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Government Announces Updated Fees for New IDs, Passports, and Replacements Following Uproar

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Government Announces Updated Fees for New IDs, Passports, and Replacements Following Uproar

According to a new plan, Kenyans who want to get a new ID will now have to pay Sh300 instead of Sh1,000, which the State had previously gazetted.

On Tuesday, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki withdrew the previous Gazette Notice and published a new one that included a suggestion for the additional charges and called for public input.

The government would cover the costs for Kenyans in need, such as orphans and others who can prove they are too impoverished to pay the Sh300 needed for a new ID.

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“On the particular issue of acquisition of NationalIdentity Cards by previously not registered citizens, the Government shall defray the costs of the revised charges, fees and levies through a waiver for indigent Kenyans who demonstrate inability to pay,” Kindiki said.

Revised Charges for Passport, New IDs, Replacement after Uproar

Kenyans would now replace their misplaced IDs for Sh1,000 under the new proposal, instead of Sh2,000 as stated in the rescinded Gazette Notice.

The price of altering an ID’s details has not increased. Kenyans will cover the Sh1,000 down payment.

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The initial fee of Sh300 has been increased to Sh1000 for those requesting Identification Reports.

The proposed idea will increase the cost of Civil Servants cards from Sh100 to Sh1,000.

The cost of staff badges has increased to Sh1,000, nearly double the original figure.

The planned passport fees, however, are still the same as those stated in the withdrawn gazette notice.

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Revised Charges for Passport, New IDs, Replacement after Uproar

The standard passport, which has 34 pages and costs Sh4,500, will now cost Sh7,500. The 50-page passport, which was previously Sh6,000, will now cost Sh9,500, and the 66-page passport, which was previously Sh7,500, will now cost Sh12,500.

Currently, the Immigration Department costs Sh12,000, while replacing a missing passport would cost Sh20,000.

The cost of a 50-page diplomatic passport was Sh15,000, which was twice as much as it was before.

The CS has also kept the current proposal’s hike on birth and death certificates from Sh50 to Sh200.

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