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How to Apply for an ID Replacement for Diaspora

This service enables Rwandans abroad to apply for and replace their National IDs if they have lost or damaged them.The service is provided by the National Identification Agency (NIDA).

This service's processing time is 30 days, and the price is 1500Rwf. 


  • Applicants with or without can apply for this service.

  • Applicants should have a Rwandan National ID number. 

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

Required attachments (2)

  • Valid passport copy

  • Police clearance certificate

Follow these simple steps to apply for a national ID Replacement: 

  1. Visit Irembo, and under Identification, click on National ID Replacement.


  1. Click on Apply

  1. Enter the required Applicant details ( contact details, processing office),

  1. Upload the necessary documents. (The required attachments will vary depending on the reason selected.)and click next.

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


  • Upon submission, your application will be processed by the selected Embassy offices and National Identification Agency. You will receive an email or SMS notifying you about any change in the status of your application. 

  • Once the Application is approved, you will receive a Bill ID that you will use to pay for your service. 

  • Once your National ID application has been printed. You will be contacted by a Rwandan embassy to arrange for delivery or pick-up of your physical ID card.

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