Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Get a Marriage Certificate

Marriages in Kenya are registered by the Office of the Attorney General and a marriage certificate issued.

The following documents are required to register a marriage in Kenya:



Marriage between Kenyans


  1. Copies of identification cards and colored passport size photos (for both parties) and Ksh 600. NB* this will be for the notice which will run for 21 days.
  2. After the 21-day notice, if the ceremony is to take place in the:
    • Registrar’s Office - You will be required to pay Ksh 3,300, and then receive a marriage date according to the official diary.
    • Church – you will be required to pay Ksh 800 after the 21-day notice to obtain a registration certificate which will be issued seven days thereafter
    • Where the ceremony shall take be at a place other than a church or Registrar’s Office e.g. A Garden, hotel etc. a Special License is also needed to license the venue even if notice is properly given at a fee of Ksh. 7200.
  3. Pastor’s License - if it is a church wedding
  4. Both parties must be present



*Copy Pastor’s License - if the marriage is conducted by a church minister & Serial No.

Marriage between Kenyans (Special)


In the event that you cannot provide a 21-day notice, the following documents are required:


  1. Birth Certificates (Copies & Original)
  2. Identification cards or passports (Copies & Original)
  3. Proof that there is no impediment to marriage e.g.
  4. Affidavits
  5. Death Certificate (In the case of widowed persons) - Copy & original
  6. Divorce Decree Absolute. (In the case of divorced persons) - Copy & original
  7. Colored Passport size photos
  8. A documented reason to show (prove that you do not have time to give a 21-day notice.


*Both parties must be present

* Copy of the Pastor’s License - if the marriage is conducted by a church minister & Serial No.


Marriage between a Kenyan and a Foreigner


Kenyan

  1. Identification card/valid Kenyan passport(Copies & Original)
  2. Colored passport size photo
  3. Birth Certificate (Copies & Original)
  4. Affidavit.


  • Death Certificate (In the case of widowed persons) – Copy & original
  • Divorce Decree Absolute (In the case of divorced persons) – Copy & original


Foreign National

  1. Valid passport (Copies & Original)
  2. Birth Certificate (Copies & Original)
  3. Passport size photo (Colored)
  4. A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage.

  • Death Certificate. (In the case of widowed persons)- or
  • Divorce Decree Absolute. (In the case of divorced persons)- Copy & original

5. Return air ticket/visa/work permit.

*Both parties to be present

*Copy Pastor’s License- for a Church wedding & Serial No. of Certificate

Marriage between Foreign Nationals


1. Valid passports (Copies & Original)
2. Passport size photos (Colored).
3. Birth certificates (Copies & Original)
4. Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage.

  • - Death Certificate. (In the case of widowed persons) – Copy & original
  • - Divorce Decree Absolute. (In the case of divorced persons) – Copy & original

5. Return air ticket./Visa/Work permit

*Both parties to be present

NB Any document in a language other than English MUST be translated and verified as true translation

Source
Office of the Attorney General

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