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Registration Of Marriages


Who can apply?

A man and a woman who have consented to marry

How to Apply

a) Ordinance Marriage; Either or both couple to the intended marriage files a notice at the Registry

b) Customary Marriage; Either or both couple submits a formal application to the Registrar of Marriages for the purpose of registering the marriage

Processing Procedure

a) Ordinance Marriage

  1. Applicant files Notice of Marriage with the Registry (for 21 days) by providing personal data plus photo identity cards
  2. Applicant submits a Statutory Declaration, verifying fulfillment with specified statutory requirements in the Marriages Act, 1884-1985 (CAP 127)
  3. The Registrar’s Certificate is issued to the applicant after twenty-one (21) days (in the absence of a caveat/objection)
  4. Thereafter, the Marriage may be celebrated within 3 months from the date of the Notice of Marriage


b) Customary Marriage

  1. Apply to the Registrar of Marriages in the District in which the marriage was celebrated
  2. Statutory Declaration by Applicant and parents of couple
  3. Marriage is duly registered
  4. Notice of Registration of the Marriage is published on the Notice Board within Twenty-Eight (28) days from the date of registration
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