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National Identity Card Application


What is a National Identity Card? 

it is a  document that is used to show that one is a citizen of the Republic of Botswana. It is requirement by law that every Motswana above the age of 16  have one. This card is also commonly known as Omang.

Who qualifies for this service?

  • Every citizen of Botswana above the age of 16.

What do I need to apply for the service?

  • Yourself.
  • Birth Registration certificate.

If you do not have a birth certificate

  • Yourself.
  • Both or one of your parents or a guardian or a relative if you are a minor.
  • An Affidavit in lieu of a Birth Certificate.
  • An Affidavit from the Chief or Headman.
  • Any other proof of records (e.g. school transcripts).

How much does it cost to apply for Omang?

The first issue of application is free.

A fee of P5.00 is paid for ;

  • an expired identity cards (after 10 years)
  • an application due to change of name

A fee of P110.00 is paid for;

  • a lost, destroyed/damaged identity card.

A National Identity Card is valid for 10 years. In case of replacements, the old card should be surrendered to the Civil and National Registration Officer.

How do I apply for Omang when I have naturalized citizenship?

Bring Citizenship Registration certificate.

NB: The District Registrar may require any other information that s/he may deem necessary to prove a person’s qualification for registration.

Where can I apply for my National Identity Card?

Applications can be done at any Civil and National Registration office. countrywide. 

How long does it take to get the Omang ready?

Gaborone and Surrounding Areas

8   Days

Other Regions

10 Days
Mobile Registration

14 Days                     

Can one send someone else to collect him/her Omang?

It is not allowed to collect another person’s card unless where there are convincing reasons for which one is obliged to authorize, in writing, someone to collect an ID on their behalf. The individual will also sign a proxy form.

Where can I get the forms for Omang?

Omang forms are issued during the application process because these are security documents.

Who do I contact for this service?

Department of Civil and National Registration

Tel: 361 1100/ 1445

Toll Free: 0800 600 777

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