How To Clear Criminal Records In Kenya

How To Clear Criminal Records In Kenya

In this article Keweb. co tries to answer the question by publishing the ways one can clear criminal records in Kenya

Below are the most helpful ways to clear criminal records in Kenya

You can apply for expungement of your criminal record in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, to the Director-General: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Expungement of a criminal record is a process by which a criminal record of a convicted offender is removed from the criminal record database of the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service.

This allows you to carry on with life without a criminal record is an obstruction to employment opportunities.

You can apply to have your criminal record expunged when:

  • a period of 10 years has passed after the date of the conviction for that offense.
  • you have not been convicted and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine during those 10 years.
  • the sentence was corporal punishment.
  • the sentence was postponed or you were cautioned and discharged.
  • the sentence was a fine not exceeding R20 000.
  • the sentence was imprisonment with the option to pay a fine (not more than R20 000) instead of serving the period of imprisonment.
  • the sentence of imprisonment was suspended wholly.
  • the sentence was correctional supervision in terms of section 276(1)(h) of the Act.
  • the sentence was imprisonment in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Act.
  • the sentence was periodical imprisonment in term of section 276(1)(c) of the Act.
  • the proof is provided that your name has been removed from the National Register of Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register, if relevant.

You can find information on the steps to take and documents to submit on the website of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

How long does a criminal record last in Kenya?

It is good to note that if an applicant had cases and he/she was acquitted by a court of law, that criminal record is EXPUNGED from the criminal database. Howbeit, if convicted of the same, the record is kept for 20 years.

How can I check my criminal record in Kenya?

Must pay Kshs. 1000.00 and obtain the official receipt from the cashier at DCI Headquarters Nairobi. Must allow his/her fingerprints and palm prints to be recorded on a prescribed form (C24 or P20) at the DCI Headquarters in Nairobi.