Government Raises ID Replacement Fee from Ksh100 to Ksh2,000 – What You Need to Know

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki addressed the audience in Meru North, on November 6, 2023, PHOTO COURTESY KITHURE KINDIKI
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki addressed the audience in Meru North, on November 6, 2023, PHOTO COURTESY KITHURE KINDIKI

The cost of getting a replacement for identity cards has been raised by the government, going from Ksh100 to Ksh2,000.

In an official notice issued by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, the government also disclosed a new fee of Ksh1,000 for individuals obtaining their first ID card.

Similarly, the government has raised the fees for acquiring birth certificates, increasing them from Ksh50 to Ksh200.

Likewise, Kenyan citizens who wish to update their ID card information will be required to pay Ksh1,000, and those requesting identification reports will see their fees rise from Ksh300 to Ksh1,000.

At the same time, the government has raised the fees for acquiring civil servants’ cards from Ksh100 to Ksh1000 and increased the cost of staff badges from Ksh350 to Ksh1000.

Additionally, they have made adjustments to the charges for late registration of birth certificates.

Late registration fees have been updated, with a charge of Ksh150 for those registering late, and the late registration of a death certificate will now cost Ksh500, up from Ksh150.

Other revised fees include the re-registration of a birth certificate, which will be priced at Ksh1000, a significant increase from the previous Ksh90. Additionally, amendments to both birth and death certificates will now cost Ksh1000, up from the previous Ksh30.

These changes have been introduced shortly after the Ministry of Interior initiated the implementation of the Maisha Namba.

During a briefing session with members of the Civil Society on November 1, Immigration and Citizen Services PS Prof Julius Bitok mentioned that the pilot phase of the program will focus on first-time applicants.

Applicants in need of replacements for damaged or lost cards will also be receiving the new card with improved security features.

“All Kenyans turning 18 years in whichever part of Kenya will be issued with a Maisha Card on a pilot basis. This way, we will establish whether there are any errors or issues before we do the penultimate launch,” he stated.

As per the Public Service, approximately 10,000 people submit applications for new identification cards daily, with an additional 5,000 individuals requesting duplicate cards.

The pilot program aims to assist the State in identifying potential errors within the digital Maisha Namba system before its final implementation.

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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