A Guide to Registering NGOs in Kenya


Pre-Registration: Name Search

  1. To reserve a name, complete Form 2 (F-2).
  2. Propose three names in order of priority for the organization.
  3. Pay a processing fee.
  4. Once a name is approved, it is reserved for 60 days.
  5. You can renew the reservation for an additional 60 days upon payment of an extra payment.


After conducting a name search and reserving a name, follow these registration requirements:

  1. Reserve the name by filling out Form 2.
  2. Complete the original Form 1 with information on:
    • Contact details of the proposed organization
    • Details of the top 3 officials
    • Charitable objectives of the organization
    • List of other board members
  3. Provide the organization’s contact person by filling out Form 1.
  4. Obtain Form 1 and Form 3.
  5. Submit two colored passport-size photographs (2 by 2 inches) of the proposed 3 officials and two other board members, with their names and organization written on the back.
  6. Include copies of ID/Passport and KRA PIN Certificates for the 5 proposed officials and board members.
  7. Ensure that at least one-third (1/3) of all board members are Kenyan for foreign-based organizations.
  8. Provide a copy of a valid police clearance (certificate of Good Conduct, including fingerprints and receipts) for Kenyans, or an equivalent notarized clearance certificate for foreigners (not older than 6 months).
  9. Submit the constitution of the proposed NGO/INGO, signed by both the proposed 3 officials and the 2 board members (two copies required).
  10. Please note: Additional instructions may apply.

If you have any further questions or need clarification, feel free to ask Ochiel Dudley, Partner at Bond Advocates LLP ochieljd@bondadvocates.com