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Uganda - National Identification Number Registration of Alien Persons (Foreigner)

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Apply in person

  1. Applicant should gather all the required documents, and visit the National identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) or the register office near to you
  2. Approach the services desk and request for the application form A read through the instruction carefully and fill it accurately, attach all required documents copy and submit them to the registrar
  3. The registrar will then verify and process your application if all the information are in order and enter you into the register book and issue you with a unique identification number, you will be asked when to came and collect your alien identity card
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Required Documents[edit]

  1. Valid passport of the applicant (copy and original)
  2. Bank slip (proof of payment)at any of the banks with URA services
  3. Work permit
  4. Certificate of residence
  5. Accurately dully filled and signed application form
  6. Two passport photograph

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

National identification and Registration Authority
National Independence Grounds, Kololo Airstrip
P.O. Box 26529, Kampala-Uganda
Tel (Reception): +256 312119600
For Inquiries on National Identification Registration
Call: +256 312119631/+256 312119639
For Inquiries on Birth, Death and Adoption Order Registration
Call: +256 312119601
For Inquiries on Public Relations
Call: +256 312119605

Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Head Office Plot 5 George Street, Georgian House
P.O Box 6848 Kampala Uganda
Telephone + 256414233219
Call Centre +256417338100
Toll Free Line 0800100006
Fax: +256414250712
Website portal: [1]

Ministry of Immigration and foreign affairs Uganda
Plot 75, Jinja Road
P. O. Box 7165 / 7191, Kampala - Uganda
Telephone contact: + 256 414 595 945
Fax: +256 414 348 707
Website: Directorate of immigration
Email Enquiry Form: contact -us

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  • All alien person living in Uganda of 18 years and above



Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. 	
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url '' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.
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Withdrawal of alien’s identity cards.

The board shall withdraw the alien’s identity card of any alien—

  • on the holder acquiring citizenship of Uganda
  • on the holder’s departure from Uganda with no intention of returning or
  • On the death of the holder.

Required Information[edit]

  1. Full name of the applicant
  2. Passport number of the applicant
  3. Nationality of the applicant
  4. Sex of the applicant
  5. Residence address of the applicant
  6. Signature of the applicant
  7. Date of birth/place of the application
  8. Date of the application
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Need for the Document[edit]

  • Alien ID card is a document for foreign nationals which enables them to have an ID recognized by Uganda government institutions and gives access to services such as URA PIN and applying for work permit, opening a business bank account, applying for Company URA PIN, making tax returns and many more

Information which might help[edit]

Loss of identity card

  1. On the loss, destruction or damage of an identity card, the holder of the card shall report the loss, destruction or damage to the nearest police station or immigration office giving the details of the identity card and a detailed account of the circumstances under which the loss, destruction or damage occurred, and the officer in charge or immigration officer shall issue a temporary document to the holder notifying the loss, destruction or damage of the card.
  2. Where a card reported lost is not found within a month of its loss, and in case of destruction or damage as soon as practicable, the registration officer shall issue a new card to the alien.

Independent registration at eighteen years

  1. On attaining the age of eighteen years, an alien registered as a child shall present himself or herself to the registration officer of his or her place of residence for an independent registration and on his or her registration—
    (a) His or her name shall be struck off the list of children
    (b) He or she shall be issued with a registration certificate and identity card

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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