Registration of Marriage by Special License

(S. 33 of the Marriage Act, 2014)

The Registrar of Marriages may dispense with notice requirement under the Marriage Act, 2014 where there is sufficient reason to do so supported by requisite documents. The license is issued at the discretion of the Registrar who must confirm that:

  • Neither party is within a prohibited relationship;
  • Neither party is below the minimum age for marriage; and
  • Neither party is married to another person

 

A special license applies to Civil, Christian and Hindu marriages where:

  1. One or both parties are foreign nationals
  2. The marriage is taking place outside a gazzeted location for example a garden wedding, hotel among others
  • A Civil marriage by Special License is conducted within Fourteen (14) days from the date of approval
  • Special License for Christian and Hindu marriages are issued within three (3) days from the date of approval
  • Both applicants must be resident in Kenya for a period of at least seven (7) days preceding the application
Special License for Christian and Hindu Marriages:

Fill online application form

Attach:

  • Copy of National Identity Card or valid Passport or Valid Alien Card for refugees
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Coloured passport-size photo –one for each applicant

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • Submit sworn affidavit to state marital status (swear separate affidavits if not married or joint affidavit if married under customary law)
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A sworn affidavit to confirm marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years’ old

Copy of license of the Minister of Faith

Provide serial number of the marriage book to be used

After submission of the application, both parties to book an appointment on the online platform and appear before the Registrar of marriages and submit original documents for verification and interview.

Upon successful completion of the interview, parties to pay a fee of Kshs 7,200/= on the online platform if wedding is to be conducted at a licensed place of worship or a fee of Kshs 14,200/= if wedding is to conducted outside of a licensed place of worship

Kenyan national

Fill online application form

Attach:

  • Copy of National Identity Card or valid Passport or Valid Alien Card for refugees
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Coloured passport-size photo – one of each applicant

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • Submit sworn affidavit to state marital status (swear separate affidavits if not married or joint affidavit if married under customary law)
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A sworn affidavit to confirm marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years’ old

 

      Foreign national

Create a visitors E-citizen account

Fill an online application form

Attach:

  • Copy of valid Passport
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • 1 Coloured passport-size photo

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage indicating the current marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years old.

Air ticket and visa or work permit for those working in the country

Copy of license of the Minister of Faith

Provide serial number of the marriage book to be used

After submission of the application, both parties will be required to book an appointment on the online platform and appear before the Registrar of marriages and submit original documents for verification and interview

Upon successful completion of the interview, parties will be required to pay a fee of Kshs 7,200/= on the online platform if the wedding is to be conducted at a licensed place of worship or Kshs 14,200/= if wedding is to conducted outside of a licensed place of worship

Create a Visitors E-citizen account

Fill an online application form

Attach:

  • Copy of valid Passport
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • 1 Coloured passport-size photo

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage indicating the current marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years old.
  • Air ticket and visa or work permit for those working in the country

Copy of license of the Minister of Faith

Provide serial number of the marriage book to be used

After submission of the application, both parties to book an appointment on the online platform and appear before the Registrar and submit original documents for verification and interview.

Upon successful completion of the interview, parties will be required to pay a fee of Kshs 7,200/= if wedding is to be conducted at a licensed place of worship or a fee of Kshs 14,200/= if wedding is to conducted outside of a licensed place of worship

Special license for Civil Marriages

Fill the online application form

Attach:

  • Copy of National Identity Card or valid Passport or valid Alien Card for refugees
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Coloured passport-size photo – one for each Applicant

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • Submit sworn affidavit to state marital status (swear separate affidavits if not married or joint affidavit if married under customary law)
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A sworn affidavit to confirm marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years’ old

After submission of the application, both parties will be required to book an appointment on the online platform and appear before the Registrar for submission of original documents and interview

Upon successful completion of the interview, parties will be required to pay a fee of Kshs 9700/=on the online platform if the wedding is to take place at the Registrar’s office or a fee Kshs 16,700/= if wedding is to be conducted at a venue outside of the Registrar’s Office

Issuance of date of marriage upon payment

Requirements for the Kenyan national

Fill the online application form

Attach:

  • Copy of National Identity Card / valid Passport or Valid Alien Card for refugees
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Coloured passport-size photo – one of each applicant

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • Submit sworn affidavit to state marital status (swear separate affidavits if not married or joint affidavit if married under customary law)
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A sworn affidavit to confirm marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years’ old

Requirements for the foreign national

Create a Visitors E-citizen account

Fill an online application form

Attach:

  • Copy of valid Passport
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • 1 Coloured passport-size photo

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage indicating the current marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years old.

Air ticket and visa or work permit for those working in the country

After submission of the application, both parties to book an appointment on the online platform and appear before the Registrar and submission of original documents verification and interview.

Upon successful completion of the interview, parties will be required to pay a fee of Kshs 9700/= on the online platform if the wedding is to take place at the Registrar’s Office or a fee of Kshs 16,700/= if wedding is to be conducted at a venue outside of the Registrar’s office

Parties to book the date of solemnization of marriage upon payment

Create a visitors E-citizen account

Fill an online application form

Attach:

  • Copies of valid Passports
  • Copies of Birth Certificates
  • 1 Coloured passport-size photo

Proof of no other existing marriage through:

  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
  • Copy of Death Certificate (if widow or widower)
  • Copy of Divorce Decree Absolute (If the partner had been married before and divorced)
  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage indicating the current marital status in the event that the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate is more than 2 years’ old
  • Air ticket and visa or work permit for those working in the country

After submission of the application, both parties are required to book an appointment on the online platform and appear before the Registrar for submission of original documents and interview

Upon successful completion of the interview, parties are required to pay a fee of Kshs 9700/= on the online platform if the wedding is to take place at the Registrar’s office or a fee of Kshs 16,700/= if wedding will be conducted at a venue outside of the Registrar’s office

Parties to book the date of solemnization of marriage upon payment