PROCEDURE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN NIGERIA

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PROCEDURE FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN NIGERIA

procedure for change of name in Nigeria

CHANGE OF NAME IN NIGERIA

Generally, an individual has a right to legally change his/her name for different reasons. There are certain conditions to be fulfilled before a change of name is processed in Nigeria. The major reasons people decide to change their names are for a marital purpose, correction of bank details, divorce or when the process of adoption of a child is completed.

Conditions for change of name

  • Firstly in order for a change of name is processed, the individual must be an adult, a child cannot legally change his or her name unless a guardian or parent of the child does it for him or her. The legal age for processing change of name is 18 years.
  • A change of name will be illegal where the intention is to mislead or commit a crime
  • An individual cannot change name where the purpose is to escape debt or financial liability.
  • The applicant must also be a Nigerian citizen.

Process for change of name in Nigeria

The first step in processing a change of name in Nigeria is to swear to an affidavit under oath in any of High Courts close to the applicant stating the reasons for the change of name. The affidavit is a statutory document that records the intention to abandon the old name for the new.

The next step is to announce publicly the change of name by publishing the new name in at least one recognised national newspaper, so as to give the general public notice that the individual has effected a change of name.

Once the change of name has been effected, it is important that all personal vital documents of the individual reflect the change done in the name.

Finally, the new name of the individual is to be printed in Nigeria Official Gazette. This process involves sending an application to the documentation department of publication, Civil Registry, requesting the advertisement of the change of name. The application fee for the publication is from N5000 (Five Thousand Naira) and above. The application must be accompanies with the following documents or information

  • Deed of change of name
  • The name of the applicant as listed on the birth certificate or any citizenship documents
  • The full name the applicant is applying to change.
  •  A signed Affidavit of change of name
  • A newspaper cutting advertising the change of name
  • Passport photograph of the applicant
  • Photocopy of the marriage certificate for the applicant whose purpose for change is as a result of marriage.

Finally, the change of name in Nigeria involves a process by which an applicant is required to depose to an affidavit for change of name and follows by publication in any national newspaper. It is important that after the completion of the change of name process, the applicant should approach any relevant organs or agencies of government to update his or her data.

By Resolution Law Firm

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