How to Apply for a Kenyan Identity Card

The process of applying for an ID in Kenya can be quite a hectic experience. The following guidelines are to make it easier for you. These steps are only to be followed by Kenyan citizens.Take note that they may vary from place to place with Kisauni used as an example.


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    Ensure you have both parents IDs & photocopies for each, original birth certificate and photocopy ,school leaving cert and a photocopy (results slip and photocopy if available) and lastly your birth clinic card.
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    Take these documents to your Ass. Chief . He/she should give you a signed letter if satisfied. If not he may ask you to see the village elder. e.g in Kisauni, Mombasa you are to take the letter to the D.O's office in Kongowea. If you're not from Mombasa ask your Ass. Chief where the letter should be taken to.
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    Ensure you arrive at the D.Os office early in the morning together with all your documents due to the large number of people. See the officer on duty who should give you a small form to fill. In Kongowea it is the door at the middle.
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    Return the form and documents to the appropriate officer. You may return it on another day.
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    The officer should take your thumb prints and hand you forms that you should take for signing. Start from the Ass. Chief ( Opp Vescon II), Chief (Shanzu stage) you may leave the forms with the officer , D.O, D.C ( If from Kisauni take the road to JCC and take the 1st corner. Both the D.O and D.C should sign. In Kisauni ask the police officer at the table. He should assist you.
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    Once you are done. Return the forms to Kongowea (where you got the forms). The officers should take your finger prints . All the fingers and palms. They should then take your picture (possibly at a fee), if not, ensure you have passport size photos.
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    Finally you should be issued with a waiting card and advised on when to collect your ID.Probably after 2 months. Check the status of your ID at


  • The new IDs being issued are plastic and coloured.
  • Be an early bird, persevere and be patient.
  • Due to constitutional changes, the guidelines are subject to change.


  • ID application is free. DO NOT pay any officer.
  • Take care of your waiting card and ID. You will be charged to get a replacement ID.

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