Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has released new charges for government services including the replacement of IDs after an uproar from Kenyans.
According to a Gazette notice issued on Tuesday, the replacement of IDs will cost Ksh1,000 from the previous Ksh2,000 that was gazetted two weeks ago.
In the new charges, needy Kenyans will also get a waiver during the application of IDs. However, the exact charge for the service was not indicated.
Previously, it had been proposed that Kenyans part way with Ksh1,000 during application for IDs.
A file photo of uncollected National Identity Cards (IDs) on a desk at the Kisumu Huduma Center.
Regarding the charges for passports, the prices were maintained from those gazetted weeks ago. Kenyans will pay Ksh7,500 for an ordinary 34-page passport, while the ordinary 50-page document will go for Ksh9,500.
The ordinary 66-page travel document will be acquired at Ksh12,500.
On the other hand, the replacement of lost passports will be done at Ksh20,000 an increase from the current Ksh20,000.
Getting an express passport will cost Ksh30,000.
“The intended revised charges, fees and levies are informed by the need for Kenya’s self-reliance in financing the National Budget, to wean the Country from unsustainable debt that poses grave threats to our sovereignty and the dignity of future generations.
“The new intended charges, fees and levies have been adjusted to accommodate views of the public already received following the publication of the revoked Gazette Notices,” read the notice in part.
Further, the CS directed the State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services to conduct and complete public participation for the new prices by December 10, 2023.
The new prices are set to take effect from January 1, 2024.
Kenyans in a queue at the immigration offices in Nairobi (Left) and a photo of the Kenyan passport (Right).
DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION