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Gambia Biometric Identity System
Banjul area

Gambis Head Office
Jimpex Road
Kanifing Industrial Estate
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia
West Africa


(Gambis) 21 OAU Boulevard
Banjul Capital Police Headquarters
Banjul Immigration & Nationality Department
Brikama Town
Basse Santa Su

Turn into the Jimpex Road from the Mamadi Manjang Highway and the unit is about 150 metres to your right on the ground floor of a storey building.

Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 12.30pm


The Gambia Biometric Identification System (GAMBIS) is the body responsible for issuing national ID cards, residential permits (A/B), driving licences and work permits on behalf of the Government of the Republic of The Gambia.

The ongoing program, which was inaugurated on 23 July, 2009, aims to digitally record the biometric details of all citizens and aliens in the country. The reason for the project is to enhance the security of identity documents in order to facilitate commercial, legal, financial and governmental transactions around the nation.

National ID Cards:
This will have your photo, thumbprint, an encoded chip, your name, residency location address, signature and your National Identification Number (NIN) which is an 11 digit number that is printed on your card. This document must be carried at all times and must be produced upon request by the Gambian immigration and nationality authorities and other law enforcement agencies.

Alien's Residential Permits:
All applicants for the Residential Permit 'A' must provide the following supporting documents:

 Passport with most recent entry stamp(s) (original plus one copy)

All applicants for the Work / Residential Permit 'B' must provide at least one of the following supporting documents (original plus one copy):

 Passport with most recent entry stamp(s)
 GRA payroll tax receipt (for applicants working at a managerial level)

How To Gain Gambian Citizenship:
This can be achieved through naturalization or registration.

 Citizenship by registration is open to individuals who have been resident in The Gambia for 7 to 8 years while still married or for those who were born here to non-Gambian parents. As proof of your stay in the country Residential Permits must be presented as evidence.

 Citizenship by naturalization is available to people who have been resident in The Gambia for 15 years or more.

The process for obtaining Gambian citizenship involves the following:

1) Get the appropriate application form from the Gambia Immigration Department in Banjul.

2) Gather all the required and supporting documentation such as marriage certificate(s), references,  residential permits, passport sized photographs, a life history report and a certificate of character.

3) Submit your application to the Office of the President.

For Naturalization applications, a case file will be opened and the Department of Immigration will let applicants know if further information is needed.

For Registration applications, your file will be dispatched to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for vetting and will undergo further vetting by the Solicitor General, President's Office and the Department of State for the Interior.

After successful vetting by all reviewers, the applicant may be issued a letter stating the conditions that must be met before citizenship will be approved. The final step in the process is the signing of the Certificate of Registration by the President of the Republic of The Gambia.

Driver's License:
All first time applicants for motor driver's license have to fill out and submit a special provisional license application form and be issued with a learner's license which is valid for a period of 3 months. Those who have passed their driving test at the end of the 3 month period will be issued with a certificate of competence indicating the choice of vehicle grouping as stated below.

Group A - Private auto car

Group B - Motor cycle

Group C - Commercial vehicle

Group D - Motor vehicle of special type

Applicants for International driving license are issued A, B, C, D, and E.

An international driver's license is valid for only 90 days. After that the holder has to obtain a Gambian Driver's License if they wish to continue driving vehicles on the roads.

*Note: Rules, laws, regulations and charges are subject to change from time to time, therefore you should always check with the appropriate authorities for the most up to date information.

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