National ID registration moving to Lilongwe


The national identity registration process will commence in Lilongwe on Tuesday, authorities say.

As a way of preparing for the process, Lilongwe City Council (LCC) engaged partners in civic educating residents about the process.

The council in conjunction with the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) on Thursday conducted a mass mobilisation campaign on the National Registration program for the city of Lilongwe.

National registration heads to Lilongwe.(Related Image credit to UNDP)

According to LCC public relations officer Tamara Chafunya, on Thursday the team mobilised block leaders, religious leaders, youth organisations, CBOs, political leaders and city councillors to orient them on the process and also urge them to encourage residents in their areas to come out in their masses and go for national registration.

In Lilongwe the registration process will be taking place in all venues which are used for the voting process operated by the Malawi Electoral Commission during elections.

The first phase of the program was carried out in districts such as Nkhotakota, Ntchisi, Mchinji and Kasungu.

According to the National Registration Bureau (NRB), over one million people have so far been registered.

Among other challenges faced during the process, some people were selling registration forms to citizens.

For instance, Police in Mchinji district arrested two men for forging and selling identity registrations forms.



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    1. It’s an established bureau, meaning you will register anytime but it’s just that you will have to pay a fee afterwards. As long as you are a Malawian, it’s a right for you and your family to have the ID….sikuti akamaliza nde kuti amalizilatu ayi man, azipangabe koma azilipilitsa.

  3. Pardon ladies and gents, ofcourse am a citizen of the country but on the far side of my home district, is it possible to register details of my home district while am away?

    1. MASS REGISTRATION OF MALAWIAN CITIZENS FOR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARDS The National Registration Bureau (NRB) under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security will be undertaking the first mass registration of Malawian citizens for issuance of National Identity Cards from June – December, 2017. All Malawian citizens must register. National ID cards will be issued to all Malawian citizens aged 16 years and above. For children under the age of 16, their parents or guardians must bring them to be registered as well. The mass registration will be carried out through a phased approach. Phases 1 a& 2 will cover districts in the central region, phases 3 & 4 will cover districts in the southern region while phase 5 will cover all districts in the northern region of Malawi. The mass registration is an opportunity for every Malawian to have their own national ID card. The national ID card will make it possible for the ID cardholder to show their eligibility for multiple purposes. For example, it can be used to acess free primary education, social services such as health care, and to meet financial requirements, such as getting a bank loan. In each phase, up to 2000 registration teams will be deployed to register Malawian citizens in registration centres throughout the country. Most of the registration centres for national IDs will be at the same locations that were used by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for the registration of voters. There will be continuous civic education campaign to guide Malawians through the process of registration. In order to register for a national ID, Malawian citizens must provide proof of their citizenship. They can do this in 3 different ways. The first way to show proof is by presenting valid identification documents, such as a driver’s license, voter ID, birth certificate or other acceptable documents. If the citizen does not have valid ID documents, they can use the village register together with the testimony of the village head or local leaders. The third way to prove citizenship is by the testimony of 2 community witnesses. If identification documents are used, each type of identification is worth a certain degree of importance. The documents to be presented by a citizen will have to add up to 100%. The table below presents the weights for most common identification documents in Malawi: DOCUMENT WEIGHT IN % DIPLOMATIC/SERVICE PASSPORT 70% ORDINARY PASSPORT 40% VOTER ID 40% DRIVING LICENCE 30% PAYSLIP 30% EMPLOYMENT ID 10% BIRTH CERTIFICATE – ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF REGISTRAR GENERAL 30% BIRTH CERTIFICATE – ISSUED BY NRB 60% CITIZESHIP OR NATURALIZED CERTIFICATE 60% MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE 10% OTHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS 10% The mass registration project is led by Malawi Government’s National Registration Bureau with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Government of Malawi is contributing 40% of the project cost and the remaining 60% is funded by the Department for Internal Development (DFID), European Union (EU), Irish Aid, the Government of Norway, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNDP. For any inquiries or clarification, please contact NRB Public Relations Officer on: 0999787718 or email: [email protected].

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