Saturday, March 19, 2016

What does your CID number tell about you?

In Bhutan, our Citizenship Identity (CID) card contains a 11-digit number but have you ever realized what each digit represents? Certainly those 11-digit numbers are not picked up at random by the computer. Each digit has a meaning and contributes to your identity. Just by looking at your CID number, we can exactly know which part of Bhutan you are from and what’s the status of your census. Today I am going to share what each digit of your CID number tells about you.

The 1st digit represents the status of your census. If your census record is registered in Form 1 (pure Bhutanese), your CID number starts with ‘1’. If your census is registered in Form 4 (mothers are non-Bhutanese or in Form 5(, your CID number begins with ‘2’ and if you are in Form 5 (no regular census records), your CID number starts with ‘3’. So we can easily know the census status of a person the moment we look at his/her CID number.

The next two digits represent the Dzongkhag you come from. It represents the Dzongkhags in their alphabetical order. If you are in Form 1 from Samtse, your CID number will start as ‘112---------, because Samtse is the 12th Dzongkhag and you are in Form 1. This means that the status of your census will be followed by the serial number of your Dzongkhag in alphabetical order as follows:

  • Bumthang=01

  • Chukha=02

  • Dagana=03

  • Gasa=04

  • Haa=05

  • Lhuntse=06

  • Mongar=07

  • Paro=08

  • Pema Gatshel=09

  • Punakha=10

  • Samdrup Jongkhar=11

  • Samtse=12

  • Sarpang=13

  • Thimphu=14

  • Trashigang=15

  • Trashi Yangtse=16

  • Trongsa=17

  • Tsirang=18

  • Wangdue Phodrang=19

  • Zhemgang=20

So if your CID number begins as 120---, I would know that you are from Zhemgang and your are in Form 1.

ThenThe next two digits represent the serial number of your Gewog in alphabetical order. Only those Gewogs in your Dzongkhag are counted and the serial number is based on the original names of the Gewogs in alphabetical order because when this CID was designed, some Gewogs especially in southern Bhutan were not given new names. For instance, the modern name of my Gewog in Samtse is Norbugang which makes it the 5th Gewog in the Dzongkhag but in my CID, it is based on its former name ‘Chengmari’ which is the 4th Gewog. So my CID number goes like this: 11204------, which means I am in Form 1 and I am from Samtse and my Gewog is Chengmari.

The final six digits represent your actual individual serial number in your Gewog. For instance, my CID ends with the number ‘000438’, which means I am the 438th person in my Gewog. The main purpose of having six digits at the end is that the 11-digit number CID can include upto 999,999 people in each Gewog.

Having explained so, I hope you might have now got what your CID number tells about you. It certainly carries more meaning than what we just see as a 11-digit number.


  1. Great one..i like your blogs. I ll keep tract with you.

  2. Thank u so much, Tenzin. M glad u have found it worth reading. Keep coming back for updates la

  3. Thanks for the valuable information. I noticed the Dzongkhag part too. Another thing I observed was, if you have five siblings in your family and your oldest brother 's cid ends with 1, then the second older one would end with 2 and similarly rest of the younger ones would go up serially like 3,4 and 5. So if you forget your ID number, you just have to ask one of your siblings and do the maths.

    Just my observation.

  4. Yes la, u r right la. That's with the final set of numbers... Thanks for sharing your observation.

  5. What's your next digit? It must be 8. Am I right? Your CID should be like this: 108--------, which means you are in Form 1 and your Dzongkhag is 08 (Paro). I have said that the second two digits is the serial number of your Dzongkhag in alphabetical order and Paro is 08. I hope this clarifies you. Thanks for the query.

  6. Thanks for the valuable information.Thanks for sharing your observation.Keep coming back for updates la

  7. Thanks a lot for your feedback. I am glad that u have liked the article. Please keep following me for updates. It's very encouraging...

  8. Thank you, I always felt the curiosity of its digits. Elevated

  9. U r most welcome. Please come back again.

  10. Impressive, a well done research imparting a new knowledge to all the readers