How to Search

Searching IDNumber.org


Important Notice

When searching IDNumber.org, you will need to enter the exact names and surname of the person you are looking for in the names and surname fields. Any spelling error or incorrect order of names may prevent results from being displayed.

When entering the date of birth, the only accepted format is YYMMDD. As example, a person born on 1 September 1922 will need to be entered as 220901. A wrong date format will also prevent results from being displayed.

When entering data in the search fields, do not leave any spaces after your names, surname or date of birth was entered. Leaving empty spaces at the end will prevent results from being displayed.

Not Sure About Your Information?

If you are not sure about the accuracy of your information, you can still make use of our search functions using our Wildcard search functions. Using the Wildcard search function, may take a few seconds before results are being displayed. In addition to this, a larger number of records will be displayed and you will need to look at all the records to identify the specific person you are looking for.

Using Our Wildcard Feature

Below you will find more information on making use of the Wildcard feature:

1. Names Field

In instances where you do not know the exact names, not sure about the spelling of names or the exact order of names, you can make use of the percentage sign (%) in your search. Let's take a look at the following example, you are looking for a Johannes Wilhelm Jacobus, but are not sure about the exact names...

In a case like this, you can make use of only the first name, middle name or last name in the Names field. Here you will enter the name as follow in the field: %Jacobus%

If you are not sure whether Jacobus contains a C or K, you can enter only a partial name as follow: %obus%

By enclosing the name in percentage signs, our system will look for all individuals where Jacobus (or 'obus', if you entered a partial name) appears anywhere in the names field.



2. Surname Field

Using the surname field works pretty much the same as the Names field. If you know the correct exact spelling of the surname you can simply enter it into the field. But, if you are not sure about the spelling, you can also make use of the Wildcard search function. Let's take a look at the example where you are looking for someone with the surname: Nieuwenhuizen.

In the surname field, you can add a partial surname as follow: %wenhuizen%

By entering the partial surname, our system will look for all surnames containing the letters 'wenhuizen'.

If you are not sure about the latest surname or maiden name, you can make use of the Wildcard search in the surname field and our system will display all people with the Names and Date of Birth you are looking for. When doing this, you will simply enter the percentage (%) sign in the surname field.

3. Date of Birth Field

As mentioned earlier, the date of birth must be entered in YYMMDD format with no spaces between characters.

If you are not sure about the exact date of birth, but have a month or year, you can simply enter the information as follow:

If you know the birth year and month: YYMM

If you only know the birth year: YY

If you do not know the exact birth date, you can also make use of the Wildcard search function, which will then display all people with the exact names and surname you searched for. In order to make use of the Wildcard search, you will simply enter the percentage sign (%) in the Date of Birth field.