Consular services include:
- Registration of Kenyans
- Assistance to Kenyans in distress [arrest & detention]
- Application for birth certificates for children born abroad, or for duplicates of a lost birth certificate.
- Application for certificates of good conduct
- Application for certificate of “no impediment to marriage”
- Dual Citizenship
- Authentication of documents issued by the Kenyan government
- Issuing of letters confirming nationality (Upon presentation of valid Kenyan passport, valid Kenyan ID card and birth certificate)
1. Registration of Kenyans
Consular services to Kenyans residing in United Kingdom or visiting can be offered more efficiently if registration with the High Commission is done promptly upon arrival in the United Kingdom. Those who are not registered are therefore required to do so immediately they visit the High Commission. Registration can also be done on-line.
Click here to Register as a Kenyan in United Kingdom. Kindly note that your names should be entered as they appear on your passport. All details required on the registration form are very important and should not be overlooked when filling out the form. In addition, please print the form on a single sheet of paper. Remember to provide your telephone contacts and e-mail address for faster communication.
It is always advisable to include copies of the relevant pages of your own and your family’s Kenyan passports. These will come in handy in cases of emergency (e.g. stolen passport). For the same reason, you should keep copies of all Kenyan documents at home.
2. Assistance to Kenyans in distress
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.
3. Birth certificate for a Kenyan child born in United Kingdom/Abroad.
Download application for registration of births.
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).
- 3Copies 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. 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 finger prints 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
1. 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.
2. 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.
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.
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
5. 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
6. 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.