Getting a government issued National Identity Card is not as easy as registering for one. It is an unfortunate thing that up to 100 million Nigerians and 13 million Kenyans are yet to collect their National Identification Card. However, the majority of these population have no idea if their cards had already been processed and ready for collection at the District office hence this brief guide.

This short guide is directed to the Kenya applicants alone as we have already published an article for Nigerians on how to check the status of their National Identity Card (NIMC) online.

When one is done with the whole process of applying for a national Identity card in Kenya, one is supposed to wait for the identification card to be processed. The waiting period is estimated to last between 6 – 8 weeks. During this time, the applicant is expected to be holding in their possession a waiting slip which serves as their temporary National Identity card.

Before, the applicant would sit and wait until the waiting period is over and then they would go to the office of the District officer to check if their identity card had been processed or not. In many cases, applicants would be told to wait a little longer if it had not been processed yet. This will result in applicants making futile trips to and fro the District office until they get their identity card.

With the new technology, all the applicants can now track the progress in their process of processing their identity card in just a few steps. This can be done either online or by sending a short message. If checking online is the case, one will need an internet connection.

How To Check The Status Of Your Kenya National Identity Card By SMS

What do you need?

To check the status of your ID card through a mobile phone, you need

  • The Nine digit serial number on your waiting card.
  • You also need to have at least 5 shillings airtime for the SMS charge. Or a working SMS plan

The process

  1. Draft a new SMS from your mobile phone
  2. Key in the nine digits of on your waiting Card
  3. Send the SMS to 20031


You should receive an SMS confirmation indicating the status of your ID Card.

Note: There may be a delay in response, if so do not re-send the SMS give it 3 days before trying again

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How To Check The Status Of Your Kenya National Identity Card Online

To check the status of the National Identity card online, go to Here, they will be required to enter the first nine digits of the serial number of their identity card. The serial number can be easily read from the waiting temporary card that the applicants receive immediately after applying for their identity card.


  1. There is this problem of this old lady. The former ID which was bigger, her ID number was 1624581, in 1996 when she applied for the new ID card, they changed her ID number to 1624981, then after sometimes she applied for a new one and they changed her ID number to 16112919. When she apply for a registration of a sim the phone network gets confused. What should she do??

  2. Hi? i have a friend how lose her ID card. NAME is NICHOLAS KIPKURUI SANG ID NUM 3010……..Will you assist him, to give full ID NUM,Please sir/madam


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