Contact Address Details:
Biometric Identity System
Gambis Head Office
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
(Gambis) 21 OAU Boulevard
Banjul Immigration & Nationality Department
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
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
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
All applicants for the Work / Residential Permit 'B' must provide at
least one of the following supporting documents (original plus one
• Passport with most recent entry stamp(s)
• GRA payroll tax receipt (for applicants working at a
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
• 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
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
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
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.
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.