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Birth and Death registration to commence at District level

The program to roll out registration of births and deaths in most of the districts has flagged off. The outreaches that are intended for the communities considered remote and underserved cover at least sixty three districts country wide as classified by World Bank. The Authority is implementing this program in phases, rolling out four districts at a time in tandem.

The Program is being supported by the International Development Association (IDA) to expand the service such areas that were yet to be covered.

Registration of births plays a vital role, among others in the promotion of person’s right of Identity, Nationality and Parentage. It’s the most visible Legal evidence or recognition of the existence of an individual. And to a country, it provides a major source of vital statistics for national planning and precise resource allocation. Continuous Birth and Death Registration reduces the need for the National Demographic and Housing Census which has huge expenses. Timely Registration of births provides accurate information on infant mortality rate and under 5 mortality rates.  It also helps in monitoring the disease and mortality patterns and causes of death and in enforcing laws relating to minimum age for employment.

In preparation for the programme the Authority conducted refresher trainings for; District Registration Officers and Senior Registration Officers on Birth, Death and Adoption Order procedures as well as various legal frameworks surrounding the registrations. The Human Resource Office has since continued to offer similar trainings.


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 First registration and issuance for national id is free of charge

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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




Biometric Card readers handed over to Uganda Communications Commission

Biometric Card readers handed over to Uganda Communications Commission

Machines that make it possible to read details technologically encrypted on Uganda’s National IDs have been handed over to Uganda Communications Commission by NIRA Executive Director, Ms Judy Obitre-Gama, a move expected to ease and hasten simcard validation by telecoms

NIRA as a body with the mandate among others to register Ugandans and legally resident foreigners and issue them with National IDs and alien IDs respectively offered the machines to resolve the simcard validation impasse.  Uganda Communications Commission directed telecoms to validate simcards using NINs or National IDs but had since stalled citing the inability of real time verification.  It then followed that most Ugandans who needed to replace or purchase simcards have been unable to do so but NIRA has made possible by in the meantime offering card reading machines to telecoms through UCC.

UCC is the telecom’s regulator and will within it’s discretion choose how to distribute the fifty card readers amongst the telecoms.

NIRA having understood the apparent burden telecom users are undergoing offered the biometric card readers to ease the process. The Machines will facilitate real time verification of the National Identity cards and telecoms are expected to commence the usage.  Henceforth holders of National ID cards will have them read by the machine and a thumb print taken for further verification. Quickening the process because, there will be no need for confirmation of information letters for those who will display their National IDs at telecom service centers.

However, Telecoms are expected within thirty days to have installed their own machines throughout respective country wide service centers.  

It’s important to note that the real time connectivity between UCC, telecoms and NIRA using the developed API to validate simcards using National IDs has been tested and concluded.





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

Alien Registration

Registration of aliens is currently on going at the NIRA head offices at the National Independence grounds, Kololo airstrip.


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.