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Matiang’i re-introduces fee on ID card replacement

Charles Ronald
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ID cards awaiting collection at a registrar’s office. [Photo/kbc.co.ke]

The Interior Ministry has re-introduced the fee for replacing a national identity (ID) card.

The Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed all sub-county registration officers to start charging on the application for replacing ID cards.

Kenyans will have to part with Sh100 to replace a lost identity card following the directive by Mr. Matiang’i which will take effect on March 15, 2018.

“The Registration of Persons Rules is amended in rule 8 by deleting the words “shall not pay any fees” appearing in paragraph (6) and substituting, therefore, the words ‘shall pay to the authorized officer a fee of one hundred shillings’,” said Dr. Matiang’i in a notice.

The Sh100 fee will however not be applicable to persons who are attaining the age of 18 years old and are registering for the first time.

The government has been processing duplicate IDs for free even after a Sh300 fee for replacing a lost national identity card was introduced by the late Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang in 2011, a directive that was never implemented.

“Please note that the Sh100 fee will not be applicable to young persons who are attaining the age of 18 years. As the manager in charge of registration of persons in the Sub-County, you must exercise accountability, you will personally be held responsible for any mishandling or misappropriation of the revenue,” said the Director of National Registration Reuben Kimotho.

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