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A Kenyan Wedding: What to Expect (Legal Details)

Ordinary License

For a marriage to be solemnized, a 21-day legal notice must have passed.

The marriage ceremony method is filing a “Notice of Marriage” form with the Registrar of Marriages (available at the Registrar’s office) and waiting twenty-one days for any objections to the intended marriage to be lodged. Kshs.600.00 is the filing fee for this notification (subject to change).

The couple completes an affidavit as directed by the Registrar of Marriages, who also commissions the affidavit and completes a Marriage Certificate form after the twenty-one days have passed with no objections. This service costs Kshs.2,700.00 (subject to change) and includes the marriage solemnization ceremony. A wedding date is set at this point.

The following is a breakdown of the Kshs.2,700.00 (subject to change):

  • Kshs.2,000.00 for the ceremony
  • Commissioning – Kshs.200.00
  • Marriage Certificate – Kshs.500.00

Special License

Waiver of the legal notice period of 21 days.

Kshs.7,000.00 is the license charge (subject to change). The payments for a marriage solemnized under a special license will likewise include the fees listed above for a marriage solemnized under an ordinary license.

Marriages performed by a Registrar of Marriages outside of the Registrar’s office

The Registrar of Marriages charges a fee of Kshs.16,700.00 (subject to change) and requires an application for a license. The Registrar’s office will provide you with additional fees.

Marriages performed by a licensed clergyperson outside of a church

The Registrar of Marriages charges a fee of Kshs.14,200.00 (subject to change) and requires an application for a license. The church will cover any further fees.

In addition to marriages, the Registrar of Marriages offers a number of other services.

  • Guidance for people who want their marriages to be solemnized under one of the various marriage regimes listed in the Marriage Act 4 of 2014, notably Islamic, Hindu, or Customary marriages.
  • Kenya recognizes international marriages as civil marriages.
  • Civil marriages are celebrated at Kenyan High Commissions and Consulates around the world.
  • To marriage, “Certificates of No Impediment” are issued.
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Hours of operation:

Monday -Friday: 9am and 3pm

The Registrar of Marriages in Nairobi, Kenya can be reached at:

If you want to get married in a portion of Kenya other than Nairobi, you need go to the Registrar of Marriages office in Nairobi for more information.

The Attorney General’s office also has Registrar of Marriages offices in key cities throughout Kenya.

Registrar of Marriages, Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Justice, Sheria House, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi

Telephone number: +254 020 222 7461/62

Website: Office of The Attorney General of Kenya 

P. O. Box 40112-00100, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi.

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