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Marriage Requirements & Procedures In Kenya

One of the frustrations most of our clients  face by the time they come to us is not being able to get accurate information on exactly what is required for one  to get married in Kenya.  Below please find the updated requirements as of August 27th 2012.

The following documents and procedures are required for registration of civil and Christian marriages in Kenya whether under The Marriage Act  (CAP 150) or under The African Christian Marriage and Divorce ACT (CAP 151) of the Laws of Kenya.

A)     MARRIAGE BETWEEN KENYANS – BY NOTICE OF 21 DAYS

  • National Identity card or passport for both bride & groom. Not accepted: waiting card for ID, driving licence or other institutional ID cards
  • Applicants must appear in person and sign the notice book.
  • Ksh 200/= for the notice and after 21 days Ksh 1500/=  for the ceremony. Date is booked according to availability in the diary.
  • Where the ceremony is to take place in church, you will be required to pay Ksh 200/= for the notice and after the 21 days Kshs 350/= for a registrar’s certificate  authorizing the marriage to take place.
  • Where the ceremony is to take place anywhere else other than church or registrar’s office e.g a garden, hotel etc, a special license  fee of Ksh 5000/= is further required to licence the venue if notice is properly given.

B)      MARRIAGE BETWEEN KENYANS – WITHOUT NOTICE (i.e BY SPECIAL  LICENCE)
In the event  that the bride and the bridegroom cannot give notice for 21 days then they shall be required to produce the following documents:-

  1. Identity card or Passport
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Affidavit  (in case of single person) or,
    Death Certificate (in case of widowed person) or,
    Divorce decree absolute (in case of divorced person).
  4. A document to show proof that you do not have time to give 21 days notice.

C)      MARRIAGE BETWEEN KENYAN & FOREIGNER ( NON KENYAN) 

Kenyan:

  1. Identity Card or Passport
  2. Birth Certificate.
  3. Affidavit (in case of single person) or,
    Death Certificate (in case of widowed person) or,
    Divorce decree absolute (in case of divorced person).

Non Kenyan:

  1. Passport with valid entry visa or alen ID card
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Certificate of no impediment to marriage (in the case of single person) or,
    Death Certificate (in case of widowed person) or,
    Divorce decree absolute (in case of divorced person).
  4. A document to show that it is urgent for allocation of date on priority basis.

D)     MARRIAGE BETWEEN  NON – KENYAN & NON – KENYAN

  1. Passport with valid entry visa or alen ID card.
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Certificate of no impediment to marriage (in the case of single person) or,
    Death Certificate (in case of widowed person) or,
    Divorce decree absolute (in case of divorced person).
  4. A document to show that it is urgent for allocation of date on priority basis.

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