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How to Apply for a Certificate of Nationality

The certificate of nationality is issued to a Rwandan citizen to confirm his/her nationality as a Rwandan. The application is processed by local Government authorities at the sector level. The service is provided by the Ministry of Local Governance (MINALOC).  

The processing time of this service is 1 working day; it costs Rwf 1,500.


  • Applicants should have an 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 national ID number or a Citizen Application Number( child id).

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

Follow these simple steps to apply for a certificate of nationality:  

  1. Visit and click on Log In to start applying for this service 

  1. Under Identification, click on Certificate of Nationality. 

  1. Choose who you are applying for (Self or Child), and then click on Apply.

Note:    Self: Rwandan citizens above 16 years should have a national ID.

Child: Rwandan citizens below 16 years should have a Citizen Application Number. 

 4.  Fill in the Applicant DetailsProcessing Details, and the Reason for the Request, Click on                 Next to proceed. 

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

6billing Number/ID (88…) will be generated for payment, Click Pay

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

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