New Law; How, Where And Why You Will Be Required To Notify The Gov’t When Ready To Marry


Attorney General Githu Muigai has notified all couples married under customary law that as of August 1, they will be required to register their marriages.

In a gazette publication screenshot that has been doing rounds on social media, the new law also dictates that those already married under customary laws must register their marriage and obtain a certificate from the Registrar of Marriages


Parties who wish to contract customary marriage will also be required to obtain prior authorisation from the Office of the Registrar of Marriages from the same date.

A marriage certificate shall thereafter be issued to successful applicants.

“It is notified for public information following the commencement of the Marriage (Customary Marriage) Rules, 2017, and in furtherance of section 96 of the Marriage Act, 2014,” the gazette notice reads

Below is the publication currently doing rounds on social media