How To Legally Change A Child’s Name In Kenya 2022

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After two years, one must apply for a name change via the deed poll process.





A deed poll is a basic application that is permitted under the Registration of Documents (Change of Name) Regulations.





These forms differ slightly based on who is having their name changed. The applicable form for minors is ‘Form 4 A,’ which is filled out and signed on their behalf by their parent or legal guardian and a witness.






If the minor is over the age of sixteen, he or she must give consent in the necessary form, i.e. ‘Form 4’, which must be witnessed by an Advocate.






The deed poll must be accompanied with the child’s birth certificate and a statutory declaration in the prescribed form when submitted.





The individual swearing the statutory declaration must be a Kenyan resident who knows the child. In most cases, he or she is a relative or a close family friend.





Once finished, the documents must be given to the Registrar of Documents, who will register them and publish them in the Kenya Gazette.





The name change takes effect only after it has been published. However, in order for the child’s new names to appear on the birth certificate, a new birth certificate must be obtained.


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