Kenyans seeking to replace their lost national identity cards will now have to part with Sh100 after the Ministry of Interior re-introduced the fee which had been scrapped in 2012.
In a notice to all Sub-county Registration Officers on Tuesday, the Director of National Registration, Reuben Kimotho directed the officers to ensure the fee is charged for processing a duplicate of the national ID cards.
“Please note that the Sh 100 fee will not be applicable to young persons who are attaining the 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,” read the notice.
The new charges take effect from Thursday, March 15th, 2018.
Kenyans have been replacing their IDs for free since 2012 when the state scrapped the then Sh300 fee, which had been introduced in 2011 by former Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’.
The charges were waived in 2012 to encourage Kenyans to register as voters ahead of the 2013 General Election.
“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’,” Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said in the notice.
The new charges come weeks after the Interior Ministry doubled the fees charged on Kenyans in the diaspora applying and renewing their passports.