There are simple procedures to follow in order to get your National identification number(NIN), follow the procedure below

  1. visit

  2. A new page will open which requires the following details

  • First name

  • surname

  • First mother's name

  • Mother's last name

After filling in all the details required enter the security word indicated on your page then hit the send button.

Then you will be asked some questions related to the information filled in during NIDA registration, make sure you answer them correctly, any mistake will result into failure to get your NIDA number


The National Identification Authority (NIDA) has expanded the scope of knowing the National Identification Number (NIN) by sending free text messages to number 15096.

To get this service;

Send a FREE Short Message (SMS) to 15096 by writing; Applicant's First Name*Applicant's Last Name*Applicant's Date of Birth*Mother's First Name*Mother's Last Name. For example, IDDI*ALI*01021990*ASHA*MAO.

To get answers, make sure you write the correct information as it was filled in the application form for the National Identity Card.

This service aims to make it easier for National ID applicants to get a NIN without having to go to NIDA Offices.


The idea of ​​establishing National IDs for Tanzanian citizens and foreigners living in Tanzania was born in 1968 at the "Interstate Intelligence Gathering" meeting that included delegates from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. At that time the countries of Kenya and Zambia already had their National IDs.

It was decided that in order to strengthen security relations based on the Rule of Law in the four countries, the countries of Uganda and Tanzania must also issue National Identity Cards to their citizens.

There have been various efforts by the Government to ensure that all Tanzanians and resident foreigners are provided with National Identity Cards, but these efforts could not bear the desired results for a long time due to various reasons.

In 1986, the Government enacted the Identity Law, which was not implemented or formulated.

It is clear that at this time there is great importance to have National IDs according to the existing environment. The establishment of the East African Community where five countries have united and agreed that the people of those countries can visit each other without distraction has also increased the importance of having IDs.

It should be noted that Tanzania is the only country in the Community that does not have National Identity Cards.

The feasibility study of National IDs held in 2006 has shown that the Project is feasible. In addition, the statement has specified the estimated costs of the Project and the way the project will be implemented where "Smartcard" technology will be used as agreed by the Council of Ministers in a session held in Dodoma in February, 2007.

The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has already signed the Document authorizing the establishment of a body to manage National Identifications known as the National Identification Authority (NIDA).

This document has been published in the Government Gazette, GN No.122 dated 01/08/2008.

In addition, in its session on February 3, 2007, the Council of Ministers gave instructions to create a Steering Committee of Secretaries General, Heads of Departments and Units concerned with important matters regarding National IDs.

This committee, among other things, will be responsible for providing guidance and direction for the Project's programs.

The Council also decided that the feasibility report of Gotham International Limited (GIL) should be the guide for the implementation of the Project and the Company was appointed as the Project's Lead Consultant.

In another step, the Government issued guidance that various information on the implementation of the project, including that of the winner of the tender for the contractor to develop the National ID system, should be submitted to the Cabinet to get its consent.

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