Consular services include:
- Registration of Kenyans
- Translation and authentication of documents by the High Commission.
- Assistance to Kenyans in distress [arrest & detention]
- Application for birth certificates for children born abroad, or for duplicates of a lost birth certificate.
- Application for certificates of good conduct
- Requirements for non-Kenyans wishing to conduct a marriage ceremony in Kenya
- Kenyan driving licenses
- Application for certificate of “no impediment to marriage”
- Marriage Registration Form in Kenya
- Dual Citizenship
- Authentication of documents issued by the Kenyan government
- Issuing of letters confirming nationality (Upon presentation of valid Kenyan passport, valid Kenyan ID card and birth certificate)
1. Registration of Kenyans
Consular services to Kenyans residing in Malaysia or visiting can be offered more efficiently if registration with the High Commission is done promptly upon arrival in Malaysia. Those who are not registered are therefore required to do so immediately they visit the High Commission. Registration can also be done on-line.
Click here to Register as a Kenyan in Malaysia. 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 filling out the form. In addition, please print the form on a single sheet of paper. Remember to provide your telephone contacts and e-mail address for faster communication.
It is always advisable to include copies of the relevant pages of your own and your family’s Kenyan passports. 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.
2. Translation and authentication of documents by the High Commission
The Kenyan High Commission translates and authenticates official Government of Kenya’s documents at a cost of RM 120 per copy, and the process takes at least two working days between the time of submission and collection. For documents originating from Malaysia and meant for use in Kenya, must first be translated, certified and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and then brought to the High Commission for authentication.
3. Assistance to Kenyans in distress
Kenyans residing or visiting Malaysia 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 Embassy in case of any eventualities.
If for any reason you are arrested and/or 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 for the High Commission, and your next of kin, will learn about 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 Malaysia 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.
4. Birth certificate for a Kenyan child born in Malaysia.
Download application for registration of births.
Kindly print the form on a single sheet of paper. (both sides)
- Birth registration form (download from the website or obtain at the High Commission).
- Copies of relevant pages of parents’ passports and birth certificates, duly certified by the High Commission.
- Parents Marriage Certificate
- Copy of child’s Malaysian birth certificate (translated, certified and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
- Authentication fee – RM 100.
- Processing fee – RM 50.
Application for Duplicate birth certificate.
- Photocopy of original birth certificate.
- Statement explaining loss of original.
- Parents’ passport copies or ID cards
- RM 50 processing fee.
Duplicate birth certificate issued to foreigners born in Kenya.
- Written statement explaining when and the place of birth in Kenya as well as the circumstances under which it got lost.
- Birth notification slip issued by hospital (for original), or photocopy of original birth certificate (for duplicate).
- Copies of parents’ passports
- Statement explaining reasons for application.
- RM 50 processing fee.
Birth certificates are issued by:
Principal Civil Registrar
Department of Civil registration
P.O. Box 49179
5. Certificates of Good Conduct:
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 finger prints 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 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 search fee of RM 90 is payable 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 Good Conduct for those living abroad
1. Kenyan citizens:
- A complete set of finger prints and palm prints
- If the applicant is over 18 years of age, a clear photocopy 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 a certified copy of the birth certificate and of the Kenyan passport);
- If the applicant is below 18 years, a certified copy of the birth certificate and/or Kenyan passport;
- An application letter;
- Attach a fee of RM 90 cash to be paid at the High Commission or for those sending the application directly to Nairobi enclose a banker’s cheque of Kshs 1,000.00 payable to the Director of Criminal Investigation Department, P.O. Box 30036, Nairobi.
2. Non-Kenyan citizens:
- A complete set of fingerprints and palm prints;
- A certified photocopy of the applicant’s passport;
- Documentary proof that the applicant ever resided in Kenya for three months or more;
- If the applicant is below 18 years, a certified copy of the birth certificate;
- An application letter;
- Attach a fee of RM 80 cash to be paid at the High Commission or for those sending application directly to Nairobi, enclose a banker’s cheque of Kshs 1,000.00 payable to the Director of Criminal Investigation Department, P.O. Box 30036, Nairobi;
- Those applicants who happen to be in Kenya should endeavour to apply in person at CID Headquarters in Nairobi.
NOTE: Finger prints not taken on the prescribed form and without police endorsement seal or stamp are not accepted for processing by the Kenyan police.
6. Requirements for non-Kenyans wishing to conduct a marriage ceremony in Kenya
Non-Kenyan parties wishing to conduct a marriage ceremony in Kenya are required to produce the following documents:
- Birth certificates
- Valid passports
- Decree Absolutes (if divorced)
- Death certificate (if widowed)
- Statutory declarations or family register from city Office stating the fact that one is single and free to marry. This should bear the city hall seal and official stamp.
- Parental consent in the form of a legal document, for persons below twenty-one (21) years of age.
- Residency in the country for twenty-one days. If this is not possible, a special license should be obtained beforehand by contacting the Registrar’s Office in Kenya.
- All documents must be seen and stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and legalized or authenticated by this High Commission.
The contact addresses for the Registrar’s Offices in Nairobi and Mombasa are:
The Registrar of Marriages
Department of the Registrar-General
PO Box 30031-00100
Senior Assistant Registrar General
PO Box 80366
7. Kenyan driving licenses
Kenyan driving licenses may only be renewed and verified by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, who are the issuing authority and can be contacted at the following address:
Registrar of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 30160
Kenyans, who are in possession of a valid Kenyan driving licence and wish to obtain a Malaysian one, must have the Kenyan drivers’ license translated into Malaysian at the High Commission and must be valid before taking both the theoretical and practical driving test in a Malaysian driving examination center.
8. Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
Issued, upon request by the Malaysian authorities, to Kenyans who wish to marry in Malaysia to show that they are legally free to marry. In order to apply for the certificate through the High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, the following are required:
- Valid Kenyan passport with copies for certification.
- Passport copies of the spouse to be.
- Application letter.
- Application form, which can be downloaded from the website or obtained at the High Commission.
- Payment of RM 375 fee.
- Copy of birth certificate
- The certificate can also be applied for directly from the
Registrar of Marriages
Department of the Registrar-General
P.O. Box 30031-00100
9. Marriage Registration Form in Kenya
The following are requirements for application of Marriage Registration in Kenya.
- Duly completed marriage registration form
- Original Malaysian Marriage Certificate (translated, certified and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
- Copies of passports
- Birth Certificate
- Copy of Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
- Fee RM 15
10. Dual Citizenship
According to the Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act of 2011, the Dual Citizenship is permissible in Kenya.
Kindly visit the Department of Immigration Services’ website at http://www.immigration.go.ke for details on the dual citizenship.