Kenya Passport Application Requirements


Kenya Passport are issued to Kenyan citizens in accordance with the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and as provided for in the Kenya Citizens and Immigration Act that commenced on 30th august 2011. In addition issuance process is regulated by Legal Notice No. 64 (the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012). If legible you can apply for a New Passport, Renewal Passport and Replacement Passport.

New Passport means a First time Passport applicant. Renewal means subsequent applications for the passport after the First Passport has expired or is due to expire in three (3) months, filled up booklet. Replacement Passport means the passport has been damaged due to accident or negligence; for example by liquid spoiling on it, endorsing or signing on by unauthorized person. Lost passport means the passport is not available, read item no. 7 below.


Application Form (PP1 – Revised 2006) for a passport must be filled in and submitted personally by the Applicant to the Passport Control Office at least 20 days before the scheduled date of travel. This form can be collected from any Passport Control Office or downloaded from PP1.


  1. A valid Kenya National Identity Card of the Applicant –  (Original and Photocopy).
  2. Birth Certificate of the applicant  –  (Original and Photocopy).
  3. In case of a child or person with disability. A written consent from the parent(s) or legal guardian. The Consent is an official letter addressed to the Officer in-Charge of Passport Control Office.
  4. Photocopy of a Valid Kenya National Identity Card of the Father or Mother or Both. If one (or both) is (are) deceased the copy (ies) of the Death Certificate (s) must be attached. Then, the applicant has to provide one (Two) photocopy(ies) of a Valid Kenya National Identity Card of other relative (s) to act as Next of Kin.
  5. Photocopy of the Recommender’s Valid Kenya National Identity Card – Who signed on Page 3, Section 7. of the Applicant’s Form.
  6. Previous passport (s) if any –  (Original and Photocopy).
  7. Special Cases: Lost Passport, Mutilated Passport, Damaged Passport. Application for replacement of any must be accompanied by a statutory declaration or sworn affidavit on the circumstances surrounding the loss, theft or damage of the passport or travel document. And Comply with items 1-6 above.



  1. Photograghs: Two copies of passport size photographs of the applicant taken not earlier than 6 months from the time of application, which must be taken full face without headgear.
  2. Photographing at Passport Control Office: Applicants are required to have their biometrics taken at the time of application.

Fees payable

Type of Passport No. of Pages Amount Kshs
Ordinary 32 4,500
East Africa 940
Temporary Permit 300
Lost Passport 32 12,000
Damaged Passport 32 10,000


Passport Control Offices in Kenya

  1. Nairobi
  2. Mombasa
  3. Kisumu
  4. Nakuru
  5. Eldoret
  6. Embu
  7. Garissa

It is advisable to visit the nearest Passport Control Office to your District of Birth as per your valid Kenya National Identity Card.

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108 thoughts on “Kenya Passport Application Requirements

  1. Robert Kyalo - August 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Mr. Lubale I needed to apply passports my family. I googled and read your post. It was quite informative. I am your former student between 2nd July and 27th July 2012 at Government Training Institute – Mombasa. You taught me these subjects: Public Sector Reforms and Kenya vision 2030, Motivation, Performance Management in the Course Management Skills Development. I am happy and proud of you as my ” Mwalimu”. Congrats.

  2. Lawrence Mwangi - August 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I have an issue and I request an advice. I applied for my passport in the year 2007 and misplaced the Official Receipt for the payment. Also the chance to travel abroad aborted and I forgot follow up on the application for my passport. Now I have applied for a new passport and the Department Immigration Services Passport Processing System shows I already have a passport. For sure I never collected my passport. What should I do? Regards.

    • Shikoh - July 19, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Hi Lawrence, i am currently in the exact position as you?How did you handle that issue?What procedures did you take?

  3. Charles Kamau - May 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Please advice if i can get a passport using the ID of my boss who knows me very well since i don’t have my parents’ IDs with me and they live far away from Nairobi.

      • Michael mbogo - June 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        Hi! I urgently need a passport ,can u help?

        • Nancy Kodory - December 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

          Hi Michael, did you get help with your passport? I need one too.

      • Jolly - October 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm

        I think every where pple were crzy am in uk ihave kenyan passport i applied 2 times i send them all my document becouse iwant to charge my husband name but there were asking me my kenyan id and id for my parent were they expecting me to go to kenya to collect ids and i have anothe passport ..siwezi wapaka . . Iwill stay with uk one idont other there noncence ….thats not good .

      • Mercy - April 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

        I have sent you a mail …pliz check

  4. Tonny Atege - August 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I wish to have a passport could you help me out.

  5. Chrisantus Luke - September 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Mr Lubale,
    I am a Kenyan citizen, my request is for you to help me to apply and acquire a passport. It’ll be a great pleasure if you help me. I would like to here from you soon.
    Thanks in advance with due respect. I’m looking forward for your kind help.
    Chrisantus Luke

  6. Jackson Tochi - October 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I wanted a passport but the information on my identity card is different from the one on my birth certificate. I am changing the identity card to match the birth certificate.

    Can i in the mean time apply the passport with my waiting card?

    • Margaret Odhiambo - May 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      hi I do have the same problem with my ID and cert so I was wondering if I can apply for a p.port using my waiting card

    • Esther Luvindi - July 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Hi I wad just about to apply for a passport, unfortunately I lost my I.d last week, can I use my waiting card or any other government card with my i.d number to apply for a passport? kindly assist

    • Mudii - April 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      I have the same problem the information on my id is different on my birth certificate am trying to change my id too but it’s taking long

  7. George Muhuri Mwangi - November 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I need assistance. I endorsed my x wife on my file when she was applying for her passport and she had my surname. We divorced. Is it possible for my name to be deleted from her passport?

  8. Freshia Nyambura - January 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    How can I get a passport when the year of birth don’t match with the Birth certificate and National ID?

    • lilian - March 11, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Hey ,did you get help I have the same problem

      • Rajab Hamisi - July 28, 2015 at 11:50 am

        Hi what help was accorded I have a similar problem

        • Mudii - April 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

          I have the same problem too

  9. eve auma - January 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    My mum applied for my passport in 2003 and she was issued from Nairobi. I have been using it but my name was incorrectly spelt. I lost that passport in 2013.I would like to replacement. Can the passport be replaced here in Mombasa Passport Control office or I have to travel to Nairobi? Will I be given the same passport number?

  10. ANTHONY BONIFACE - March 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    how long will it take to get a passport from time of application?

  11. Kevin Cheti - April 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    How long does it take to process a passport?

  12. hush - April 13, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Kindly help me to get a passport am lacking my parents ID Card.

  13. Diana Rose - May 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Hi,I want to apply for a passport and the deadline for my flight is late this month. is it possible to apply now and get it before then?it is my first application,can u please assist me ?Thank you.

    • serah ndirangu - May 5, 2015 at 2:19 am

      i dont have birth certificate .please help to get passport.

      • Gabriel Lubale - June 2, 2015 at 3:55 am

        Serah, please visit the Registrar of Births and Deaths Office where your National ID declares you were born. it is easy and affordable to get a BC. You will pay for the service.

  14. Joseph Wachira. - May 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Do l have to fill form PP1? I have my old passport,is it OK to for me to send My old passport and the fees. I’m currently in the US.

  15. Martha Njeri - May 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hallo,is it possible to get a new passport in a week or in days?thanks.

  16. saadiyah samantha - June 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Hallo, i wanted to know if one can apply for a passport using their waiting card is it possible . i really need help because of my situation plz assist me . tnx

    • Gabriel Lubale - June 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Sorry. You cannot apply for a passport using the waiting card. However, visit the passport control office near you and seek advice. there can be exceptions.

      • dipi thethy - July 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        HI SIR,

        Kindly need your advise as i need to make a kenyan passport but i don’t have any parents documents can i still get my passport made?


  17. Anne Wanjiku - July 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Mr. Lubale, I got my passport in 2007 for 10 years. Is it still valid seeing that it is the old type that had a photo stuck or do I need to renew? Thank you

  18. Sarah - August 6, 2014 at 5:02 am

    When applying for a passport for a minor (under 16) do I still use the same form? What other requirements are there?

  19. maureen muturi - August 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Would wish to replace an expired passport,can I do it in any of the immigration offices and how long does it take?

  20. Jahaz Bholim - August 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Hallo sir , I first applied for my passport in Nairobi. On application I was told that they have to get my file from nairobi. On making several visits in mombasa they tell me the file is misplaced. Kindly please advice. Since am deployed in Mombasa and wanted to renew my passport in Mombasa

    • mooner - December 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      I applied for my passport online n the residential details i filled was Nairobi can i submit my forms elsewhere lets say Nakuru or Kisumu n be able to acquire my passport from there n not Nairobi.

  21. mariah wanjiku - August 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Hi! Gabriel, I lost my passport here in southafrica but I use assylum for my stay here. I reported to th police got an affidavit but I don’t have photocopy of th lost passport only passport no. R there any chances of getting another passport? Please help

  22. wendy ologi - August 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Hallo sir
    I have passport with wrong date of birth how can you help me to change my datw of birth

  23. michael anthony kongo - September 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    How long does it take for a passport to be processed after you have applied it coz i want one haven’t applied for one.

  24. IRENE KENDI KIMAITA - September 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

    currently need your assistance, i need to apply for a passport but my parents are far from Nairobi. please assist how will i go about it since i do not have the photocopy of their ID’s.
    thanks so much.

  25. EMMANUEL RUTO LOKIRATUKO - October 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    is passport office open?

  26. Winnie Tabitha - October 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    is it wrong to fill in the next of kin page in the passport? i mean das that make it null n void?

  27. fidelis otieno alila - October 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Mr I to ave taken my national Id using my grandma’s id and used her in th place of my mother bt my birth certificate reads my biological father n mother on the hand my grandmas last name first letter was misspelled in her national id n add on it I only ave my mum’s burial permit. How can u help get a passport plus advice me on wot to do

  28. imran - October 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    how long does it take to issue a passport.Its been 3 weeks and havent received my sons passport

  29. Hassan - November 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I have one problem,in my birth certificate i have both my mother and fathers name.My father left many years ago and upto date i have never seen him nor had of him.There is no information of him at all.When i went to apply for a passport i was told to bring his i.d which i can never get.Kindly assist

  30. Grace - November 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    thank-you so much for this piece of advice..very thoughtful

  31. Evans - December 17, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Need a passport or birth certificate in a day or 2? Let me know I assist you to get your passport or birth fast.

    • rosa - January 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      I am in nairobi can you help me get a passport in 2 to 3 days?
      Where can we me meet or what is your phone number

    • Mercy - January 30, 2015 at 10:52 am


      Please assist, I need assistance with getting both. Thanks.

    • Nixon Murunga - October 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Hi, did you get help because I have the sawn problem

    • Nixon Murunga - October 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

      I need a passport please help me and what documents do I need I am currently located in Nairobi

    • Ruth Mwangi - May 31, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Kindly assist me to get a birth certificate coz mine got lost

      • Gabriel Lubale - June 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm

        Please visit the nearest Huduma Centre or Civil Registration Bureau office. It’s quite easy process and the Officers serving there will be happy to help.

    • Ruth Mwangi - May 31, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Kindly assist me to get a birth certificate coz mine got lost n I really need to apply for a passport in order to travel mid June.or is it possible to apply for passport with only a Kenyan ID??

  32. sinty - February 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    thank you so much for your informative post. now i know exactly what i need to do

  33. Elizabeth - February 26, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I want to apply for a passport ,the problem is that my birth certificate got a different sir name from my ID and other documents how can I get help

    • marionaori - May 12, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      i need a passport and my identity card has a third name as compaired with my birth cert with two names please advice on this

      • Gabriel Lubale - June 2, 2015 at 3:53 am

        the practice is to issue passports in the names registered / appearing on the birth certificate (BC). Visit the Registrar of Births and Deaths Office where your BC was issued and see if she/he can include the third name on our BC. You will pay for the service.

  34. evans omollo - March 1, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    hello i need to get a new birth for my passport coz the one i have has a different date from my Id so i was told that my passport cannot be processed…can u assist..How can i reach you

  35. Connie gesora - March 27, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hello can someone help here! Well I had lost my birth certificate but have got an ID can I apply for a passport without my birth certificate?

  36. Christopher Ochieng - April 19, 2015 at 9:54 am

    sir, i need to apply for a passport but i don’t know how to go about it, help please

    • joyce - March 1, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      send me an email n i will help u…mine took seven days(one week)

      • faith - November 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        hi Joyce I would like to know how you went about with your passport application that came out within a week.your help will be highly apreaciated.

      • Ruth Mwangi - May 31, 2017 at 6:30 am

        Can you please help me?? I don’t have my birth certificate it got misplaced

  37. hussein demesi - April 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

    i dont have my dads id card and itsi have never seen him before though i have my moms id so what should i do to have the passport ineed it coz i have a scolarship to south africa by june it should be ready i have the birth cert

    • Gabriel Lubale - June 2, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Hussein, either visit huduma Bora centre nearest to you and you will be advice accordingly or come to an Immigration Office.

  38. obadiah muge - May 20, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Can I apply for a passport using my ID waiting card? I urgently need a passport to travel a broad.

    • Gabriel Lubale - June 2, 2015 at 3:50 am

      hi Obadiah, the rule is that an applicant must have an original ID Card. Visit our Passport control offices in Nairobi or Kisumu or Mombasa and explain your case. The Officer in charge might conisder your case and perhaps approve issuance of Passpoort subject to you meeting all other requirements. Good luck

  39. vava - May 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Hello! am Rwandan citizen but I live Kenya and like Kenya and I want Kenyan passport, what can do? thanks

  40. Hussein - June 1, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Hi, I have issues with the date of birth on both my ID and birth certificate, the correct date is on my ID nd the wrong one on my birth certificate.
    Someone helped me to apply for the birth certificate.
    Kindly advice

  41. sammy njeru - June 3, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    where do i get an aplication form and how do i apply online?

  42. grace - June 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Hey i applied for an ID three months ago and its not yet out so i have a waiting card and i need to apply for a passport very urgently what can i do please?

  43. Timothy ebu - June 13, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Hello sir, im a gospel preacher with high intention of reaching in other nations as said in mark 16:16, both parents died some 30yrs ago and im not employed. sir help me to get a passport.

  44. Nixon Murunga - June 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    My birth certificate and id have no parents names coz I don’t know them can I still get a passport ?

  45. ann wambui - June 26, 2015 at 8:19 am

    am a clinical officer in kenya.when i go us where should i start in terms of job when i get there?

  46. Eugine Nicool - July 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    He Sir I Wanted To Travel But In The Prosess Of Geting My Passport I Rialised The Person Who Issued Me My Birth Cirtificate Mispeld One Of My Name And Olso Wrote A Wrong Date How Can U Help

  47. Elizabeth - July 21, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hi Gabriel, I would like to change my surname on the passport and replace it with my husband’s. Which form am I supposed to fill? What documents are required for presentation at the immigration? Kindly advise

  48. Munira - July 23, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Hi,plz help i want to go to work in dubai but i dont have a birthcertificate i only have a national ID,can i get a passport with a national ID only.pliz help

  49. Rajab Hamisi - July 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I urgently need a passport, however, my date of birth in my ID is different from the birth certificate, I have all the documents required to prove this, kindly advice me on how to proceed as the process of changing the ID is taking ages as of now its the 5th year running.

  50. caroline Njeri Njuguna - August 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

    i am single parent to my son and i need a passport for him, i have my documents and his birth certificates. Do i need to avail evidence that am a single parent purely by choice

  51. kevin mwenda - August 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Evening u need help urgently,how long would it take
    me to get someone a new passport
    ,and is it possible to have the
    documents processed in 2 days?
    even if it possible pay an extra fee?
    Again how much does replacement
    for a lost passport cost and how fast
    would the process take,and how
    much will take cost?kindly let me get
    the feedback urgently, regards

    • Catherine - May 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      I also need a passport ready in 2 days. Mine got damaged and I have an emergency travel to do. Can I get help?

  52. kevin ochieng ger - September 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    hey my name is kevin ocheing ger

    i moved to germany when i was 6 onths old i was born in mombasa,kenya 07 february 1988 my passport is expired and i can get a new one without a kenyan id card is it possible to apply or get a new passport without a id card and how long does it take to get both a kenyan id card and a passport

    im coming to nairobi on the 15 september could you please help me ?

    do you have a number where i can contact you ?

    it would be nice also if you would have whatsapp and i also could contact you over it

    +4915166551052thank you very much

  53. Manduku Dennis - October 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    where will correct the names on my birth certificate to match with the ID in Nairobi City

  54. davis - October 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    in the documents section, there is something i can’t get quite clear and i quote “Photocopy of the Recommender’s Valid Kenya National Identity Card – Who signed on Page 3, Section 7. of the Applicant’s Form.”

    who is the recommender in this case or who could it be ?

  55. Diana Atieno - October 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    i need a passsport but my birth certificate doesn’t contain a father’s name as my mom was a single mom. Do i reaaly need his id even though i don’t know him?

  56. Jeliah - October 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Hello mr.Lubale i applied for my passport 3mnths ago online but i was never issued with a pay receit when i went to huduma house kisii i was told go to kisumu with a receit which i dont have,can i access my passport since i payed for it?

  57. Kahura - October 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Hi, Mr Luballe must i have a national id to get a passport? Cant i use a birth certificate?

  58. Ndambuki - October 21, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I applied for my passport last year and the file got lost at Nyayo house , they cant even track it in their system as well.This is frustrating and I supposed to travel end of this Month.. Now I have decided to reapply and I need it in 2 days…Kindly advise

  59. Nixon Murunga - October 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I want to apply for a passport but I don’t have any documents regarding my parents because I have never even seen them but I have my original ID And birth certificate can I get a passport ? Please help

  60. Olyvia - November 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Same question as Nixon Murunga on October 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

  61. maurine - November 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Hey so am waiting for my passport bt there is a job application that i need to fill… My question is since am renewing my passport will i be issued with a passport which has an identical number to my previous one or will it be a new one.

    Maurine Omballo

  62. Anthony.N.Mutuku - November 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    i applied the passport on 20th long will it take(period)

  63. Anthony.N.Mutuku - November 27, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    i applied apassport on 20thNovember 2015.How long /period it take to have it?

  64. Juliana - December 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Mr lubale, I applied for my daughters ppsport on line and paid all the fees. I submitted the application forms on 10th Oct in msa anf was approved. Tracking no 151169425. Does processing a passport really take this long?

  65. Kendi Ken - December 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hi,my daughter wrote her dad’s name n number on the list of next of kin on my passport,does that make it invalid?

  66. jacky ima - March 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks a lot for your information about passports….. Can I get a passport without my mother’s copy of id I have a birth cert and my dad’s copy of I’d.… mum left and I don’t have any contact with her…..thanks in advance for your reply

  67. Valentine Wairimu - July 4, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Hello. The information is quite informative.I acquired my passport when I was 8 years old, am 19 years now. Do i need to replace that passport or can i get an adult passport instead? and if i need to get an adult passport, is the previous one a requirement? Please help coz am worried i lost my passport and the charge for lost passport is quite high. Thanks

  68. john kariuki - April 26, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I lost my birth certificate years back but I need the passport can I provide any other document to replace the birth certificate? Because even when taking my id I replaced it with my baptism card

    • Rebecca Muriithi - June 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Hellow….i misplaced my national id card in school but i have the police abstract and i need to apply for my passport on this friday because i have to travell in 2weeks time…can i apply my passport in kisumu?i have the photocopy of my kenyan id…please help

      • Gabriel Lubale - June 17, 2017 at 11:45 pm

        Please visit the Public office. You will be assisted promptly.

  69. naitiemu - June 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    hi. i am trying to apply for a passport, but stuck at the ‘next of kin’ application part because its not going through. what could be the problem?


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