New ID, passport fees to take effect on January 1, 2024
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has announced revised fees for identification and immigration documents. The new fees will take effect on January 1, 2024.
In a special gazette, the CS revoked the charges, fees, and levies on the same documents he’d announced last week.
“It is notified for information of the general public that Kenya Gazette Notice No. 15239 of 2023, 15240 of 2023, 15241 of 2023, and 15242 of 2023 in the Special Issue of the Kenya Gazette Vol. CXXV-No.239 dated November 7, 2023, published by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration relating to an upward revision of charges, fees, and levies for various services provided by the State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services has been revoked,” the CS said.
This development follows the High Court’s intervention, which halted the implementation of the revoked Gazette Notice.
A week ago, a new set of charges for ID cards and passport issuance was gazetted, causing varied reactions among Kenyans, many of whom thought they were extravagant.
Now, a second petition has been filed in court challenging the implementation of these charges.
At the same time, Kindiki has directed the State Department for Immigration to initiate public consultation regarding this issue by December 10, 2023.
He stressed the importance of expeditiously concluding the process of public participation, ensuring it is completed not later than December 10, 2023
“In lieu thereof, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration has published new intended charges, fees, and levies for the same services to take effect on January 1, 2024. The State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services has been directed to conduct and 2 complete public participation as soon as possible, but in any case, not later than December 10, 2023,” the CS said in a statement.
As a result, Kenyans seeking to acquire a new ID will now pay Sh300 and not Sh1,000 which had earlier been gazetted by the State, a new proposal indicates.
Replacing a lost ID will now cost Sh1,000 and not Sh2,000.
However, the proposed charges on Passports have remained the same as one contained in the revoked gazette notice.
The ordinary passport (34 pages) that costs Sh4,500 will cost Sh7,500, the 50-page passport will cost Sh9,500 up from the current Sh6,000 and the 66-page passport would cost Sh12,500 up from the current Sh7,500.
Replacing a lost passport would cost Sh20,000, compared to Sh12,000 which is what the Immigration Department currently charges.