How to Apply for a Kenyan Identity Card

The Kenya Identity Card an incredibly important state-issued document. It is the main and legal identification document recognized in Kenya and you need it for everything from transacting on M-PESA to accessing state service and even gaining access to certain buildings.

For Kenyan citizens, applying for a National Identity Card is quite easy and straight-forward. However, without the needed documents, the application process can be quite hectic. The process and the documents needed to make the whole process easy and successful are as described below.

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What documents do you need?

Firstly, the applicant must produce their original birth certificate and a copy of the same. If available, the applicant should also produce their school leaving certificate. The applicant is also required to produce original national identity cards of both parents. A photocopy of each of the documents is also needed.

Secondly, the applicant should go to the office of the District Officer to get a form with which they apply for the national identity card. The applicant should then fill out the details on the form that concerns them without any errors. They should then take the form to the assistant chief or the chief for signing.

When this is done, the form should be taken to the office of the District office where the details on the filled form are scrutinized and verified. The District officer then appends a signature to the form. If the form passes this stage, fingerprints and a passport size photograph of the applicant are taken to be sent together with the form to the relevant offices mandated with the creation of the national identity cards.

The applicant is then issued with a waiting card with which they can use as the national identity card as they wait for their national identity card to be processed. The waiting period may last up to two months. When the time has elapsed, the applicant should then go to the office of the District officer to collect their national identity card.


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