The government of Kenya has announced that the registration process for Maisha Namba will commence within 2 weeks from today across the country. Maisha Namba digital identification card will be available to all Kenyans irrespective of age.
Maisha Namba is Kenya’s new personal identification digital card that replaces the old Identification card. Maisha Namba seeks to merge a number of personal identification documents into one reducing the burden of Kenyans carrying many documents to identify themselves.
The Unique Personal Identifier (UPI) number available on Maisha Namba card will be issued at birth and be used for services like school registration, tax payment, etc. It is important to note that the Maisha Card for under 18s and Over 18s will be different. Once you turn 18 years old, you will have to apply for a different Maisha Card for adults but the ID number will remain the same.
Data processing will be managed by the National Digital Identity Management System.
How to apply for Maisha Namba Card
To apply for a Maisha Namba Card, visit any birth certificate or identity card registration center in your Sub County or Huduma Center. New ID Card applicants and those replacing IDs from September 29, 2023, will be issued with a Maisha Card.
The process of registration for Maisha Namba Card will start on September 29, 2023.
The transition period from the old ID Card to Maisha Card is 2 years. This means Kenyans have up to 2 years to ensure that they have applied for a Maisha Card. PS Julius Bitok indicated that No fresh biometrics will be required for Maisha Number registration.
Definition: Namba as used in Maisha Namba is a Kiswahili word that means Number.
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