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How to Obtain Certificate of No Impediment Marriage / Single Status Certificate
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These are issued to Kenya citizens wishing to have their marriages, either to Kenya citizens or foreigners performed abroad. The certificate confirms that the applicant is single and has capacity to enter into a marriage.
Kenyans living abroad can approach the Kenyan mission abroad in the country in which they are living in, to make the application of a certificate of no impediment to marriage. Certificates of No Impediment are issued to KENYAN CITIZENS wishing to have their marriages, either to Kenyan citizens or foreigners (Non-Kenyans) performed abroad. The Certificate conforms that the applicant is SINGLE and has the capacity to enter into marriage. Every Kenyan wishing to marry abroad has to apply for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage from the nearest Kenyan Mission.
You will be given an application for certificate of no Impediment to Marriage- Form No. 7 Impediment to Marriage- Form No. 7 http://www.kenyarep-jp.com/visa/form/NO_IMPEDIMENT_APPLICATION_F7.pdf to complete.
After completion of form 7, you are required to pay the application fees and attach the following documents for submission:
i. Two (2) photocopies of the applicant’s current Kenyan passport-pages 30-32 & the Bio-Data page (certified by a notary public).
ii. Application Letter requesting for a certificate of No impediment to marriage.
iii. Two (2) photocopies of Kenyan birth certificate (certified by a notary public).
iv. Two (2) photocopies of the Fiancée’s (spouse to be) passport (certified by a notary public).
v. Application fee of paid by Money Order or bank cheque payable to the Kenya High Commission, (if applying from abroad).
vi. If you were previously married, two photocopies of A Divorce Decree Absolute or the late spouse’s Death Certificate for divorced or widowed Kenyans (certified by a notary public). These must be in English & if not, a translation provided.
vii. A self-addressed registered post or express platinum post return envelope. (if applying from abroad)
Note: All photocopies must be certified by a notary public. Scanned documents will not be accepted.
The application is then forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General (State Law Office) in Nairobi, Kenya for processing. Though the following address
Office of the Attorney-General and the Department of Justice
P.O. Box 40112 - 00100
Marriages conducted without issuance of this Certificate will neither be recognized by the Mission nor by the Authorities in Kenya.
After one to three months of processing the certificate will be sent to the return address.
Two (2) photocopies of the applicant’s current Kenyan passport-pages 30-32 & the Bio-Data page (certified by a notary public).
Two (2) photocopies of Kenyan birth certificate (certified by a notary public).
Two (2) photocopies of the Fiancée’s (spouse to be) passport (certified by a notary public).
Application fee of paid by Money Order or bank cheque payable to the Kenya High Commission;( if applying from abroad)
If you were previously married, two photocopies of A Divorce Decree Absolute or the late spouse’s Death Certificate for divorced or widowed Kenyans (certified by a notary public). These must be in English & if not, a translation provided.
A self-addressed registered post or express platinum post return envelope. (if applying from abroad)
Office Locations & Contacts
Registrar of Marriages
Sheria house, Harambee Avenue,
P.O. Box 40112, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel No. +254-20- 2227461-9/ 2251355/ 0700-072929/ 0732- 529995
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org/ , email@example.com
Website: The Judicaiary http://www.statelaw.go.ke/
Office of the Attorney-General and the Department of Justice
P.O. Box 40112 - 00100 Nairobi
Telephone: +254 020 2227461 / 2251355
Fax: +254 020 213956.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Old Treasury Building, Harambee Avenue
P.O Box 30551 – 00100 G.P.O
Tel: +254 20 3318888
Website: Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.mfa.go.ke/
A citizen of Kenya intending to get married
A fee of Ksh. 5,000 is payable.
The certificate is valid for six months.
The certificate loses its validity when the holder gets married.
Documents to Use
Application for Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage- FORM NO. 7 : FORM NO. 7 http://www.kenyarep-jp.com/visa/form/NO_IMPEDIMENT_APPLICATION_F7.pdf
The processing time for a certificate is approximately one month or approximately 3 months if applying from abroad.
Kenya - Obtain Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (Single Status Certificate) - English
Applicants living abroad may channel their applications through Kenya's missions in their countries of residence. The fee is paid there and the form completed. The mission then forwards to the Registrar of Marriages in Nairobi, the receipt confirming payment, a duly completed form and an authenticated copy of the applicant's passport.
Where the applicant's home district is Nairobi, notice of the application is displayed for 10 days, giving anyone with an objection to the intended marriage opportunity to raise his or her objection. After 10 days, the certificate is prepared and collected by the applicant or forwarded to the mission through whom the certificate was applied.
Where the applicant's home district is not Nairobi, a letter is sent to the District Commissioner (DC) of the applicant's home district, requesting them to display the notice of the intended marriage on their notice board or do investigations through the Chief of the applicant's location on the marital status of the applicant.
The DC then writes to the registrar and, if no legal objection has been raised, the certificate is prepared in the usual way and dispatched through the usual channels.
Full names of applicant
Full name of intended spouse
Name of country of marriage
Address of applicant
Address of intended spouse
Confirmation of age of consent
Name of witness.
Sex of applicant
Last residence in Kenya
Need for the Document
These are issued to Kenya citizens wishing to have their marriages, either to Kenya citizens or foreigners performed abroad.
The certificate confirms that the applicant is single and has capacity to enter into a marriage.
Information which might help
The standard Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country. You may be required by the foreign authorities to comply with the following, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for processing.
a) Certificates may need to be translated.
b) Certificates may need to be endorsed or exchanged for a locally acceptable version issued by your Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will marry.
c) Certificates may need to be legalized
d) Certificates may require that witnesses swear an Affidavit stating that you are free to marry and that this is appended.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
In Kenya you are required to make such a declaration (or its equivalent) before a marriage license can be issued.
Marriage Requirements for a Marriage : Marriage Requirements for a Marriage
When planning to get married overseas it is common that the authorities in that country will request a Certificate of No Impediment. This document is a way of proving that there is no Impediment/Obstruction in allowing you to be married and shows that there has been no objection to your proposed marriage.
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