•The old cards remain valid and in use for now and there are plans to roll out self-registration to ensure ease of service delivery
•This was part of the reforms that have been made in the registration process following the launch of the registration system during the UN Disability Day in 2021
At least 17,000 new-generation identification cards for people living with disability have been disbursed to counties with another 5,000 set to be dispatched this week.
According to the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) Executive Director Harun Hassan, Kenyans with waiting cards will also receive SMS notifications informing them to collect their cards at their respective points of application.
"We will soon communicate the phase-out date of the old card,” Hassan said.
He said the old cards remain valid and in use for now and disclosed that there are plans to roll out self-registration to ensure ease of service delivery.
“In the coming future, we will also explore self-registration as our next frontier of service delivery provided one produces the necessary documents,” he said.
“We believe this is possible, and in sync with the government’s efforts to digitize service delivery hence bringing services closer to the people."
The Labour CS Florence Bore officially launched the distribution of the new-generation identification cards in November last year.
This was part of the reforms that have been made in the registration process following the launch of the registration system during the UN Disability Day in 2021.
The new cards, produced by De La Rue, are embedded with security features to curb fraud and QR codes for verification purposes.
Possession of a disability card, which is evidence of a duly registered person with a disability, qualifies one to benefit from services, rights and privileges as stipulated by law such as tax exemption, education assistance and assistive devices.
To get the new registration one will need a recent passport-sized photo and a duly filled registration form which can be accessed through NCPWD’s county offices.
The individual will also be required to have a copy of the national ID or birth certificate and a copy of their Disability Assessment Report from the government-gazetted hospitals with the Director of Medical Services’ signature.