USSD codes are short codes which allow users to conveniently access services remotely without using the internet.
In Kenya, government agencies and private companies have short codes that allow Kenyans to access and enjoy services offline regardless of their location across the country.
Common brands with popular USSD codes include Kenya Power, Safaricom, Airtel the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the National Transport and safety Authority (NTSA) among others.
This article highlights some of the crucial short codes that could save you from the hustle of visiting government offices.
Notably, you can access these services 24/7 including weekends, holidays and at night – after work hours.
This allows university, college and TVET students and other interested persons to access Higher Educations Loans Board services.
With the code, you can either register for first-time users or access the HELB certificate checker.
HELB is a statutory body under the ministry of education that offers affordable financing for higher education through loans and scholarships.
The mandate of the National Health Insurance Fund is to provide accessible, affordable, sustainable, and quality health cover to Kenyans.
Moreover, the code allows new users to register and existing members to check their status.
Noteworthy, this conveniently allows users to access registration services, make contributions, check NSSF statement, make tenant purchase payments and track benefit claim as a member.
The National Social Security Fund offers social protection to all workers in Kenya.
Another important state agency is the National Transport and safety Authority – NTSA. Its objective is to harmonize the operations of the key road transport departments.
Through the short code, one can get motor vehicle inspection details, driving license registration and status, PSV/company license, road service license details, among others.
Users are required to send their ID in a specific format to the code to access various functions.
Unclaimed Assets *361#
This code allows Kenyans to log in and check their unclaimed assets.
The Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA) receives unclaimed financial assets from the holders of such assets, safeguards and re-unites the assets with their rightful owners.
It enables pre-paid customers to purchase tokens and retrieve the last three purchased tokens.
Kenya Power offers a range of options and services. By dialing *977#, customers can also report outages, apply for new electricity connections, and verify the identities of people presenting as employees or contractors of the company.
CRB Listing *433#
The Credit Reference bureau (CRB) has a USSD that allows the public to check their credit status by requesting through the process and following specific steps.
You can check your CRB listing or credit score. This information is important when seeking clearance during employment or when applying for a loan.
Other essential USSD and short codes include:
- Unknown Mobile numbers registered using your ID *106*2#
- Nairobi Water *888#
- Nairobi County Services *235#