How to apply for a Kenyan passport

Kenyan passport

The process of getting a Kenyan passport can be simple or it can be a crash course in the workings of the Kenyan immigration bureaucracy. If you’d like the process to be simple, then learn the rules and put together everything you require to apply for your Kenyan passport. It is best to apply for your passport at least 30 days before you plan to travel.

Why you need a Kenyan passport

All Kenyan citizens who wish to travel anywhere outside Kenya will need a passport. However, those who wish to travel within East Africa can use an East African Passport or a temporary passport.

Requirements for application

1. A duly filled passport application form (download it here).
2. Documentary evidence of Kenyan citizenship i.e. Original & copies of birth Certificate and National Identity Card, or a Certificate of naturalization or registration and Renunciation Certificate of former citizenship.
3. Three passport size photographs.
4. For applicants who are below the age of eighteen years, the parents or legal guardian’s written consent must be provided.
5. For applicants who are adopted, the original adoption certificate, clearance letter from the children’s department, and or, the Court ruling or award.
6. A certified copy of the ID of the person recommending the applicant.

Kenyan passport application form

1. Applicants who are married must complete section 3 and also produce evidence of the same.
2. The application must be recommended in section 7 by a citizen of Kenya who is a Minister of Religion, a Medical or Legal practitioner, an established Civil Servant or Bank Official personally acquainted with the applicant. The person recommending the applicant must not be an immediate relative.

Passport photographs

1. They photographs must be three in number.
2. The photographs must be taken full face without a hat.
3. The photographs must not be mounted.
4. The size of the photographs must not be more than 2½ inches by 2 inches or less than 2 inches by 1½ inches.
5. The photographs must be printed on normal thin photographic paper and must not be glazed on the reverse side.
6. The person recommending the applicant is required to endorse the reverse side of one copy of the photographs with the words: I certify that this is a true likeness of the applicant Mr. (Mrs. or Miss)  and add his signature.

Where to apply

Applications for a passport must be submitted personally to the following Passport Control Offices:

1. Nairobi: Ground Floor (North Wing), Nyayo House – Tel :+254- 20-2222022
2. Mombasa: PC’s Office Building – Tel:+254-41-2222676
3. Kisumu: New Provincial Headquarters – Tel:+254-057-2024935/2025438/0700596071
4. Eldoret: Public works building – Tel: +254-53-6337
5. Garissa: Telefax:0462102140
6. Embu
7. Nakuru
8. Kenya Embassy, Washington D.C: 2249 R Street,N.W.Washinton D.C 20008 U.S.A – Tel:+12023876101 – www.kenyaembassy.com
9. Kenya High Commision, London: 45 Portland place London WIBISIAS United Kingdom – Tel:+442076368364 – www.kenyahighcommission.net

Kenyan Passport Fees

A series: 32 pages – Kshs. 4,500
B series: 48 pages – Kshs. 6,000
C series: 64 pages – Kshs. 7,500

Update

There are new rules for applying and renewing Kenyan passports and permits. Kindly follow the link below.

1. New rules for applying for a Kenyan passport

2. How to apply for a Kenyan passport on eCitizen

About James Wamathai

wamathai is the managing editor of hapa kenya. find him on twitter at: @uqweli . his email address is: jw@hapakenya.com.
  • Mwirigi

    In the event you have lost your passport, please be prepared to part with 12,000/= for a 32 page (No Negotiation) plus the following: (see picture)

  • Tom Mugo

    You forgot the Embu immigration office at the County Hq. The least hustle passport application point

    • wamathai

      Will add it.

  • Andrew Molo

    Unfortunately I forgot to tell my recommender to endorse me on the reverse side of one of the photograph. I attached it very well such that when a person tries to remove, the form will be damaged.

    Is there a chance I will be denied or will it go through?

    • wamathai

      You should have the photograph endorsed again. Just to be on the safe side.

  • Mbari Peter

    Great post. Thanks

  • Anouk

    thanks.

  • Lilt Ezzy

    Hey guys, I need help. I need to get a birth certificate. My parents lost mine. How do I go about this?

  • pauline wanjiru

    hey guyz i need to get a passport online is it possible. thanks for the good work

    • wamathai

      It’s not possible.

  • Ashitiva Ghai

    is it possible to apply for the passport without one of the parents ID? I was raised by a single mother who passed on but i have her death certificate.

  • Marto Martinski

    How long does it take to be processed

  • Peter Karuga

    Quite informative at the time when http://www.immigration.go.ke/ is not qworking
    kuddos

  • george

    hey guys how long does it take passport to be out

  • Jasper Jay

    i want to register for a new passport but i dont have the birth certificate
    I have my Id, Kra Pin
    having problems getting it faster how can u guyz help me

  • Pag

    How do you pay in shs if you are living the UK – Am so frustrated help

  • http://www.techtrendsdiary.com/ Kevin Kimani

    Great Post

  • Ricky Boss

    how many days will it take to have my passport if i drop my requirements tomorrow 8th August 2014 at Nyayo house? Need it urgently

  • Kollector79

    Download link isn’t working

  • janet mueni kimeu

    I lost my passport I need to know number of it please help me mombasa migration

  • janet mueni kimeu

    Am in Saudi Arabia I really need your help guys

    • peter

      you are in saudi arabia?

  • Cathy Shiru

    APPLIED on 22/09/14 and was cleared and paid everything when can it be ready for collection

  • JOHN KAMAU MWANGI

    I need a passport,and l dont ve my Dad s id………….will it work please?

  • Tywin’s Hand

    Do I have to have a person recommending it?

  • Jacquelyne Masiga

    How long does it take for ones passport to be out? It’s exactly fifteen days since I applied and I have gotten no response up to now. Thank you.

  • sammy

    hi, do you pay for the fee upfront or you pay when the application has matured?

  • Mercy mwero

    I have a Kenyan passport en by now I’m working in Saudi Arabia but my wish is to travel to London or America in order to finalize my future,,where will i start this proces!?

  • helmas

    Hey guys please I need your help I have been offered career opportunity in Canada and i have been given until 26 this month to submit my passport number for processing of visa s
    o i would like to know is there any possibilities that I will receive my passport before this date or they can help me out by processing it through express so that i can receive it within 1or 2 days

  • nimisha

    hi guys. recently got married. i want to change my names on my passport (name change on the basis of certified marriage certificate). do i have to fill in the normal form used for a Kenyan Passport? or is there a different kind of form?

  • esther

    Hi? It is 1 month 2 weeks since i applied my passport and when i go to collect it from the immigration department am added more and more days and i want to start processing my visa please help me.

    • Maureen

      Esther were u finally assisted?

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  • Piyush Sheth

    How to apply passport for an infant Online applications. Is not accepting asking for id and pin number. Pls reply me.

  • http://youthstate.tumblr.com YouthStateIntl

    What’s the difference between these passports and what is recommended?
    A series: 32 pages
    B series: 48 pages
    C series: 64 pages

    Also what does it mean the person recommending the applicant is required to endorse the reverse side of one copy of the photographs?

  • Adrial Winger

    What happens if I have lost my Birth certificate and really need a passport in the next two months.

  • kamino charles

    hello, if i apply for passport like today hw long will it take for it to be released

  • Francesca Bucci

    Whats the difference among series A, B, C ?
    And what does it depend on ?

  • amina thompson

    that’s really good for all Kenyans why cant we ever find a lost birth certificate line? uni ambiye mbona yumbani imekua vibaya kwa watu wetu I just don’t understand

  • Giovanni

    Hi guys! How long does it take to process ones passport?

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    Hi, please update this page as the process has now changed.

  • shanaz

    I want to register as a citizen in kenya on my Kenyan spouse its been 7 years to our marriage. So what are the fees and how do I apply. And apply for dual PP. I’ve got a 4 year old do I need to apply for her to as we are both dependent on my hubby.

  • Arthur

    what if i dont have a birth certificate i have the ID olny what will happen

  • RHODA

    WHATS THE EXPIRY TIME FOR A PASSPORT?

  • michael maina

    hello, kindly tell me how long it takes to get a new passport