Registration of Kenyans
Consular services to Kenyans residing in the 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.
Click here to Register as a Kenyan in the 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 completing the form. Remember to provide your telephone contacts and email address for faster communication.
It is always advisable to include copies of the relevant pages of your own and your family’s Kenyan passport (for minors). 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.
Application To Regain Kenya Citizenship
NOTE: Regaining Kenya citizenship is done by those who acquired citizenship of other countries before 27th August 2010.
- Fill form 5 (in duplicate)
- Two Copies of expired Kenya passport and/or Identity Card
- Two Copies of the other country’s passport
- Two Copies of Registration/Naturalisation certificate from the other Country
- For those who are citizen of the other country by birth, attach birth certificate copy
- 2 passport size photos
Issuance of Kenya National Identity Cards (IDs)
The Kenya High Commission was gazetted as a registration office in 2011.
- All Kenyans who attain the age of 18 years are eligible to the issuance of Identity Cards.
- Kenyans who acquire citizenship by registration are also entitled to issuance of Identity Cards.
- Applicants to appear in person on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9.30 am and 12.00 noon
- To bring two passport size photographs ( UK standard) on a white background.
First time applicants are required to produce:
- Original and photocopy of Birth Certificate
- Original and photocopy of valid Kenya Passport
- A copy of parents’ Kenya Identity Card
- A copy of parent’s Birth Certificate
- Two passport size photographs
Replacement/Duplicate Identity cards
Change of particulars
This category is for married women who wish to adopt the names of their spouses on their Identity Cards.
Applicants will be required to support the marriage by production of the following documents:
- Copy of applicant’s ID
- Marriage Certificate
- Identity Card or passport of the spouse
- The presence of the couple will be required at the registration office (Mission) for purposes of signing of the Change of Particulars Form (Reg. 105)
- Two passport size photographs
- Fees payable is £30.00
- Identity Card Registration is done on:
Mondays and Tu esdays : 9.30am – 12.00 noon
- Collection of Identity Cards is on:Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
9.30am – 12.00 noon AND 2.00-3.30 PM
Further inquiries can be directed to:
The Director,National Registration Bureau
NSSF Complex, Block B
P.O. Box 57007
TEL.: +254 – 20-2722526, 2720142
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 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 through which the High Commission, and your next of kin, will be informed of 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 the 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.
Children Born Abroad
As Per the Kenya constitution(2010), a Child born abroad to a Kenyan Parent is granted automatic citizenship .Such a child is entitled to;
A Kenyan passport and any document of registration or identification issued by the state to its citizens.
Application for birth certificates for children born abroad
- Download and fill Form BDA1
- Attach 2 Copies of relevant pages of parents’ passports and birth certificates, duly certified by the High Commission.
- A copy of child’s British birth certific ate (certified by the High Commission).
- Processing fee of £5.00
Application for Duplicate Lost Birth/Death Certificate.
To obtain a duplicate birth/death certificate,A general search form must be filled and sent to the Mission
- Dully filled application form
- Photocopy of original birth certificate/death certificate
- Copy of notification of Birth (ABN) or
- A copy of burial permit (BP) or
- A copy of search form
- £5.00 processing fee
Further inquiries can be directed to;
Certificates of Police Clearance:
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 a 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 required search fee of £10.00 paid by Postal Order 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 Police Clearance for those living abroad
- A complete set of fingerprints and palm prints
- If the applicant is over 18 years of age, two clear photocopies 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 two certified copies of the birth certificate and of the Kenyan passport);
- If the applicant is below 18 years, two certified copies of the birth certificate and/or Kenyan passport;
- An application letter in duplicate
- Attach a fee of £10.00 Postal Order paid to the High Commission.If applying at the Mission, you may pay by debit card.
- A complete set of fingerprints and palm prints;
- Two certified photocopies of the applicant’s passport;
- Documentary proof in duplicate showing that the applicant ever resided in Kenya for three months or more;
- If the applicant is below 18 years, two certified copies of the birth certificate;
- An application letter in duplicate;
- Attach a fee of £10.00 Postal Order paid to the High Commission. If applying at the Mission, you may pay by debit card.
- Those applicants who happen to be in Kenya should endeavor to apply in person at CID Headquarters in Nairobi.
Certificate of Police Clearance application is done on Mondays and Tuesdays: 9.30am – 12.00 noon
NOTE: Fingerprints not taken on the prescribed form and without police endorsement seal or stamp are not accepted for processing by the Kenyan police.
Duplicate Marriage Certificate
For one to obtain a duplicate Marriage Certificate:
- Fill General Search for Marriage Certificate Form
- Attach copy of lost Marriage Certificate
- Postal order of £5 payable to Kenya High Commission
Processing time is 6 – 8 weeks
Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
The certificate is issued to Kenya citizens wishing to have their marriages,either to Kenyans or Foreigners performed abroad.
To apply for the certificate through the Kenya High Commission in London, the following are required;
- Valid Kenyan Passport and Birth certificate with copies for certification.
- Passport and Birth certificate copies of the spouse to be.(They must be certified by The High Commission)
- Application form, which can be downloaded from the website or obtained at the High Commission.
- Payment of £75.00
- Processing time is eight weeks
Further, Inquiries can be directed to;
Registrar of Marriages Department of the Registrar-General
P.O. Box 30031-00100
Senior Assistant Registrar-General
P.O Box 80366
According to the Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act of 2011, the Dual Citizenship is permissible in Kenya.
DECLARATION MADE BY A DUAL CITIZEN
Kenya citizens who have acquired other nationalities are required to disclose their other citizenship by filing Form 2 (Declaration Made By A Dual Citizen)
NOTE:Declaration of dual citizenship is done by;
- Those who acquired citizenship of other Countries after 27th August,2010
- Those who were aged 22 years and below on 27th August,2010
- Those who have regained Kenya citizenship
- Fill form 2(in duplicate)
- Kenya Passport copies (current or expired) and/or National Identity Card
- Two Copies of the other country’s Passport
- Two Copies of Registration/Naturalisation certificate from the other country
- For those who are citizen of the other country by birth attach two copies of the birth certificate
- Two Copies Passport size photographs
Children below the age of 18 years are exempted from declaring their dual citizenship.
Issuance Of Pet Import Licences
- A letter from the pet owner requesting for the pet licence
- Copy of Passport of pet owner
- Copy of pet Passport
- Evidence of up to date vaccinations against rabies and any infectious, contagious disease or parasites
- A clearance from a veterinary doctor that the pet is fit to travel
- A fee of £30.00 per pet.
Note:The pet licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and takes two working days to issue the licence upon submission of the documents.