Below is the process of getting ID Cards,Marriage Certificate,Birth Certificate and Certificate of Good Conduct for Kenyans living abroad
The Consular also provided this other services:
National identity card
The Kenya High Commission was gazetted as registration office in 2011. This service offered the Diaspora with their constitutional right of acquiring Identification Document at their place of residency without having to travel back home. All classes of applicants are catered for: new applicants and those seeking duplicates.
To obtain a copy of birth, marriage or death certificates a search form must be completed and returned to the Kenya High Commission together with a fee of US $50 postal order.
In the case of birth/death certificate the postal order should be made payable to the Principal Civil Registrar;
Postal orders for copies of marriage certificates should be payable to The Registrar of Marriages.
The contact addresses for the Registrar’s Offices in Nairobi and Mombasa are:
The Registrar of Marriages
Department of the Registrar-General
PO Box 30031-00100
Senior Assistant Registrar General
PO Box 80366
Duplicate Birth Certificate
To obtain a copy of birth certificate, a search form must be completed and returned to the Kenya High Commission.
Submit the form with the following:
- Copy of the original Birth Certificate.
- Processing fee made in Money Order US $50.00 payable to the Kenya High Commission.
- A formal letter of Application.
Assistance to Kenyans in distress [arrest & detention]
Kenyans residing or visiting United Kingdom are strongly urged to ensure that they observe the laws and regulations of this country in order to avoid getting into costly legal processes. Kenyans are particularly urged to keep their immigration status valid at all times, and avoid being at the risk of facing deportation proceedings. All travel documents should in addition be kept valid. It is extremely important to register with the High Commission in case of any eventualities.
If for any reason you are arrested and/or detained:
- Do not resist the arrest; it will only serve to aggravate your legal problems. Just seek an explanation from the law enforcers and ask to talk to the Consular section at the Kenya High Commission.
- Give consent to the law enforcement agency to notify the High Commission, Consular Section, of your arrest/detention. This could be the only way for the High Commission, and your next of kin, will learn about your predicament and find possible ways for assistance.
- When talking to the High Commission, state your case honestly and provide names and contacts of individuals, both in United Kingdom and in Kenya, you wish to inform about your situation. The High Commission will communicate your messages to them as soon as possible.
- If you can afford an attorney or lawyer, decline to answer questions relating to your case except in the presence and with the advice of your attorney or lawyer.
Application for birth certificates for children born abroad, or for duplicates of a lost birth certificate.
Kindly print the form on a single sheet of paper. (both sides)
- Birth registration
- Form (downloads from the website or obtains at the High Commission).
- 3 Copies of relevant pages of parents’ passports and birth certificates, duly certified by the High Commission.
- Parents’ Marriage Certificate
- Copy of child’s British birth certificate (certified and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
- Processing fee of £5.00
Application for Duplicate birth certificate.
- Photocopy of original birth certificate.
- Statement explaining loss of original.
- Parents’ passport copies or ID cards
- £5.00 processing fee
Birth certificates are issued by:
Principal Civil Registrar
Department of Civil registration
P.O. Box 49179
4.8 Application for certificates of good conduct
In order to facilitate a search into the records of those applying for a certificate of good conduct, the Kenyan police will require the applicant’s fingerprints to be taken by the police authorities in the country of residence at the time of application and on a prescribed Kenya Police form. The fingerprints must be taken at a police station and have an official endorsement with the police station seal or official stamp. Photocopied prints or prints used in previous years are not acceptable.
For foreigners, the Kenya police require documentary support for the period lived in Kenya stating also the immigration status by the time. This evidence can be in form of copies for residence permits, passport endorsements or copies of alien registration, letters from place of employment (appointment letters).
A search fee of £10.00 is payable upon submission of application documents. Issue of certificates may take more than three months. If the applicant wishes to send the prints direct to the Criminal Investigation Department, return postage for the same is to be included.
Requirements for Certificate of Good Conduct for those living abroad
- Kenyan citizens:
- A complete set of finger prints and palm prints
- If the applicant is over 18 years of age, a clear photocopy of the Kenyan second generation identity card. (If the applicant was never issued with the ID card, he/she must prove he/she left Kenya before reaching the age of 18 years and is yet to return, and must provide the High Commission with a certified copy of the birth certificate and of the Kenyan passport);
- If the applicant is below 18 years, a certified copy of the birth certificate and/or Kenyan passport;
- An application letter;
- Attach a fee of £10.00 to be paid at the High Commission or for those sending the application directly to Nairobi enclose a banker’s cheque of Kshs 1,000.00 payable to the Director of Criminal Investigation Department, P.O. Box 30036, Nairobi.
- Non-Kenyan citizens:
- A complete set of fingerprints and palm prints;
- A certified photocopy of the applicant’s passport;
- Documentary proof that the applicant ever resided in Kenya for three months or more;
- If the applicant is below 18 years, a certified copy of the birth certificate;
- An application letter;
- Attach a fee of £10.00 to be paid at the High Commission or for those sending application directly to Nairobi, enclose a banker’s cheque of Kshs 1,000.00 payable to the Director of Criminal Investigation Department, P.O. Box 30036, Nairobi;
- Those applicants who happen to be in Kenya should endeavour to apply in person at CID Headquarters in Nairobi.
Biographical details of Certificate of Good Conduct
NOTE: Finger prints not taken on the prescribed form and without police endorsement seal or stamp are not accepted for processing by the Kenyan police.
4.9 Application for certificate of “no impediment to marriage”
In order to apply for the certificate through the Kenya High Commission in London, the following are required;
- Valid Kenyan passport with copies for certification.
- Passport copies of the spouse to be.
- Application letter.
- Application form, which can be downloaded from the website or obtained at the High Commission.
- Payment of £60.00
- Copy of birth certificate
- The certificate can also be applied for directly from the
Registrar of Marriages
Department of the Registrar-General
P.O. Box 30031-00100
4.10 Dual Citizenship
According to the Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act of 2011, the Dual Citizenship is permissible in Kenya.
Kindly visit the Department of Immigration Services’ website at http://www.immigration.go.ke for details on the dual citizenship.
4.11 Authentication of documents issued by the Kenyan government
For authentication of documents, an applicant is required to present the original document and a copy of the same duly issued by a competent kenyan Government authority, or the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, or a designated Officer of a Diplomatic Mission in the United Kingdom.
The documents may be brought in person or sent in by post, in which case the applicant must include a post-paid recorded mail self addressed envelope. The Mission takes three days to authenticate documents which may then be collected in person, or sent using the self addressed envelope.