A certificate of good conduct is a document issued by the Kenya Police Service to an individual indicating that the particular Kenyan holder has been searched in the criminal records of Kenya, and no criminal record has been traced. That said let us find out more about where and how a citizen of Kenya can get a certificate of good conduct.
Who can be given a certificate
A certificate of good conduct is issued to citizens and aliens residing in Kenya. However, the applicant must meet these basic conditions:
- lack of any criminal records. The fingerprints of the applicant are run through the criminal records system. In cases no match is found, the person will be issued a certificate.
- AA person who is above 18 years of age
- A person must have a second-generation national ID and a clear photocopy of the national ID.
- A child or a person below 18 years of age must have an original birth certificate and a clear copy of the birth certificate.
- Payment of shs. 1,000 to a cashier at CID offices.
Where is the certificate issued in Kenya?
The good conduct certificate is issued by the Criminal Investigation Department in Kenya.
For dwellers of Nairobi, it is obtained from the CID headquarters located along Kiambu Road in the Karura area.
Other persons in other parts of Kenya, outside Nairobi, can obtain their certificate of conduct from the Divisional CID offices in their regions. They must obtain the official receipt for the amount paid at the Divisional CID offices. Also, they will need to present a clear photocopy of their national ID. Their fingerprints will then be taken. These will form the documents together with a cover letter that are forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters.
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What does a certificate of good conduct mean?
It means that the particular Kenyan holder has been searched in the criminal records of Kenya, and no criminal record has been traced. The validity of the certificate is based on the information available at the date of issuance of the certificate.
Some employers in Kenya may require a job candidate to provide a valid certificate that is not more than three years old.
How long does take to get the good conduct certificate
A certificate of good conduct in all parts of Kenya takes one to two weeks to be provided to a person who has applied.