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An application can only be made by persons who qualify for citizenship by descent. Chapter VI Section 90 of the constitution of Kenya states that:

“A person born outside Kenya after 11th December 1963 shall become a citizen of Kenya at the date of his / her birth if at that date his / her father is a citizen of Kenya”

We require the following documents to process the birth certificate of Kenyan citizens born abroad.

  • Two (2) application forms (BDA) duly filled
  • Copy of the fathers passport
  • Copy of mothers passport
  • Notification of Birth issued by the civil authorities or the hospital (Accompanied by two copies translated into English)
  • Two (2) copies of marriage certificate translated into English or international marriage certificate (if legally married)
  • Processing fee US$15.00 or equivalent in Qatari riyal

Processing: May take 3 months or more

Further details may be obtained from:

The Office of the Principal Civil Registrar
PO Box 49179 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 227461