A birth certificate is a very important document for every person and comes into play when making various applications such as applying for a National ID, registering for KCSE and KCPE, applying for a passport and many more government applications. How to Register a birth in Kenya.
It is thus recommended to follow up on your child’s birth certificate to enable him or her to have a smooth sailing where this document is required. A child born in Kenya should be registered for a birth certificate immediately after birth or 6 months after.
One can do so at eCitizen Portal, at Huduma Centre or at the District Birth and Death Registries.
- For a child born in hospital:
- The parent(s) or designated guardian should obtain a birth notification card.
- The notification card should be presented to the district registrar of births and deaths, and this should be accompanied by the other information required. They should then proceed to fill form B1.
- For a child born at home, birth registration should be sought from the local Sub-Chiefs Office, who assists with the necessary documentation.
- Individuals seeking late registration of birth should provide as many identity documents as they have to show that indeed they are Kenyan Citizens. This information should be given to the district registrar of births and deaths.
- Notification Card or Doctor/Nurse Certificate
- Mothers Proof of Identity/National Identity Card
- Fathers proof of Identity/National Identity
- Proof of date of birth for late Registration (School Leaving certificate, Passport, National Identity Card, Notification of Birth, Baptismal Certificate)
- Register of birth form B1 or A1
Office Locations & Contacts
The Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons (MIRP)
Nyayo House 20th Floor
P.O Box 30395-00100,
The child or the individual seeking a birth certificate must be born in Kenya and one or both parents must be Kenyan citizen(s).
Birth Registration is free
- If the child is born in hospital, the parent(s) or the designated guardian should obtain a birth notification card that acknowledges the birth. The notification card is presented to the district registrar of births and deaths for the birth certificate to be processed.
- If the child is born at home, then registration can be done at the Sub-Chiefs office.
- Individuals older than 6 months can also obtain birth certificates but submitting notification cards, baptismal certificate, school leaving certificate, identity card or passport. As many of these documents are needed to validate their date of birth.
- Full Name of Child
- Childs Date of birth
- Exact place of Birth
- Full Name of Mother
- Full Name of Mother
- Postal Address of Child (For late Registration)
- Sex of the Child
- Fathers Identity Card No or Childs Identity Card No ( For Late Registration)
- Childs Ethnic Group
- Type and nature of birth
Need for the Document
For children born in Kenya, the process of obtaining a birth certificate should start immediately after birth or within six months. Usually, the process is conducted by the childs parents or guardians. Registration should be done even if the child dies at birth. However, individuals who failed to obtain the certificate at birth can still get it by following a special procedure.
Information which might help
Kenyans in born in foreign countries should check with their Kenyan embassies in their respective countries if they want to apply for a late birth registration
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
A birth certificate is required to provide proof of identity when registering for a National Identity Card, KCPE and KCSE exams, and when processing a Passport.
Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons
http://www.mirp.go.ke/ Registration of a late Birth
Application of Registration of Birth Occurring Abroad
Disclaimer: This article is meant for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for Government advice. Consult Huduma Centre or eCitizen before making any decision with regards to applying or replacing a birth certificate. Contact eCitizen or Huduma Centre.
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