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How to Apply for a Certificate of Cohabitation

This e-certificate of cohabitation is issued to foreigners legally married to Rwandan citizens living in Rwanda. The marriage ceremony could have happened in Rwanda or anywhere. This allows a foreigner to apply for Rwandan Nationality and other government services. Also, Rwandan citizens can use the certificate to claim services in their spouse's country of origin such as Visa, children's registration, or application for nationality. The application is processed by local Government authorities at the sector level. This service is provided by the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC).

The processing time is 1 working day and the service cost is Rwf 1,500. 

Prerequisites: 

  • Applicants need to log in to the Irembo account. Click here to find out how to create an account on IremboGov or visit the nearest Irembo agent for assistance.

  • Applicants should have a national ID number and passport details for their foreign spouses. 

  • Required attachment is a passport copy for foreigners, and conditional attachments include one of these three: a marriage certificate, a marriage record, or an extract of the marriage certificate. 

  • Applicants should have a valid phone number, email address, or both. 

Follow these simple steps to apply for a certificate of cohabitation:

1. Visit www.irembo.gov.rw and click on Log In to start applying for this service. 


2. Under Family, click on Certificate of Cohabitation. 


3. Click on Apply. 


4. Fill in the Applicant Details and the Partner Details. The details will be retrieved and displayed on the right side of the page.


5. Fill in the Legal Marriage Details and Processing Details

NOTE: It’s advisable to choose the nearest processing office to easily follow up.

6. Attach the required document in the right size and format. 


7. Click on Next to proceed.

8. Verify that the information is true, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click on Submit.


9. A billing number/ID (99….) will be generated for payment. Applicants can pay using MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money, BK App, BK Branches, BK Agents, or pay online using VISA or MasterCard.



NOTE: After applying and paying successfully via IremboGov, and after the Civil Registration Officer of the processing sector has approved it, the applicant will receive an SMS/Email notifying them that the certificate is available and can download it from the IremboGov platform. If the applicant does not receive a notification within three working days after submission, they should contact or visit the sector office. 


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