Govt announces date and costs for renewal of expiring National IDs

On the financial cost estimates of the mass renewal and enrollment exercise for national IDs, Minister Muhoozi says government will need over Shs430bn.

Ugandan National ID of President Museveni (File Photo)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Government has revealed the date and costs to be involved in the renewal of the soon expiring national identification (ID) cards.

According to Gen David Muhoozi, the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, under Regulation 19(1) of the Registration of Persons Regulations, a National Identification Card is valid for 10 years from the date of issue and shall be renewable in accordance with the set regulations.

While appearing before parliament on May 12, Minister Muhoozi, who previously said the first batch of National identity Cards totaling to 15.8 million which were printed and issued in 2014 and 2015 will expire between August 2024 and June 2025, and must therefore be renewed by that time.

“The security features on the polycorbonate material used to make lD cards deteriorate progressively and are severely compromised after 10 years,” Muhoozi told parliament during Thursday’s plenary.

Besides the renewal of existing IDs, the minister revealed that government will also continue to register Ugandans who have clocked 18 years of age for issuance of the identification document.

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On when the mass enrollment and renewal exercise of National IDs will be conducted, Muhoozi noted that that the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) will carry out the exercise starting next year, January 2023, to be precise.

On the financial cost estimates of the mass renewal and enrollment exercise for national IDs, Gen Muhoozi says government will need over Shs430bn.

Meanwhile, government is planning to increase the amount charged for National ID renewal and ‘error correction’ from Shs50,000 to Shs500,000. Minister Gen Muhoozi recently defended this government move.

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