How to Renew a Kenyan Passport in the U.S.
Kenya has stopped renewing five year passports, which means that should
you want to renew your Kenyan passport, you will actually have to apply
for a new one. Luckily, this is not too much of an inconvenience
because you can send your application and its documents via mail to the
appropriate consulate or embassy.
Another note to take is that Kenya has also stopped issuing 48 page and
64 page (B and C) passports. You can now only apply for 32 page (A)
You have to apply on behalf of yourself and no other third
party can do so for you. This is true both in terms of going into a
consulate as well as sending an application by mail. Whatever you
choose to do, here are the steps to take.
Fill Out a Kenyan Passport Application Form (PP1)
Since you are actually seeking to renew your passport, you would
have filled out this application form before. It should therefore be
relatively simple to you. You may select to fill out the form online
with the embassy in Washington or with the Kenyan consulate in New
York. These are the two Kenyan institutions within the U.S that deal
with passport issues. Here is the Washington DC application form
They are exactly the same forms but are just lodged online at different
places. If you are applying by mail, it is really up to personal
preference. If you wish to go into a consulate, you will have to travel
to either New York or the embassy in Washington. This is why
application by mail is far more convenient. The address for the Kenyan
embassy in Washington is:
2249 R St NW
Washington DC 20008
If you would like to post to the consulate in New York, the address is:
866 UN Plaza Suite 4016
New York, NY 10017
Be sure to track your application with a tracking number. You
can check in with the embassy online regarding your passport
application after a week of it arriving here
You will need your confirmation number to check your passport process.
This number is given to you upon submission of your application form
Further Required Documentation
Besides just the PP1 application form, you also need to submit
various other supporting documentation for your new Kenyan passport.
- Your current passport plus a copy of the information and photo page
- Two passport pictures
- Copy of both sides of your birth certificate
- If you wish to change your name, a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce certificate
- A self-addressed return envelope for new passport with fees for
FEDEX, Express Mail, Priority Mail or Certified Mail. UPS, Metered mail
and Regular mail are not accepted.
- Personal contact information (work and home telephone plus email address)
- Passport fees: $150.00
Passport Photo Regulations
Be sure that your photos meet Kenyan passport regulations as it often
occurs that passport applications are denied simply for rejected
photos. Here are a few pointers:
- Photo size must be 2 inches by 2 inches
- Photos must show full face as well as both ears
- Hair or weaves must not cover the face or forehead
- Ladies should not wear strappy or strapless tops
- The background should be white and without shadows
- The applicant may not smile or laugh
- The applicant should not wear any glasses at all
Once you have sent all the required documents along with
passport photos that are suitable; your application could take
approximately six to eight weeks to be completed. Soon after, you
should receive your new passport.
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