How to get your passport application witnessed
Witnessing in Kenya
- Identification (Section 9 of your application form)
- Consent of parent/guardians (Section 7 of your application form)
- Lost, stolen or damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form)
A member of one of the professions listed below can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identity and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for more proof of identification - this is at their discretion.
- Member of clergy
- Medical doctor
- Bank manager/assistant bank manager
- Elected public representative
- Notary public/commissioner for oaths
- Peace commissioner
- School principal/vice principal
- Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form.
The witness must:
- Complete Section 9 of the form, including a work landline phone number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
- Insert the form number from Section 9 on the back of two of you four photos
- Sign and stamp the back of those two photos.
Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.
This is an additional requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent must be witnessed.
The only exception to this is if the applicant is married.
- Fill in and sign the relevant part of Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a listed witness
- Find out what to do if both parents/guardians are unable to sign Section 7
- This is the same witness list as the Section 9 identification requirement.
The witness must:
- Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work telephone number - mobile telephone numbers are not acceptable.
- Sign each other column separately if they witness both parents/guardians' signatures.
If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:
- Report it immediately to your local Police and obtain a record of the loss (Police Report)
- Complete Section 6 of the application form, explaining how your previous passport was lost, stolen or damaged
- Have it witnessed and stamped by the same person who witnessed Section 9 of your application.
If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport.
Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.