On Tuesday 14th, the Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki released new charges for government services as Kenyans seeking to acquire a new ID will now have to pay 300 shillings and not 1,000 shillings which had earlier been gazetted by the State.
In the new proposal, the replacement of IDs will cost 1,000 shillings from the previous 2,000 shillings that were Indicated in the revoked Gazette Notice two weeks ago
In the new changes, Kenyans who are needy, including orphans and those who demonstrate that they are extremely poor to pay the 300 shillings required for the new ID will have the amount catered for by the government.
“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 an inability to pay,” Kindiki said.
The cost of changing the particulars of an ID has remained unchanged. Kenyans will pay the initial amount of 1,000 shillings. Those seeking to have Identification Reports will have to pay 1000 shillings, up from the initial amount of 300 shillings. Civil Servants cards in the new proposal will cost Sh1,000, up from Sh100.
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.
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.