The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) labeled Huduma Namba pilot project began on Monday as the Government tested the 6 billion shillings digital database targeting 50 million citizens.
The project is aimed to start on 15 counties, namely; Nairobi, Makueni, Uasin Gishu, Embu, Busia, Kajiado, Baringo, Marsabit, Kilifi, Kisii, Tana River, Embu, Kisumu, and Wajir.
Kenyans in the 15 counties will be expected to register for to the Huduma Namba platform to access services like applying for an ID, driving license, Passport or a birth certificate.
The mass registration of Kenyans will begin 18th March 2019.
NIIMS is meant to acquire data for persons from the age of six and create a central master population register. NIIMS was established in the 2018 Amendment of Registration of Persons Act Section 9A.
The registration process involves biometrics and therefore requires one to physically be present.
Foreigners such as tourists who will not be in the country for long will not be expected to have a Huduma number. Students, workers, and refugees will be expected to have a Huduma Namba.
It will be free of charge to acquire a Huduma Namba as it is a Government service. Kenyans will still be expected to carry around their National Identity card so as to identify themselves.