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How to Apply for a National ID as a Diaspora Without an NPR number

This service allows a diaspora applicant to apply for a National ID and an NPR number. An NPR application number is the number that identifies any Rwandan in the National Population Registry, and having one is required to apply for a National ID.  A National ID is a document that officially identifies an adult as a citizen of Rwanda. The service is provided by the National Identification Agency (NIDA).

The processing time is 30 days and its price is Rwf 500. 


  • No account is necessary to apply for this service.

  • Applicants should be 16 years old and above. 

  • The applicant should not be registered in the National Population Registry (with no NPR number).

  • Required attachments are passport photo and copy of Identification Document. An Identification document can be one of the following;

  • It will preferably be an expired Rwandan National  ID or a valid or expired travel document (passport or laissez-passer) issued by a competent Rwandan authority.

  • The following documents issued in Rwanda will also be considered: RSSB record, birth certificate, or old baptism card.

  • If you are an applicant with no Rwandan document, attach a copy of your foreign birth certificate that contains the name(s) of your Rwandan parent(s) and a copy of your parent(s) Rwandan ID document(s).

  • Conditional attachments include a civil status document and other documents. 

  • Applicants should be living abroad. 

Follow these simple steps to apply for a national ID as a diaspora: 

  1. Visit and under Identification, click on Application of National ID.

  1. Select “Application for a National ID for diaspora applicants without a NPR number” and click Apply


  1. Enter the required Applicant Details


  • If the applicant has a passport, they are required to enter the details. If the applicant doesn’t have a passport, they can proceed to the next step.

  • The applicant is able to skip one or both of the parents’ details if they are not available. 

  • The applicant is able to pick from any country code for their telephone number for contact.

  1. Attach all the required supporting documents in the right format and size. 

  2. Click on Next to proceed. 

  1. Verify that the information is true, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click Submit

  2. A billing Number/ID (88…) will be generated for payment, Click Pay

  3. Applicants choose the mode of payment: offline (MTN, Airtel, or BK) or online (Visa or MasterCard). For more information about payment modes, click here.


  1. After applying and paying successfully via IremboGov, the application is sent to the embassy (based on where the applicant chose as the place of residence). 

  2. Please note that the applicant may be contacted to provide further information if the one provided in the application is not conclusive.

  • If the information is not enough, the embassy in charge sends the applicant a Request for Action. To update the information, the applicant searches for their application on IremboGov. Click here to find out how to search for an application.

  •  To update their information, the applicant needs a One Time Password (OTP). The applicant clicks on “Request for OTP”, fills it in, and is able to update and submit their application. 

  1. Once the embassy has approved the application, it is sent to the DGIE office for approval. Upon approval, the applicant receives a notification informing when to take biometric tests at the embassy, and they will be advised on the next steps. 

  2. After the applicant has taken the Biometric Data Capture, they later receive their National ID number which they can use to apply for other online services. The physical National ID is sent to the embassy of Rwanda that initially processed the application.

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