Printing Services

Please note that these printing services are available to all the two levels of government in Kenya, and also to the public

The Government Press Kenya, provides three disciplines related to the manufacturing of printed matter, being Pre-Press, Press and |post Press Operations, as well as related specialized services.

These services relate to the preparation of text, in a format ready for printing, and include:

  • Typesetting – a customer can deliver text in written format, which the Pre-Press will typeset.
  • Layout and design – the Pre-Press can assist the customer to design new documents and to do the layout required for printing.
  • Acceptance of document in most electronic formats and converting such documents to printed formats.

The above includes the development of security features required to safeguard documents against forgery, such as micro text, guilloche backgrounds, vignettes and more.

For any Printing Order:

The Following Customer Requirements will help us to serve you better:

  • An indent requisition for a job required to be printed should be received by the Government Printer who will either approve or suggest alternatives.
  • Once approved a pro forma invoice will be issued.
  • After payment is made at the Cash Office against the pro forma invoice issued, the execution of the job will start.
  • When preparing soft copy document for printing, contact us for advice.


  • If you submit a soft copy, ensure that it has been edited and proofed to avoid extra work. The Print Ready Electronic Files should be brought with a final laser print hard copy of your file at 100 printed on one side.
  • For compatibility we recommend industry standard Application Support Version programs, such as InDesign, Illustrator, Publisher and Photoshop. Microsoft Word is suitable for text only and has to be imported into a page layout program to facilitate printability if the job contains coloured graphics and illustrations. While we accept files in other formats they may be redone to make them print ready.Therefore they should come in an editable format.
  • All graphics such as illustrations and pictures should be accompanied with their links if not embedded. The links should be saved in a separate folder preferably in TIFF or EPS formats.
  • Recommended font sizes for text is 7 to 12 pts. 14 points upwards are display. Some fonts come already bold or italic by design default. Others don’t have these attributes al all hence cannot display them when printed. For hairlines, use a minimum of 3/10 of a point (0.3) for every rule.
  • For colours images change RGB to CMYK before submission. Scanned colour images should be 300 dpi and B &W line art least 600 dpi scanned to print size. Bleed be 1/8 inch (.125).


Once the document is received from origination, it can be printed as:

  • Offset printing – full colour, high quality printing in sheet format, such as posters, annual reports, forms, certificates, Kenya Gazette, official Programmes, Funeral Programmes and more.
  • Continuous printing – full colour jobs/ single colour jobs printed in high volumes, including newsletters, census forms, voter registration forms and more.
  • Digital printing – either full colour or black & white. Digital printing is used for production of variable data (no two documents are the same), personalization of documents such as certificates and more.


After receiving printed matter from the print rooms, finishing operations are executed to deliver the printed matter in its final format as:

  • Sheeted
  • Fan folded packs
  • Sprocketed continuous stationery (also multipart)
  • Folded forms
  • Perfect bound books
  • Reel-to-reel format
  • Books (side stitched and saddle stitched)
  • Full-bound books (including genuine leather)
  • Foil blocking
  • Special Bound Books etc

 All of the above relate to both security printing jobs and non-security printing jobs.