Kenya: Six-year-olds to get IDs in Huduma plan

Published: 20/Sep/2020
Source: The Nation (Nairobi)

By Mary Wambui

For the first time, children aged six years and above will have identity cards known as a Minor’s Huduma Card. The smart card will be printed by the government and issued starting this year as the government embarks on the mass distribution of Huduma smart cards under the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) programme.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said six-year-olds will get the cards because that is the age when a child’s facial biometrics are formed enough to be captured.

The Minor’s Huduma Cards will be capped at below age 18 and will contain a child’s unique identifier, in this case a number. Children born after the roll-out of the project will get a unique number at birth.

They will use the number when registering in school, getting a Minor’s card, and even when applying for the national identity card. That mean they will be identified with the number for the rest of their lives — and even beyond that as the number will also be on their death certificates.

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Themes: Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2020