Thursday, 1 March 2012


The Law governing application and issuance of passports in Kenya is the immigration Act. Passports are therefore issued by the Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons, currently house at Jogoo House “A”, Taifa Road, Nairobi.

Whereas Kenyans are have a right to a passport to facilitate regional and international travels, the issuance of the passports is not automatic, and the same must be applied for. The application is in a prescribed for.

Generally, the following are the requirements:

1.       Application Forms: All applicants must fill the application forms, vis-à-vis:

a)       Persons over 16 years of age Form PP1
b)       Children under 16 years of age Form PP2

2.     Documentary evidence of Kenya Citizenship: Documentary evidence of Kenya Citizenship must also be submitted i.e. Naturalisation, Registration, and Birth Certificates & ID/Card original and copies.

3.     Photographs Guidelines: Passport-size Photographs of the applicant must be submitted, and must take full face, without head-scuff or wigs. The photographs must have been taken within the last six months of the date of passport application. Photographs may be black and white or coloured and must not be mounted. The size of the photographs must 2 by 1½ inches, machine photos are not acceptable.

4.     Additional Documentation: In case of married woman, further documentary evidence of marriage e.g. Sworn Affidavit, marriage certificate must be submitted. In case of children /people under the age of 21 years of age, written Consent from Father or legal guardian is required unless one is a member of the Armed forces.

5.     Recommendation: The Application must be recommended by a citizen of Kenya such as Minister of religion, a Minister or Legal Practitioner, an established Civil Servant or Bank Official personally acquainted with the applicant, but not by immediate relatives.

6.     Other Requirements

The applicant:

a)       Must be Bona Fide Kenya citizen.
b)       Must demonstrate a genuine reason for travel, such as visiting family or friends, business, further studies or need to visit an ailing relative.
c)       Must be capable of meeting travel up-keep expenses while outside Kenya.

Please note that for students, the following additional documents are required: -

a)       Letter of admission to school or college (original and copy)
b)       Form 1-20
c)       Letter of Clearance from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.
d)      Parents/guardians affidavit in support of the passport application Travel.
e)       Kenya Citizenship-Registration Certificate for those registered citizens (original and photocopy) and a Renunciation Certificate if the applicant is born in Kenya after independence (1963) etc but only one of the parents is Kenyan.


The following are the costs involves in passport applications.

a)       Ordinary 32-page Passport            Kshs 3,040/=
b)       Ordinary 48-page Passport            Kshs 4,540/=
c)       Ordinary 64-page Passport            Kshs 6,040/=
d)      Diplomatic 48-page Passport        Kshs 6,040/=
e)       East African Passport                      Kshs 940/=
f)        Temporary permit                            Kshs 300/=
g)       Application Forms is                       Kshs 40/=

The handling charges for undertaking the application process for the applicant is however negotiable. The law allows applicants to make the applications on their own. The use of a consultant however is desirable as often the consultant understands the process very well and can well in advance anticipate any challenges, mitigate them on time and therefore guarantee an expedited turnaround time for each application.

As such, we remain willing and able to act for our clients in passport applications processes, including passport renewal services. Please contact us at for any question regarding passport applications in Kenya. You may also call us on + 254 773 865 798/ +254 715 310 677.

Yours in service,

Corporate Law & Business Services Consultinga participating consultancy in the SLS Group of consultancies focusing on corporate law applications, governance and compliance requirements as well as services in facilitation of business.

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