How to Register Huduma Namba


How to register for Huduma namba is one of the most common questions in Kenya today.The process of registering for Huduma Number is simple. First you need to know the requirements. Before you go to register, make sure you have these documents:

Identity card if you are a Kenyan citizen. If you’re a foreigner you are required to present your passport.

Other information required, where applicable, includes:

  • Place of birth
  • Disability registration number
  • National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) number
  • National Social Security Number (NSSF)
  • Passport number and expiry date
  • Birth Certificate Entry number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Marital status and spouse name and ID/Passport number
  • Parent or Guardian name and ID/Passport number
  • Permanent and Current address
  • Contact details
  • National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) number

Where registration will take place:

For those within the country during the registration period, they can present themselves to any registration center between 7am and 5pm every day of the week. Registration will take place in every sub-location in the country under the supervision of the Assistant Chief. It will involve both fixed and mobile registration points. For information on the exact location in your sub-location where registration is taking place, please check with the nearest Assistant Chief. Citizens outside of the country can submit their information on the Huduma Namba portal but will be advised in due course on how their fingerprints and photos will be captured.

The Huduma Namba will not be issued during the mass registration exercise as there are several steps before it is issued. First is the mass registration where digital photos and fingerprints will be taken along with other biodata. The second step is the verification of the data which will take place after conclusion of the mass registration exercise. After successful verification of the data then a Huduma Namba will be issued. However all those registered will receive an acknowledgement slip to signify that their data has been captured.

Difference between Huduma namba and ID

The National ID card is issued to citizens upon attainment of 18 years of age whereas the Huduma Namba will be issued at birth for citizens or upon naturalization or approval to reside in Kenya for foreigners. Further, the personal information, particularly fingerprints were captured manually through inking of fingers. NIIMS provides for digital capture of such biometrics and its scope includes all citizens and residents in the country and thus the ID cannot be used as the baseline.

Benefits of Huduma number:

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s development blueprint, The Big 4 Agenda, comprises of Food Security; Affordable Housing; Manufacturing and Affordable Healthcare.

The Government’s move to establish a National Master Database through Huduma Namba addresses the constitutional requirement on access to public information. At the same time, it fulfils the Big 4 Agenda through creation of a national persons’ identification database that will be a reference point for other national development initiatives.

Various stakeholders who are charged with the delivery of the Big 4 targets will use the established national frame as a stepping stone so that they only capture specific technical field; such as agriculture, education and health without duplication of biometric data capture. The end users will refer to the Huduma Namba database to inform planning for the Big 4 Agenda initiatives and other development programmes.

Further, Huduma Namba seeks to build and securely avail ‘Big Data’ to all industry players on ‘need to know basis’ in pursuit of achievement of Food Security, Affordable Housing, Manufacturing and Affordable Healthcare. As articulated in the Big 4 Agenda. There will be continuous update and integration of primary registration data of all citizens’ births, deaths and foreign nationals’ resident in Kenya for efficiency in the provision of services and enhancement of national security.


The first thing to do is go to the chief’s office with your National Identity Card. The process of registration takes approximately 6 minutes. The government will capture essential details which will help in national planning.