How to Apply for a Death Certificate – Kenya

Application for a death certificate can be completed at any Civil Registration office or Huduma Centre across the country.

Those eligible to apply include relatives of the deceased, insurance companies, employers, or estate administrators.

To apply, you’ll need the following documents:

  1. Burial permit or notification of death
  2. Form D4 (applications for death certificate) duly completed
  3. Knowledge of date of death where burial permit or notification of death is missing
  4. The deceased’s national identity card

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Nairobi:

If someone passes away in Nairobi, the process for obtaining a death certificate can be completed through e-citizen as follows:

  1. Log in to your e-citizen account or register if you haven’t already.
  2. Navigate to the civil registration portal.
  3. Choose the option for applying for a death certificate.
  4. Provide the necessary information, including the place of death, burial permit number, and details of the deceased.
  5. Select the preferred pick-up location from the available options.
  6. Pay the applicable fee.
  7. Once the death certificate is ready, you will receive a notification.
  8. Collect the certificate from the chosen office and submit the deceased’s ID card.

Required documents include a scanned copy of the burial permit and, if the deceased was over 18 years old, scanned copies of their identification documents such as a national ID, alien ID, or passport.

Alternatively, individuals can visit the Registrar of Deaths in ACK Bishop House or Hass Plaza to complete an application form. When collecting the death certificate, surrendering the deceased’s ID is mandatory.

Outside Nairobi:

For deaths occurring outside Nairobi, individuals can apply for a death certificate by completing an application form at the County Commissioner’s Office.

Along with the form, submit a copy of the burial permit and the deceased’s identification documents. Similarly, upon collection of the death certificate, surrendering the deceased’s ID is necessary.

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Outside Kenya:

If a Kenyan citizen passes away abroad, it is possible to notify the Registrar and apply for a death certificate according to Section 16 of the Births and Deaths Registrations Act. 

This involves completing an application form at any Civil Registration Office and presenting the death certificate issued in the country where the death occurred.

How to Apply for a Death Certificate – Kenya

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