How To Apply For a Lost/Duplicate Kenya National ID/Identity Card

by | Jul 20, 2020 | Legal | 0 comments

Have you lost your Kenyan Identity Card and need a replacement/duplicate? This article explains how to apply/replace a lost Kenyan ID card.

What You Need To Replace a Lost Kenyan Identity Card

To replace a lost ID card, you will need to have the following:

  1. A police abstract from any police station in Kenya. To get an abstract, you need to report the loss of the identity card to a police station.
  2. Your lost ID number or a copy of the lost ID
  3. A passport size photograph that was taken against a white background
  4. KES 20 for payment


  • Visit the nearest Registrar of Persons Center in Kenya. Every County in Kenya has at least one. Alternatively, you can visit any Huduma Center countrywide. The following Huduma Centers are currently operational with more being added:
BaringoNorth Rift RegionCounty Commissioner Office, Kabarnet Town
Bungoma CountyWestern RegionPost Office, Moi Avenue Road, Bungoma Town
Busia CountyWestern RegionPost Office, Opposite Government Offices
Embu CountyEastern RegionPost Office, Next to County Commissioner’s Office, Meru-Nairobi Highway, Embu Town
GarissaNorthern RegionCounty Commissioner Office,Garissa Town
HomabayWestern RegionCounty Commissioner Office, Next to County Assembly
Isiolo CountyEastern RegionPost Office, Hospital Road, Off Isiolo-Marsabit Highway
Kajiado CountyCentral & South RiftPost Office, Nairobi-Namanga Highway
Kakamega CountyWestern RegionPost Office, Kakamega-Kisumu Highway
KerichoCentral & South RiftArdhi House, Temple Street, Kericho Town
Kiambu CountyNairobi and Central RegionAssistant County Commissioner Office (DO),Opposite Thika Stadium, Thika Town
KilifiCoast RegionCounty Commisioner Office, Kilifi Town
KirinyagaCentral RegionCounty Commissioner, Kerugoya Town
Kisii CountyWestern RegionPost Office, Kisii-Migori Road, Kisii Town
Kisumu CountyWestern RegionFormer PC Office, Prosperity House, Next to Central Bank
Kitui CountyEastern RegionPost Office, Opposite Catholic Church, Kitui Town
Kwale CountyCoast RegionKwale-Kinango Road, Opposite National Police Service
Laikipia CountyCentral & South RiftCounty Commissioner Office, Nanyuki Town
LamuCoast RegionOld Jetty, Next to County Commissioner Office, Kenyatta Road
Machakos CountyEastern RegionPost Office, Opposite Cathedral Church,Machakos
Makueni CountyEastern RegionPost Office, Next to County Commissioner Office,Wote
MarsabitEastern RegionPost Office, Post Office Road, Marsabit Town
Meru CountyEastern RegionPost Office, Opposite County Commissioner Office, Meru-Makutano Highway, Meru Town
Migori CountyWestern RegionCounty Commissioners Office, Migori Town
Mombasa CountyCoast RegionGeneral Post Office, Opposite Safaricom Customercare, Digo Road, Mombasa
Muranga CountyCentral RegionCounty Commissioners Office, Muranga Town
Nairobi City CountyNairobi and Central RegionHuduma GPO: Teleposta Building, Kenyatta Avenue.
Nairobi City CountyNairobi and Central RegionHuduma City Square: Haile Selassie, Next to Technical University of Kenya
Nairobi City CountyNairobi and Central RegionHuduma Eastleigh: Eastleigh Eleventh Street
Nairobi City CountyNairobi and Central RegionHuduma Kibra: County Commissioner”s Office, Kibera Drive
Nairobi City CountyNairobi and Central RegionHuduma Makadara: City County Offices- Eastlands Revenue Building, Off Jogoo Road, Next to DC Makadara
Nakuru CountyCentral & South RiftGeneral Post Office, Next to Merica Hotel, Kenyatta Avenue
NandiNorth Rift RegionPost Office, Kapsabet Town
Narok CountyCentral & Rift RegionPost Office, Olerorat House,Narok Town, Narok-Nairobi Highway
Nyamira CountyWestern RegionPost Office, Konate-Nyamira Road
Nyandarua CountyNairobi and Central RegionCounty Commissioner’s Office, Olkalau Township
Nyeri CountyNairobi and Central RegionFormer Provincial Commissioner’s Office, Nyeri Town
SamburuNorth Rift RegionGeneral Post Office, Maralal
Siaya CountyWestern RegionPost Office, Kisumu-Busia Highway. Opposite KCB
Taita -Taveta CountyCoast RegionCDF Office, Wundanyi
Tharaka NithiEastern RegionCounty Commissioner Office, Chuka Town
Trans Nzoia CountyNorth Rift RegionKitale Post Office, Mak-Asembo Road
Turkana CountyNorth Rift RegionCounty Commissioner’s Office, Lodwar
Uasin Gishu CountyNorth Rift RegionPost Office, Eldoret-Kitale Road, Eldoret Town
Wajir CountyNorthern RegionCounty Commissioner’s Office, Next to County Assembly, Wajir
  • Inform the registration officials that you would like to replace a lost identity card. You will be directed to the appropriate queue. 
  • Present all the documents above.
  • Fill in the application form presented to you.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken and you will be issued with a waiting card to collect your ready ID card replacement.
  • Replacement ID cards are now issued in about two weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don’t have a passport photo, the registration officers can take a photo of you at the registration center at a cost of KES 100.
  • You can check the status of your ID online at the website though it seems to eternally suffer from downtime!
  • You can also check the status of your application by sending the serial number of your waiting to the SMS number 20031. But take note this also doesn’t always work as efficiently as it should.

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