How To Register For A National ID In Uganda

What Is A National ID?

A national identity card is a portable document, typically a plasticized card with digitally-embedded information, that someone is required or encouraged to carry as a means of confirming their identity.

How do I register for national ID?

  1. Log in to the using your username and password registered in Absher platform.
  2. Click (Start Service).
  3. Sign in by National sign-On.
  4. Fill in required data.
  5. Register your address.
  6. The activation will be ready within 24 h.
  7. After submitting, you will receive a notification of transaction number.

Procedure To Register For A National ID In Uganda

  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.

The Required Documents To Register For A National ID In Uganda

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

Can I Register For National ID Online?

Please note that this application can not be done online. Every applicant must register for their Identity Card in person and collect it in person.

How Long Does It Take To Get A National ID In Uganda?

This process can take up to 3 months.

How Much Does A National ID Cost In Uganda?

The cost to individuals of acquiring a National ID is very low, with 84% of participants not incurring any expenses. The average expenses for acquiring a National ID stood at Uganda Shillings 1,775.

What Documents Are Needed For National ID?

Documentary Requirements

  • Certificate of Live Birth AND one (1) government-issued identification document which bears full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark.
  • Passport or ePassport;
  • Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID);

What Is National ID Used For?

The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrollment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.

Office Locations & Contacts To Register For A National ID In Uganda

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