In order to facilitate a search into the records of those applying for a certificate of good conduct, the Kenyan police will require the applicant’s fingerprints to be taken by the police authorities in the country of residence at the time of application and on a prescribed Kenya Police form. The finger prints must be taken at a police station and have an official endorsement with the police station seal or official stamp. Photocopied prints or prints used in previous years are not acceptable.

For foreigners, the Kenya police require documentary support for the period lived in Kenya stating also the immigration status by the time. This evidence can be in form of copies for residence permits, passport endorsements or copies of alien registration, letters from place of employment (appointment letters).

Fee of 50 USD is payable upon submission of application documents. Issue of certificates may take more than three months. If the applicant wishes to send the prints direct to the Criminal Investigation Department, return postage for the same is to be included.


Requirements for Certificate of Good Conduct for those living abroad

1. Kenyan citizens:

  • A complete set of finger prints and palm prints
  • If the applicant is over 18 years of age, a clear photocopy of the Kenyan second generation identity card. (If the applicant was never issued with the ID card, he/she must prove he/she left Kenya before reaching the age of 18 years and is yet to return, and must provide the Consulate with a certified copy of the birth certificate and of the Kenyan passport);
  • If the applicant is below 18 years, a certified copy of the birth certificate and/or Kenyan passport;
  • An application letter;

2. Non-Kenyan citizens:

  • A complete set of fingerprints and palm prints;
  • A certified photocopy of the applicant’s passport;
  • Documentary proof that the applicant ever resided in Kenya for three months or more;
  • If the applicant is below 18 years, a certified copy of the birth certificate;
  • An application letter;

NOTE: Finger prints not taken on the prescribed form and without police endorsement seal or stamp are not accepted for processing by the Kenyan police.