With a deed poll, you can change your forenames and/or surname, add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names. The law governing the use of deed polls In Kenya is the Registration of Documents Act, and the change of names regulations set out in the act

Procedure

1.Visit the Registrar Generals Department and have a copy of the Deed Poll drafted.

2.Sign the new name in the presence of a Justice of the Peace.

3.Take the document (draft copy) to the Stamp Duty and Transfer

4.Tax Department to be legally stamped by a government agent

5.Return the stamped document to the Registrar General’s Department for recording

6.Once everything is done, it will be put on the Kenya Gazette, that way you dont have to change each and every document

With a deed poll, you can change your forenames and/or surname, add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names.

You can change your name at any time and for any reason provided it is not to deceive or defraud or to avoid an obligation.

The law governing the use of deed polls In Kenya is the Registration of Documents Act, and the change of names regulations set out in the act.

For one to be able to change their names using a deed poll, they must be at least 16 years of age. A 16-year-old is however is still a minor, and therefore, all that is required of them is consent, in the presence of an advocate, but the entire process is commenced by an adult.

For a minor below 16 years of age, no consent is required from them, as they are still of tender age. For the change of name for a minor, the application has to be made by a person with parental responsibility, most probably a parent.

Where there are two parents, all parents have to consent to the application for the change of name.

If a married person makes an application for a change of name, then their spouse has to give consent to the proposed change of name.

For a separated person, a certificate from an advocate that s/he is living separate from their spouse is required.

If the applicant is divorced then their certificate of marriage or evidence of marriage together with decree absolute or certificate of divorce will be required, to facilitate the change of name.

Once all the legal requirements have been concluded, the applicant registers the deed poll at the Principal Registry in Nairobi or the Coast Registry for Coast province only.

The registrar shall after registration, cause the deed poll to be advertised in the Kenya Gazette. This acts as a notification to the general public of the change of name. A fee of Sh 500 is payable for the deed poll presented for registration.

Required Documents

  • Certificate of birth
  • A marriage certificate, or other evidence(in the case of married woman changing her name)
  • A certificate from an advocate that the applicant is living separate from their spouse (in case of a separating couple)
  • Sworn an affidavit
  • Certificate of good conduct

Office Locations & Contacts

Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons
Nyayo House 20th floor, Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O. Box 30191, 00100 Nairobi.
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
Email; infomirp@kenya.go.ke
Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons contacts

Office of the Attorney-General and the Department of Justice,
P.O. Box 40112 – 00100 Nairobi
Telephone: +254 020 2227461 / 2251355
Fax: +254 020 213956
Email: info.statelawoffice@kenya.go.ke

Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government contacts
State Department of Interior
Harambee House, Harambee Avenue
P.O Box 30510,00100 Nairobi.
Tel: +254-20-2227411
Email: ps.interior@kenya.go.ke, ps.pais@kenya.go.ke

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be at least 16 years of age in order to legally change his/her name by Deed Poll. A 16-year-old is still a minor, and thus, all that is required of them is consent, in the presence of an advocate, but the entire process is commenced by an adult.
  • If the applicant is under 16 years of age, one of his/her parents can apply for a Deed Poll on his/her behalf so long as anyone else with parental responsibility consents to the applicants name change.
  • The applicant must be Kenyan citizen
  • The advantage of changing your name by deed poll is that you then have documentary evidence that you have changed your name.
  • This, along with your birth certificate, is acceptable for most administrative procedures and provides an easy and inexpensive solution to most of the difficulties that can arise when you change your name.

Fees

A fee of KSh. 500/= is paid

Validity

It is valid Forever, i.e, until the applicant is deceased

Instructions

By executing the Deed Poll through signing and dating the deed poll with witnesses present, the applicant is committing to abandoning the use of his/her former name, requiring all people to address him/her by the new name, and using the new name at all times

Required Information

1.The new name

2.The old name

3.Date of birth

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Need for the Document

A deed poll is a legal document binding only to a single person or several persons acting jointly to express an active intention. It is a legal document binding only to a single person or several persons acting jointly to express an active intention. It is, strictly speaking, not a contract because it binds only one party and expresses an intention instead of a promise.

With a deed poll, you can change your forenames and/or surname, add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names. You can change your name at any time and for any reason provided it is not to deceive or defraud or to avoid an obligation. The law governing the use of deed polls In Kenya is the Registration of Documents Act, and the change of names regulations set out in the act. For one to be able to change their names using a deed poll, they must be at least 16 years of age.

A 16-year-old is however is still a minor, and therefore, all that is required of them is consent, in the presence of an advocate, but the entire process is commenced by an adult. For a minor below 16 years of age, no consent is required from them, as they are still of tender age.

Information which might help

The registrar may decline to accept a change of name, if the new name:- 1.includes at least one forename and one surname

2.is not possible to pronounce

3.contains numbers or symbols

4.contains punctuation marks

5.is vulgar, offensive or blasphemous

6.encourages criminal activities

7.encourages racial or religious hatred

8.encourages the use of controlled drugs

9.makes a mockery of people, groups, government departments, companies or organizations

10. may result in others believing you have a bestowed or inherited honor, title, rank or academic award, for example, changing of the first name to sir, lord, laird, lady, prince, princess, viscount, baron, baroness, general, captain, professor or doctor.

A successful registration entitles the applicant to be referred to, and use the new names in his/her every day business.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

It can be used to get all of the applicants official documents and records changed to his/her new name.

External Links

http://www.allafrica.com/stories/201301021552.html

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-101243/changing-names

http://www.kenyalaw.org/Downloads/Acts/Registration%20%20of%20Documents%20Act%20%28Cap.%20285%29.pdf

Office of the Attorney General & Department of Justice

Republic of Kenya – The Judiciary

Huduma Kenya – eGovernment Services

Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons

Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government

Others

Change of names can be effected through the use of a Deed Poll. A deed poll is a legal document binding only to a single person or several persons acting jointly to express an active intention.

If you are a Kenyan, you will need a good reason as why you wish to change your name. You will need to swear an affidavit, certificate of good conduct and then you will use a lawyer to apply on your behalf.

Change of name of a child whose birth has already been registered can only be done before 2 years from the birth of the child but not after more than 2 years. If the child is older than 2 years and a name had already been inserted in the birth register of that particular child, then no change of name can take place, nonetheless you can add a name on already existing names but you cannot remove a name from the birth register.

However, complete change of name for a child who is older than 2 years of age or removal of any name from the register can only be done through deed poll upon attainment of majority age. Before this is done, the same must be published in Kenya gazette notice indicating the reasons for change of name.