Passport Guidelines

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This is to inform the general public that all Kenyan passport applications must now be made via Manual applications will not be accepted.

Source: and Huduma KENYA

NOTE: The Applicant must be present during submission of the passport as well as collection of the passport. Agents can no longer submit/ collect passports on behalf of the applicant.

A Kenyan who intends to acquire or to travel outside Kenya shall submit an application for a passport to the Passport Control Officer in the manner prescribed below.

An application shall be accompanied by:-

  • Documentary evidence of Kenyan citizenship i.e. original & copies of Birth Certificate and National Identity Card, or a Certificate of Naturalization or Registration and Renunciation Certificate of former citizenship.
  • Current clear and un-mounted three passport size photographs as may be directed by the Passport Control Officer.
  • The Application must be recommended in section ‘7’ 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. The recommender must attach a copy of his/her National ID or passport.
  • In the case of an applicant who is below the age of eighteen years, the parents or legal guardian’s written consent.
  • In case of an applicant who is adopted, the original adoption certificate, clearance letter from the children’s department, and or, the Court ruling or award.
  • In case of married woman, documentary evidence of marriage e.g. Sworn Affidavit, marriage certificate.
  • Prescribed fee.

CONTACT US for more details of the requirements needed to apply for a Kenyan Passport.

Further Notes:

  • Immediately upon collection of a new Passport, it is important that one reads through the notes, appends his/her signature and notes the Immigration reference number(R. No)
  • Applicants under 18 years of age must have one of the Parents’/Guardians’ consent letter and a copy of the National Identity Card
  • Applicant’s copy of National Identity Card is MANDATORY for every application

Disqualification of Application for Passports

A Passport Control Officer shall disqualify the application of any person:-

  • Who is not a citizen of Kenya
  • Who gives false information for the purpose of obtaining a passport
  • Submits incomplete forms
  • In respect of whom there is evidence of involvement in passport fraud, passport forgery or international crime(s).

15 thoughts on “Passport Guidelines

  1. Adam jefwa says:

    Hi, I separated with my wife 4 years ago,I remained with my daughter I want to apply for her passport but can’t located her biological mum, can I use her step mums details or can I leave the mother details blank

  2. Phenny says:

    Hello fathers. What do the immigration office mean by Recommender’s ID .
    Who is the recommender? Is it the person applying for the passport or the parent?

  3. kaitlintasha says:

    l want to apply for a passport, but my parents separated while I was a toddler and now we don’t know of his whereabouts, but I heard that he passed away…do I still need any of his details to apply for my passport? or I’ll only use my mother’s ID’s details?!

    • fathershandltd says:

      Thank you for contacting us.

      You are permitted to mention that your Father is deceased. You can place ‘NA’ on the sections that require your Father’s details. Use your mother’s details for the application.

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Enock,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      If your parents are deceased, you will not have to provide these copies.

      To obtain your parents IDs, you would need to obtain a police abstract from any police station, and submit the police abstract to the ID office, near to where your parents live. The police abstract will enable the ID authorities to produce new IDs for your parents.

      If you would like to use our services, kindly write an email to

  4. juliet says:

    hello, i am having issues when it comes to putting the recommenders phone number. I am always told “please put a valid phone number”

  5. Zeinab says:

    Hi Father’s hand,I have a question what happens when the father of a child’s whereabouts are not known and a consent letter is required for the child to travel?Thankyou

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