The government on Wednesday announced that those who applied for Huduma Namba will start receiving notifications to collect their cards.

In a statement on January 20, 2021, the state via the Interior Ministry said it had rolled out mass printing of the cards.

“If you registered, you will soon receive an SMS notification prompting you when and where to collect yours,” the ministry said on Twitter.

In November, the government announced that the current National Identification Card (ID card) will be phased out by December 12, 2021, and replaced by Huduma Namba cards.

Huduma Card Rollout

Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru had said the government will begin nationwide rollout of the cards in December.

Huduma Namba also referred to as the National Integrated Identity Management System (Niims), was introduced in 2019 and was billed as the single source of personal identification for Kenyans and persons resident in Kenya.

All Kenyans of at least 18 years of age will be required to have the card while children who have attained 6 years will be issued with a minor’s Huduma Namba card.