How to easily get your Huduma Number

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.

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.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has his photo taken when he launched the registration exercise of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) in Machakos county on April 2, 2019.

Is it 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

Getting the Huduma Number is an easy process. Just visit the nearest location where the Huduma agents are doing the registration.Below is how to get your Huduma Number.

Remember to carry with you these documents:

1). National Identity card
2). Birth certificate (For those without IDs).
3). National Hospital Insurance Fund, NHIF card.
4). National Social Security Fund, NSSSF, card.
5). Driver’s Licence
6). Kenya Revenue Authority, KRA, PIN.
7). Passport
8). For non-citizens: Passport, Alien ID/ Refugee number


The following data is captured onto the form:

  1. Personal numbers:
  2. Birth Certificate number
  3. ID number
  4. Passport number
  5. PIN Number
  6. Driver’s license number
  7. NHIF number
  8. NSSF number
  9. Other important data:
  10. Father’s ID number
  11. Mother’s ID number
  12. Spouse’s ID number.
  13. What else do you need to know?
  14. Village name
  15. Sub location
  16. Location
  17. Division
  18. Sub county
  19. Contact details.

d). Biometric data capture

Since the biometric data is required, one has to present himself/ herself at the temporary registration centre. The following biometric data is taken:

  1. Finger prints for all available fingers
  2. Digital Passport photo.

In case the biometric data capture device fails to detect one’s finger print (s), the individual will be expected to digitally sign.

Once the registration exercise is successful, the registration clerks will present you with an Acknowledge Slip. The slip has:Birth Certificate/ Notification/ ID/ Passport/ Alien ID Number, registration date and your name.

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