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National ID for Free



 First registration and issuance for national id is free of charge

All other NIRA services are paid for in the bank. No money should be paid to an individual





Launch of the NIRA third party Interface

Third party interface launched

Gen Jeje Odongo Abubaker, the minister of Internal Affairs has launched a Third Party Interface (TPI), a platform that enables other entities to interact and pick information from the National Identification Register in real time. The minister was flagged by the Deputy Board chair, Ms Ruth Kavuma, Executive Director, Ms Judy Obitre- Gama and Brigadier Steven Kwiringira the Director Operation and Registrations. Present were other NIRA managers and IT technical staff including Ms Grace Nanyanzi the acting director ICT.

It’s the function of NIRA to provide access and use of information on the National Identification Register (NIR) under the Registration of Persons Act 2015 and the Registration of Persons (access and use of information) Regulations 2015.

However, access and use of information from the register is obtained upon; application and payment of prescribed fees prescribed under the Registration of Persons (fees) Regulations 2016 and/or provision of consent of the individual to whom the information relates except where access is required by law in form of a Court Order.

The minister reiterated that previously different Government entities required and inadequately collected the same data from individuals most of the time, which caused duplication. “Government, therefore, considered that such a role would be performed by a single entity with permission to share the data and that is what gave way for the establishment of parliament by an Act of Parliament” he said.

It should be noted that the Interface has been ready for access and use since November 2017. It has since been successfully tested and integrated with some government entities like Uganda Investment Authority to facilitate the operationalization of a one-stop centre for business, URA for payment verification and tax payer’s registration and telecoms through Uganda Communications Commission for the purpose of verification of sim card applicant’s data.

Other entities that so far have benefitted from data sharing include National Social Security Fund, Public Service, Uganda Prisons Services and Uganda Electoral Commission.

Follow the link below to see the Minister’s presentation.

Presentation at TPI Launch




Pilot Districts for ID card replacement

Replacement of lost national IDs was only being done at the NIRA headquarters at Kololo Independence Grounds. However recently we rolled out a project to do replacements at districts and we have pilot districts where this is being done. Please see list below. 

Western Region           

  • Mbarara                             
  • Kabale
  • Masaka

Mid Western

  • Kabarole
  • Hoima
  • Masindi
  • Bundibugyo

North Western

  • Lira
  • Gulu
  • Adjumani
  • Arua

North Eastern

  • Moroto
  • Soroti

Eastern Uganda

  • Mbale
  • Jinja
  • Busia

Central Region

  • Mukono

Lost and Found Cards

Please check publications for Lost and Found Cards or follow this link LOST AND FOUND CARDS BY REGION if your ID card is among the list please go to NIRA HQ at Kololo Airstrip to retrieve it.


Registration of Learners Exercise rolled out, registers progress.

The project to register all school going children aged five to sixteen years in both government and private founded schools that commenced on 29th May has entered gained momentum. The exercise is being conducted at all (primary, post primary, secondary and tertiary) schools across the country; whether or not registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports.

As planned the project rolled out starting with the farthest (regions) parts of the country including, Karamoja, Mbarara, Jinja, Soroti, Arua, Gulu and Kampala. The delivery of kits and related materials that is used during the registration exercise continues in the rest of the regions. In some regions the one month targets have already been achieved.

To enable proper and efficient capturing of biodata, parents and guardians are encouraged to help their children fill the forms and attach photocopies of parents’ National IDs in the case of Ugandan nationals, while foreigners will attach copies of their passports and refugee cards for refugees.

The exercise is being implemented in collaboration with the ministry of Education & Sports among other Government agencies. As was the case during Mass enrollment in 2014, the Multi Sectorial approach is being used to implement the project. By using this approach, government is able to share infrastructure and resources which facilitates a shorter period of registration. It also reduces the overall cost of registration by 13 billion. Among other benefits, on completion of the project it will improve service delivery through development of e-Government services; and also provision of ready identification data will support effective planning for government services.


The exercise is being implemented throughout the course of term two and will end on 30th August 2017.


NIRA’s exhibtion at World Bank group open day registers high attendance

NIRA exhibited and offered registration services to the public that visited its tent at the World Bank Group open day event. Over six hundred (600) patrons visited the display tent for the purpose of acquiring NIRA services. Those who had all the requirements needed for; enrollment of National IDs were immediately registered and their biometric data captured. Those who also sought to acquire birth certificates or adoption orders and had the requirements were attended to. While others who just needed to have an in-depth understanding of NIRA services were given necessary information and brochures.

Over fifty government agencies participated in the World Bank group open day to showcase their activities and services. The event “Partnering for Development,” was designed to help the public learn more about the benefits and the positive impact of many Bank-financed projects was held at Kololo Ceremonial grounds.

According to Christina Malmberg Calvo, the World Bank Country Manager, “The Open Day is an opportunity to learn more about our work in the country and discuss how our support can have a positive impact on the lives of Ugandans.”

The World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework (2016-2021) was also launched. It focuses on strengthening governance, accountability, and service delivery; raising incomes in rural areas; and boosting inclusive economic growth in urban areas.

As an organization NIRA seeks to take its services closer to the clients and exhibitions are provide such opportunities to further this goal.


Check ID Status

You can now dial *216# on your Phone to check ID application status and access your NIN if you registered for national ID.


Over three hundred Registered at the Kampala Baby Expo

The Birth and Adoption Order Registration outreach held at the Kampala Baby Expo which aimed at registering child births and Adoption Orders recorded a success. The registration was for the purpose of issuance of birth certificates and adoption order certificates respectively.

A total of one hundred sixty three (163) birth certificates were issued on the spot owing to the well-founded verification process. The rest of the applicants who never collected their birth certificates or for their children will obtain them from the NIRA branch office located at; headquarters of Post office along Kampala Road.

The exercise that mainly targeted to register and issue birth certificates to children was conducted for two days over the weekend.  The event was part of the out reaches NIRA organizes to take its services closer to people. And in the meantime a number of similar (Birth, Death and Adoption Order Registration) activities have been lined up across selected parts of the country, including in; Tororo, Gulu and Mbarara.



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