Number that will be critical in enhancing government
planning and efficient service delivery.
Huduma Namba is a useful tool for the government to use in national planning, social
services, project resource allocation, and even project infrastructure. It is conducted by the
National Integrated Identity Management system (NIIMS) and involves collecting biometric
data after which the systems generates a unique number (Huduma Namba).
No other document gives the government the ability to serve its people that way. Once done,
the Huduma Namba will be the only identification document you will need. Without it, it will
be difficult to access any government services that require documentation, just as you cannot
do so without a national ID card.
In order to ensure smooth registration process,one is required required to have the following
documents:a) Mandatory Documents: –i. A valid Kenya passport or a Kenya National
Identity Card (ID) for persons aged eighteen (18) years and above. ii. A Certificate of
birth for persons below 18 years.b) Other documents that you may require during the
registration include: i. Driving Licence ii. National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF)
Cardiii. National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Cardiiii. Kenya Revenue Authority PIN and
any other relevant documents. The Registration officer will need to capture your biometrics
and photo image of your documents. Children Below the Age of 6 Years will not be required
to provide biometrics. The biometrics and document capture cannot be executed unless the
applicant has completed the online application form.
A new website for the process was launched to enable Kenyans to download the registration
form so that they fill at convenience and take to the registration centers.The registration is for
Kenyans aged six and above. In this regard younger children will be captured on the system
under the parents or guardians ‘profile’.
The mandatory documents required to register for a Kenyan citizen above 18 years of age is
an original national ID card and those below 18 years an original birth certificate.Foreign
residents are required to bring their passports or alien cards. All these documents are recorded
in different databases so Huduma Namba consolidates the information to arrive at the ‘single
source of truth’ regarding a Kenyan.
There is no new data the government is looking for nor is DNA needed. Those who may not
have these documents should present themselves to the NIIMS registration officers for further
guidance.Other information required, where applicable, includes:Place of birth,Disability
registration number,National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) number,National Social
Security Number (NSSF),Passport number and expiry date,Birth Certificate Entry
number,Driver’s license number,Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Personal Identification
Number (PIN),Marital status and spouse name and ID/Passport number,Parent or Guardian
name and ID/Passport number,Permanent and Current address, Contact details, National
Education Management Information System (NEMIS) number.
The first stage of registration involves filling a form (hard copy) containing your photos,
biometrics, and biodata. After that, this data will be moved to the registration kit that helps in
storing all the captured information locally. The third stage involves uploading the
information to the server before it is entered in the Huduma Namba Server. Finally, your
Unique Personal Identity (UPI) will be generated.
There is no online registration, and you will need to present yourself physically by the 18th of
May 2019. The entire process was initially scheduled to take 30 days, but it was further
extended to 45 days.
Registration for Huduma Namba (Number) is currently not done online because you are
required to present yourself physically. For those within the country during the registration
period, they can present themselves to any registration center between 7 am and 5 pm every
day of the week. Registration will take place in every sub-location in the country under the
supervision of the Assistant Chief. It will involve both fixed and mobile registration points.
For information on the exact location in your sub-location where registration is taking place,
please check with the nearest Assistant Chief.
Citizens outside of the country can submit their information on the Huduma Namba portal but
will be advised in due course on how their fingerprints and photos will be captured.
The law of the Republic recognizes the number and process of registration. Relevant laws
have already been enacted; therefore, no litigation can deter the rollout. The Registration of
Persons Act was amended and endorsed in the national assembly to comprise data capture
and digital biometric. Also, the Huduma Namba Bill has already been tabled in parliament to
offer provisions for the protection of information as well as include consent to capture the
Step 1:
You will fill in a hard copy that contains your bio data, biometrics.
The registration officer will also need to take a photo of you, take fingerprints and ask you to
sign or use your thumbprint in order to finish the registration process.
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: The Huduma Namba will not be issued during the mass registration exercise as there
are several steps before it is issued. After successful verification of the data then a Huduma
Namba will be issued.
However all those registered will receive an acknowledgment slip to signify that their data
has been captured.
After the registration, the gadgets will be left with the chiefs to continue updating the digital
register with information such as births, deaths, marriages, and any other updates.
What happens when a person's registration details change? (Marital status, employment
status, current physical address education details, etc)
When a persons’ registration details change, they should contact the mandated agency who
will update their details.
For example, if a child attains the age of 18 years they should contact the National
Registration Bureau (NRB).
Also, should a person die, their next of kin should contact the Civil Registration Service
The operationalization of the Huduma Namba will lead to harmonization of this in due
What are the benefits of registering for Huduma Namba?
The Huduma Namba will make the lives of Kenyans easy. Once data is captured digitally,
you will never again have to queue to submit new data unless you choose to.
In the same way that your driver’s license or national ID have the original photo taken as a
teenager, so too shall the Huduma Namba.
Single identification numbers have been used in the West to help governments plan; disburse
benefits such as welfare, healthcare, housing, and agriculture.The government hopes Huduma
Namba will play a similar role in channeling resources to the elderly, school children, the
disabled, members of the proposed housing fund, small and medium enterprises and farmers.
It also hopes the number would aid in combating fraud.
It could also help check the unwanted entry into the country by foreigners in the wake of
terrorist threats and attacks.
The development of the NIIMS system has taken into account international best practice and
global standards in the collection, transmission, and storage of all collected data.
The data will only accessible by authorized officers and government agencies for official use
Laws have been put in place to ensure no litigation hinders the rollout of this programme.
The Registration of Persons Act was amended in the National Assembly to include digital
biometric and data capture.
A standalone Huduma Namba Bill is currently in Parliament and it includes permission to
capture data as well as makes provisions for the protection of that information. Kenyans are
guaranteed protection to any personal information submitted on the portal. According to the
ruling by the three High Court judges, it is in public interest that such systems that collect
your personal information never infringe on any of your rights. Moreover, other sections of
the process were scrapped off such as the collection of GPS information and DNA samples.
Huduma Namba is a free service by the government of Kenya handled by the National
Integrated Identity Management Systems (NIIMS). The directive by President Uhuru
Kenyatta is aimed at ensuring all Kenyans are digitally registered and issued with a
government Huduma identification number. It has been subject to debate with citizens from
different parts of the country giving different views on the same.
The registration is currently taking place countrywide, and Kenyans from all corners of the
country are encouraged to participate. However, it is an entirely voluntary affair, and you will
not be forced by anyone to surrender your information or documents without your consent.
This is according to a court ruling that allowed the process to go on but on several conditions.
Still, the emphasis has been put on Kenyan citizens by naturalization, birth, or naturalization
to register.
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