How do you find records of Kenyan birth certificates?


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Records of Kenyan birth certificates are found at the country's immigration offices. The records are safeguarded under the department of immigration and registration of persons, which is under Kenya's Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, according to KenyaLaw.org.

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The constitution of the Republic of Kenya recognizes the registration of all births as a basic right for every citizen. It is through registration that every newborn child acquires Kenyan citizenship at birth. The task of registration of the child is bestowed on the parent or the guardian. Registration documents are found at the Attorney General's office at Sheria House in the capital city, Nairobi, or from other administrative offices across the nation, says HapaKenya.com.

A birth certificate is a very important document in Kenya. It is a requirement during application for travel documents, such as passports and visas. It is also required during the application for a national identity card when a child attains the age of 18. Very recently, birth certificates have become a requirement for registration of final exams for the primary and secondary level of education. According to KenyaLaw.org, the government keeps these records in order to keep track of its demographic database and also for effective planning of national resources.

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