Kenya Document Attestation

Certify documents issued in Kenya for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in Kenya for international use

Legalize documents issued in Kenya, including Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates, Islamic Marriage and Divorce Certificates, University Diplomas and Academic Certificates, Police Clearance Certificates, court documents, trade documents, powers of attorney, and Certificates of no Impediment to Marriage.

Kenyan documents required for submission abroad are legalized by the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs and then attested by the embassy of the recipient country in Nairobi. Kenya is not a member of the Apostille Convention and does not issue Apostille Stamps. This means that Kenyan documents generally require an embassy stamp to be valid abroad.

  • Isarey offers expedited document legalization services in Kenya. Legalization at the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs takes 2-3 business days (the time needed for embassy attestation varies by embassy, and can take from a few days to a few weeks depending on the destination country and the availability of appointments).
  • We work with all major High Commissions and Embassies in Nairobi, including the embassies of Spain, Italy, Germany, France, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
  • We can obtain certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates from Nairobi, Mombasa and across Kenya.
  • We can obtain Police Clearance Certificates in Kenya for overseas clients.
  • We arrange certified translations in Kenya in accordance with embassy requirements (e.g. to Spanish, Italian, French).

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Kenyan Documents that can be legalized

  • Legalize Kenyan birth certificates, death and marriage certificates

    Birth, death and marriage certificates

    Legalize Kenyan birth death and marriage certificates at the Ministry of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs and at foreign embassies in Nairobi. Certificates must be issued by the Registrar of Births/Deaths or Marriages. Islamic Marriage Certificates must be certified and stamped by the Chief Kadhi’s Chambers in Mombasa or Deputy Chief Kadhi in Nairobi.
    Isarey can obtain certified copies of birth death and marriage certificates locally in Kenya for overseas clients requiring legalization. Please contact us for assistance.
  • Police Clearance Certificates

    Legalize Kenyan Police Clearance Certificates at the Ministry of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs and foreign embassies in Nairobi. Certificates are issued by the Apply for a Kenyan Police Clearance Certificate (Kenyan and foreign nationals currently resident in Kenya) Directorate of Criminal InvestigationsExternal link (opens in new tab)
    Isarey can obtain Police Clearance Certificates in Kenya for overseas clients who need it attested for use abroad. Please contact us for assistance and details of required supporting documentation.
  • Kenyan Education Certificates

    Attest Kenyan University degree certificates and other types of academic and professional qualifications awarded in Kenya.
  • Notarized Documents

    Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, certified passport copies, contracts and other private documents certified by a notary in Kenya.
  • Incorporation Documents

    Certify Kenyan corporate documents including certificates of incorporation, certificates of good standing, articles of association, board resolutions for use abroad.
  • Trade documents

    Attest Kenyan certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents
  • Trade Document

    Trade documents must be certified and stamped by Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry or the Joint Arab-Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Isarey provides document attestation services in Kenya to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying Kenyan documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in Kenya

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize Kenyan Documents

Kenyan documents can be certified for cross-border use through legalization

Consular Legalization

Legalization is a procedure used when a Kenyan document needs to be certified for official use abroad. Each document requires a double certification: first by the authorities of Kenya and secondly by the authorities of the country where the documents will be used (the receiving country). This second certification, which is generally provided by the embassy or consulate representing the receiving country in Kenya, confirms the first certification and so validates the document for official use in the receiving country.

Certified Translation

Where Kenyan documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

Kenya Document Resources

External resources and news about Kenyan documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

Kenya Document Resources
Criminal Record Certificates
Police Clearance Certificates
Police Clearance Certificates
Foreign citizens currently outside Kenya requiring a Kenyan Police Clearance Certificate will need to provide a set of fingerprints and a certified copy of their passport showing at least six months residence.
Kenyan and foreign nationals currently resident in Kenya can apply online: Apply for a Kenyan Police Clearance Certificate (Kenyan and foreign nationals currently resident in Kenya) Directorate of Criminal InvestigationsExternal link (opens in new tab)
Kenya Document News
How To Apply For A Certificate Of Good Conduct On e-Citizen In Kenya
A certificate of good conduct, also known as a police clearance certificate, is a document that verifies an individual's clean criminal record.

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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For further information on confidentiality in our handling of document content please see:
Confidentiality (Client Content)