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Getting a Birth Certificate in Kenya –Part 2


So, last Friday I returned to the Dept of Civil Registration offices to continue with the process of getting the birth certificate for my son Ello, who is now 7 months old. I had been told to return for step 2 sometime in September, but I’ve been caught up in too many other things and only had time to go back last week. Incase you missed it, you can click on this link Getting a Birth Certificate in Kenya – Part 1 where I gave my account of the first step in this process.

So, I checked in there at 2.15pm. And with the slip I had been given the last time, I went over to enquire from the customer care desk where I should take it. I was directed to Counter number 1.

At Counter number 1, I presented the slip to one of the attendants (they are always dressed in white labcoats), and about a minute later, she handed me some forms – which she then told me to take to Counter number 8.

Counter number 8 had cash points A, B and C. Only cashiers A and B were working. Both queues had about 10 people waiting to be served, so I stood behind the last person in the queue that appeared to be moving faster.

After about 15 – 20 minutes, it was my turn to be served. I presented the forms I had been given at Counter number 1, and I also handed the cashier 90 shillings. I was then issued with a receipt and asked to return two weeks later.

And that was all. :)

I walked out of the place at 2.44pm. The process had taken me about 29 minutes.

Next time I return, I will sure keep you posted in part 3.

Update: Part 3.

I did not return after two weeks because I got caught up in many mother things. I eventually went after about a month. On the day I went, I just went and presented the receipt I had been earlier given, and this was immediately traded with my son’s birth certificate.:) Yep, just like that! It actually took me less than five minutes and with no hustle at all.

So that was my experience in getting my second son’s birth certificate. It’s not much trouble, really. If you’re like me who prefers undertaking such important matters myself, then just dedicate some bit of your time and you’re good to go. All the best.

photo: jill craig/voa



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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


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