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How to Apply for a Certificate of Widow/Widower

This e-certificate is the official document that confirms the civil status of Rwandan citizens whose spouse is deceased. This service is provided by the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) and processed by local Government authorities at the sector level. 

The processing time is 1 working day; the service costs Rwf 1,500.


  • Applicants need to log in to the Irembo account or visit the nearest Irembo agent for assistance.

  • Click here to find out how to create an account on IremboGov.

  • Applicants should have a Rwandan national ID number. 

  • Applicants’ civil status should be WIDOW/WIDOWER in the National Identification Agency system. 

  • Applicants should have a valid phone number, email address, or both. 

Follow these simple steps to apply for a certificate for widow/widower:

  1. Visit and click on Log In

  1. Under Family, click on Certificate for Widow/Widower.

  1. Click on Apply

  1. Once you click on Apply, the details will be displayed on the upper side of the page.

  2. Fill in the Processing Details

NOTE: It’s advisable to choose the sector where the deceased is registered.

  1. 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 on 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,MasterCard, or American Express). For more information about payment modes, click here

NOTE: After applying and paying successfully via IremboGov, and after the Executive Secretary(ES) of the processing sector has approved it, the applicant will receive an SMS/Email notifying them that the certificate is available and can download it from the IremboGov platform.

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