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Guide to Acquiring a Kenyan Passport

Guide to Acquiring a Kenyan Passport

Acquiring a passport is an essential process for anyone intending to travel abroad, and for Kenyan citizens, it is no different. A Kenyan passport enables its holder to travel to various countries around the world and serves as a primary identification document. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information and requirements for obtaining a Kenyan passport. From the application process to the fees and supporting documents, you'll find everything you need to know to make the process as smooth as possible. So, let's get started!

Creating an e-Citizen Account

Creating an e-Citizen account is an important step towards accessing government services and information online. With an e-Citizen account, you can easily apply for various services and make payments online from the comfort of your home.

  • National ID Number: This is a unique identification number issued by the government to its citizens. It is typically required for official purposes, including registering for an e-Citizen account.
  • Full Name: This refers to the complete legal name of the individual, including their first name, middle name (if applicable), and last name. It should be entered exactly as it appears on official documents.
  • Date of Birth: The date of birth is required to verify the applicant's age and identity. It should be entered in the specified format, usually as day, month, and year.
  • Phone Number: A valid and active phone number is necessary to receive verification codes or updates regarding the e-Citizen account registration process or future communications.
  • Email Address: An email address is typically required to create an account and receive notifications or correspondence related to the e-Citizen services.
  • Personal Information: This section may include additional details about the applicant, such as residential address, educational qualifications, employment status, or any other relevant personal data required by the authorities for the e-Citizen account registration process.

Applying for a Kenyan Passport Online

Applying for a Kenyan passport has become a lot easier with the introduction of the online application system. This allows individuals to conveniently apply for and renew their passports without having to visit the immigration offices.

Before You Begin:

  • You'll need access to a computer with internet and a scanner to upload documents.
  • Register for an eCitizen account ([eCitizen Kenya]) if you haven't already.

Required Documents:

  • Downloadable Forms:
  • Print a copy of the completed passport application form from eCitizen.
  • Print two copies of the downloadable invoices generated after paying the fees.


  • Original and photocopy of your birth certificate.
  • Original and photocopy of your National ID card (if 18 years or older).
  • Photocopy of your recommender's National ID.
  • For minors, a completed Consent Form (available on eCitizen).
  • If your parents are deceased, provide photocopies of their death certificates.
  • If your parents are alive, provide photocopies of their National IDs.

Photo Requirements:

  • Three recent passport-sized photos meeting eCitizen's specifications (available online).
  • One additional passport-sized photo of the parent filling out the application for a minor.

Online Application Process

Embark on your Kenyan passport journey! Here's a detailed guide to navigating the online application process.

  • Fill out the Online Application: Access the eCitizen portal and navigate to the Immigration Services section. Fill out the online passport application form accurately.
  • Scan and Upload Documents: Scan and upload clear copies of all the required documents mentioned above.
  • Pay the Fees: Choose your preferred payment method from the available options: Credit/Debit card, Airtel Money, M-Pesa, or eCitizen Agent. Settle the prescribed fee based on the type of passport you're applying for.
  • Book an Appointment: Once the payment is successful, schedule an appointment for biometric capture at a convenient Immigration office.

Submission and Biometrics Appointment

After completing the online application, gear up for your submission and biometrics appointment! Here's what to expect:

  • Print Documents: Print the completed application form with the two invoices and attach them with the original documents and three passport photos.
  • On Appointment Day: Bring the printed documents, original documents, and the parent's photo (for minors) to your scheduled appointment.
  • Biometrics Capture: At the Immigration office, undergo a biometric capture process that includes fingerprints and a digital photograph.

Processing and Passport Collection

After submitting your application and attending your biometrics appointment, you can expect a wait of up to 4 working days for processing. You can conveniently monitor the progress of your application through your eCitizen account. Once approved, the actual production of your passport is quite swift, taking approximately 2 working days for printing. The final step involves delivery by Passport Express, which typically takes another 2 working days. In total, from application submission to receiving your passport in hand, you can expect the entire process to take around 8-10 working days, though it's always wise to factor in some buffer time for any unforeseen delays.

Types of Passports Offered in Kenya

Here's a breakdown of the different passport types:

  • Ordinary Passport (32 Pages) 
  • Ordinary Passport (48 Pages) 
  • Ordinary Passport (64 Pages) 
  • Diplomatic Passport (48 pages) 
  • Mutilated Passport Replacement 
  • Lost Passport Replacement 
  • Certificate of Identity (for foreigners)
  • Temporary Permit 

Important Reminders for a Smooth Application Process

Avoid snags in your Kenyan passport application process! Here are key reminders to ensure a smooth experience:

  • Ensure all documents are clear and meet the specified requirements.
  • Double-check the accuracy of information filled in the online application.
  • Book your appointment well in advance to avoid delays.
  • Allow sufficient processing time before your planned travel date.


I'm a Kenyan citizen living abroad. Can I apply for a passport online?

Yes! Kenyans residing abroad can apply for passports entirely online through the official portal. You'll need to create an account and follow the application process, including uploading the necessary documents.

What documents do I need to submit for a Kenyan passport application?

The required documents for a Kenyan passport application typically include:

  • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Kenyan national ID card (original or certified copy)
  • Two passport-sized photos (recent, coloured, with a white or light blue background)
  • Proof of payment for the passport fee

How long does it take to get a Kenyan passport after applying?

Processing times for Kenyan passports can vary depending on individual circumstances and workload. However, generally, it takes between 7-10 working days for standard processing after a complete application is submitted. Expedited processing options might be available for an additional fee.

Where can I collect my Kenyan passport after it's processed?

You can choose to collect your passport at the Immigration Department office closest to your residence in Kenya or at a designated overseas embassy or consulate if you're applying from abroad.

My Kenyan passport is expiring soon. Can I renew it online?

Unfortunately, passport renewals for Kenyan citizens cannot be done entirely online. You'll need to visit an authorised passport application centre to submit your renewal application and have your biometrics captured. However, you can likely use the eCitizen portal to schedule an appointment and access relevant information.




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  • Step1: Apply on-line Provide the information from your passport to eTA application.
  • Step2: Make an online payment Payment Methods: Credit Card
  • Step3: Check your e-mail address If your payment is confirmed, your eTA will be sent to your e-mail
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