The government has launched the digital registration of all Kenyans in a pilot program targeting 15 counties.
The system is expected to be the authentic source of all persons residing in Kenya aged 6 and above including foreigners.
The trial process will take 30 days before being rolled out across the country.
The system, once fully implemented, will require all residents of Kenya, including foreigners to register in person.
The NIIMs system will then capture biometric data for everyone over the age of 6 in order to create a master register of all citizens and foreigners in Kenya.
Each NIIMS registration will generate a unique number to be known as a Huduma Namba whose purpose will be to assign a personal unique identification to facilitate government services.
No one will be able to access government services without the Huduma Namba.
What is NIIMS?
The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) is a mass biometric registration system introduced by the Government to create, manage and store Kenya’s population data.
The NIIMS system, is meant to aid the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics in accessing data during the census scheduled for August 2019.
The master population database will be the single entity with all personal information of all Kenyans and foreigners who have acquired citizenship.
Biometric data means unique identifiers or attributes including fingerprints, hand geometry, earlobe geometry, retina and iris patterns, voice waves and DNA samples.
NIIMS will integrate GPS monitoring for persons applying for new identification cards as they will be required to provide information about their postal address, land reference number and plot or house number.
To register, a person will be required to carry original copies of their identification documents such as ID, birth certificate, driving license, KRA pin and most importantly, physically present themselves at the station.