Kenya Police Certificate of Good Conduct for Nationals Abroad

by | Apr 5, 2016 | Kenya Government, Legal | 0 comments

If you live abroad and are unable to travel to Kenya to apply for a Police Certificate of Good Conduct, also known as a Police Clearance Certificate, the following is the procedure.

Have your Fingerprints Taken for Good Conduct Certificate

To facilitate a search into the records of those applying for a certificate of good conduct, the Kenyan police will require your fingerprints to be taken by the police authorities in your country of residence

at the time of application. The fingerprints must be taken either by the police or by a notary/lawyer (bearing an official stamp). Photocopied prints or prints used in previous years are not acceptable.

If the police authorities in your country of residence question why they need to take your fingerprints, the Kenyan Embassy/High Commission can provide an attestation confirming why they are required.

Documents Needed for Police Certificate of Good Conduct 

Complete set of fingerprints and palm prints (form to be obtained at the Kenyan Embassy)

The following original documents, so that duly certified copies can be produced:

  • if the applicant is over 18 years old: 
    • Second generation Kenyan ID card (please note Kenyan passports are not accepted); 
    • if the applicant was never issued with an ID card, he/she must provide proof of having left Kenya before reaching the age of 18, and must present his/her birth certificate (original or certified copy) and Kenyan passport;
  • if the applicant is younger than 18: 
    • birth certificate and/or Kenyan passport;
  • Application letter; 
  • Duly completed “biographic details” form (download from the website or
    obtain at the Embassy); 
  • A fee of Kes 1,000 or its equivalent in the country of residence and obtain the official Receipt from the nearest Kenyan mission/embassy or submit a cheque payable to “Director of Criminal Investigation” at Nairobi, Kenya.

The application consisting of the original payment receipt/cheque, clear copy of Kenyan Identity Card (or certified copies by competent authorities of both passport and birth certificate where applicable) and fingerprints must be forwarded officially with a covering letter to CID Headquarters-Nairobi through post or runner.

The postal address for ordinary mail is:

Directorate of Criminal Investigation,

P.O. Box 30036 – 00100 Nairobi,


For courier use:

Directorate of Criminal Investigation,

Kiambu Road,

Opposite Forestry Department Headquarters, Karura,



Please a list of all Kenyan Embassies and consulates around the world.


Directorate of Criminal Investigations

Kenyan Embassy in Brussels

Tips and Warnings

  • Take note the certificate can take up to three months to be issued.

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