Registration for new national IDs begins in June 2023, says Gen. Otafiire

The Internal Affairs Minister, Major Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, has disclosed that the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) will begin a fresh national identity card registration exercise for all Ugandans in June 2023, as the current IDs expire in 2024.

Internal affairs minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafire flanked by Rosemary Kisembo, the executive director of NIRA

He said the new National ID will have new features while retaining the bio data already in the system, including the current NIN.

The cards will be issued free of charge, except for those seeking express processing, Otafiire said while speaking to journalists at the Media Center.

Otafiire said the current National IDs have a shelf life of ten years, which is coming to an end in 2024. In 2024, Otafiire added, the country will begin using more user-friendly National IDs due to technological advances.

He observed that the National IDs have a shelf life of 10 years to allow for such technological advances---which ensure the change of the features on the IDs without necessarily requiring the change of the current NIN.

Your NIN does not cease. The bio-data that was captured does not change, we shall only improve the variables captured on your ID,” he said.

He added that although the national ID is free of charge, express national IDs can be applied for via the internet at a fee of 50,000 shillings.

We are doing our level best to make sure that every Ugandan is registered and given his identity and every child who is born is registered and given a national identification number and also given means of identity,” Otafiire stated.

NIRA will reach every parish and every village, Otafiire’s ministry will ensure, so that Ugandans don’t have to move long distances register for a national ID.

National Identity Cards are a prerequisite for opening bank accounts, registration of sim cards, obtaining travel documents, voting, and registration for the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) for those seeking formal employment.

To obtain a National ID, one must produce a medical birth certificate, a citizen card showing that they are Ugandans by birth, information about their biological parents, ethnic clan and their original residential location.

Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox

Welcome to the Pulse Community! We will now be sending you a daily newsletter on news, entertainment and more. Also join us across all of our other channels - we love to be connected!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulse.ug

Recommended articles

Our soldiers involved in the DRC helicopter accident are recovering well - Gen. Kainerugaba

Our soldiers involved in the DRC helicopter accident are recovering well - Gen. Kainerugaba

Media body asks Museveni not to sign the Computer Misuse Bill

Media body asks Museveni not to sign the Computer Misuse Bill

'Don't compare Shs80,000 allowance to human life' - Aceng tells Ebola task force

'Don't compare Shs80,000 allowance to human life' - Aceng tells Ebola task force

'Kibanda' video hall operator burns customer to death over Shs5,000 in Arua

'Kibanda' video hall operator burns customer to death over Shs5,000 in Arua

UPDF hunting for men who kidnapped, robbed Pakistan national

UPDF hunting for men who kidnapped, robbed Pakistan national

Education minister says 'activists' promoting immorality in schools will be arrested

Education minister says 'activists' promoting immorality in schools will be arrested

Katikkiro Peter Mayiga lauds KCCA over improved service delivery

Katikkiro Peter Mayiga lauds KCCA over improved service delivery

How police trailed, arrested 'Kigaali' criminal gang leader at musical concert

How police trailed, arrested 'Kigaali' criminal gang leader at musical concert

Kisoro district MP collapses in parliament during EALA representatives elections

Kisoro district MP collapses in parliament during EALA representatives elections