Kenyans will have to part with a hundred shillings to replace a lost identity card (ID).
According a statement from the Director of National Registration Reuben Kimotho, the charge will take effect from March 15, this year.
However, the charge will not apply to persons registering for the first time.
The government has been processing duplicate IDs for free even after a 300 shillings fee for replacing a lost national identity card was introduced by the late Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang in 2011, a directive that was never implemented.
This comes even as the State Department of Immigration, Border control and Registration of persons under PS Major General (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa is soon planning to introduce a digital ID.
The digital ID will be used as a driving license, NHIF card and as a National Identification card.
State Department of Immigration, Border control and Registration of persons under PS General Kihalangwa @GKihalangwa will introduce a Digital ID soon. It will be used as a Driving license , NHIF card and and a National Identification card #MbelePamoja pic.twitter.com/oIDIud057I
— Immigration Kenya. (@ImmigrationDept) March 13, 2018
Uganda and Rwanda are also in the process of introducing the new-generation ID which will make it easier to travel and conduct business across East Africa.
The new identification cards will make it easy for Kenyans to travel and conduct business.
The procurement process of the new card is already underway.