A Birth Certificate provides proof that one is a Kenyan and similarly is required by pupils and students applying to sit for their National Examinations. It is also useful when applying for a National Identification Card when one turns 18 and in the application for a Kenyan Passport when in need to travel out of the country
Application for birth Certificate can be done at any Huduma Centre countrywide or Civil Registration Department offices near you.
- The original and a copy of the birth notification – This is the pink slip that you get from the hospital where the child was delivered.
- A copy of the father’s ID
- A copy of the Mothers ID
Procedure of Applying for a Birth Certificate in Kenya
- Visit your district registrar of births and deaths’ Office and you’ll be given a form to fill. You can use the names in the birth notification or you can choose a different name for your child. Changing the name will cost you a few extra shillings.
- Attach this form with the copies of the IDs and the birth notifications.
- The information you’ve given is then verified and you are sent to the cash register to make the payment
- You’ll be given a receipt which you’ll use to collect the birth certificate.
- Birth certificate with no amendments – Ksh 60
- Birth certificate with amendments on the child’s names – Ksh 100
- Birth certificate with amendments on the parent’s names – Ksh 100
- Birth certificate with amendments on the child’s and parent’s names-Ksh 140
How long does it take to get a birth Certificate in Kenya?
It takes about 2 weeks.
Applying for a Birth Certificate in Kenya without Birth Notification
If you do not have a birth notification (In cases where the child is born at home or late registration) you need to start the process at the local sub-chief’s office. He will provide you with the necessary documentation.