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Uganda - Obtain a National Identification Card

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  1. Prepare all the required documents for the application of your National Identity Card
  2. Visit any parish at your sub-county or any NIRA office in your region.
  3. Request for the application from 3, fill it and attach all the documents to it.
  4. If there is a queue, sit and wait for your turn and present the application form with the attached documents to the registration officer.
  5. The officer will verify your documents if the details provided are correct and will direct you to another station.
  6. At this station your biometric data will be collected i.e. your fingerprints and photo.
  7. You will be instructed when you ID will be ready for collection.
  8. You can also check you ID application status by dialling *216# and access your National Identification Number (NIN)


  • Where a person turns 18 years, they should apply for National Identity Card.
  • within ninety days of turning eighteen years.
  • Application for Identity Cards cannot be delegated, applicants must apply in person.

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Required Documents[edit]

Citizens by birth
Citizens of Uganda by birth must present the following requirements:

  • Copy of National ID of both or either parent (if parents are alive)
  • A certified copy of a birth certificate
In the absence of the above, attach the following
  • Recommendation letter from LC 1 chairman stating clearly that applicant is known indicating,
  • Applicant’s names
  • Details of parents
  • period of stay in LC1 locality
  • Tribe and clan
  • The letter should be signed with official stamp of LC1 Chairperson (include Telephone contact) and GISO/DISO
  • Identification bearing applicant’s photo

Dual Citizenship

  • Certified copy of certificate of Dual Citizenship
  • Passport of current country of residence

Citizens by Registration

  • Certified copy of Certificate of Citizenship by registration issued by National Citizenship and Immigration Control Board (NCIB)
  • Identification bearing applicant’s photo


  • certified copy of Certificate of Naturalization as Ugandan issued by NCIB
  • Identification bearing applicant’s photo

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


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
Directions and contact Info: NIRA contacts

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  • All Ugandan citizens of age 18 and above


  • Application from NIC is free


10 years and its subject for renewal.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • Within 1 month

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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  • Where it is possible, all persons are encouraged to apply to be registered within the parish/sub-county of their places of origin or residence. This is particularly important because it is most likely the place where you and your parents/ancestors are best known for the purpose of identification and citizenship verification.
  • For persons originating or with ethnic connections with border communities, you are encouraged to as much as possible go back to these places for registration.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of the applicant
  • Residential address
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Indigenous community/tribe to which the applicant belongs
  • Place of origin
  • Occupation/profession
  • Spouse’s name
  • Parents name, nationality, tribe and clan.

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Need for the Document[edit]

There are many situations where you need to prove that who you are. The identity card will allow you to do this in number of ways;

  • Proving Age
  • Traveling abroad within the East African Region (as per the signed protocols allowing for the use of the National Identity Card across the region)
  • On day to day basis for identification to law enforcement officers.
  • Accessing financial services e.g. Opening a bank account.
  • Processing land transactions
  • Confirming right to work.
  • Accessing public services for which citizens are entitled.
  • Identifying you as a citizen for purposes of voting.


Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • The National identity card is a very important document when you are applying for your Biometric passport.

External Links[edit]

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