How to replace a lost National ID in Kenya and the Associated Charges

Your national identification card (ID) is a vital document that serves as proof of your citizenship and identity in Kenya. If you’ve lost or had your ID stolen, it’s crucial to replace it promptly. This article will guide you through the process of how to replace a lost National ID in Kenya, through Huduma Centre.

Additionally, we have highlighted the recent changes in charges for obtaining or replacing IDs in Kenya.

Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing a Lost ID at Huduma Centre

Huduma Centre is a one-stop-shop for various government services, making it an ideal place to replace your lost or stolen ID.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

1. Visit your nearest Huduma Centre. Locate the Huduma Centre nearest to you and head there.

2. Obtain a police abstract. If you haven’t already obtained a police abstract from your local police station, you can do so at the police desk within the Huduma Centre.

3. Present the police abstract. Take the police abstract to the identification desk at the Huduma Centre.

4. Pay the processing fee: You will be required to pay a processing fee of Kshs. 2,000 which was recently increased by 20 times from the initial fee. After payment, you’ll receive a receipt.

5. Fill out the replacement form. Complete the ID replacement form with accurate information.

6. Provide biometric information. Your biometric data, including fingerprints and a passport photo, will be taken for verification purposes. This information will be recorded in the official database.

7. You’ll be issued a waiting card, which will serve as your temporary identification document while your new ID is being processed. The replacement process typically takes around 14-21 days.

After the waiting period, return to the Huduma Centre to pick up your new ID. Don’t forget to bring your temporary waiting card for verification.

Charges for ID Replacement in Kenya

In recent developments, the Kenyan government has revised the charges for acquiring or replacing national IDs.

A Gazette Notice dated November 6, issued by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, introduced significant changes to the fee structure:

1. Replacement of lost or stolen IDs

Kenyans seeking to replace lost or stolen IDs will now have to pay a fee of Sh2,000, which is a substantial increase from the previous fee of Sh100. This represents a twenty-fold increase in charges, making it more important than ever to take care of your ID.

2. Initial application for new IDs

If you are turning 18 years old and need to apply for a new ID for the first time, you will be required to pay Sh1,000 for the acquisition of your ID.

It’s essential for Kenyan citizens to be aware of these changes on how to replace a National ID in Kenya, acquisition charges and budget accordingly when applying for a new ID or replacing a lost one.

The government’s decision to introduce these fees is aimed at covering the cost of ID issuance and maintenance of the national identification system. Always take good care of your ID to avoid unnecessary expenses and inconveniences associated with its loss.

Karancha Edrian

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