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The history of this battered nation {Burundi) can be told through names of individual or places in the country like these, given to reflect the world as parents see it at the time. Some hail Their names from historical moments or a child's most conspicuous trait. But they can also deliver terse commentaries in an unsafe world.

Changing a name in refers to that legal act where a person adopts a name different from the names he / she has been using before. In Tanzania change of name can be done through deed polls.

And can be done at any time for any reasons that not related to fraud or avoiding obligation. In Burundi, The law of obtaining deed polls is the law governing the Registration of Documents Act, where change of name regulations are also set out.


Applicant for change of name must be an adult person of age.

People choose to change their name for a variety of reasons. Maybe you just want to change the spelling of your name, you don't like the name your parents gave you, you want to get rid of your middle name, you want to remove any family associations, or maybe you just want a change! You can legally change your first name, middle name or surname, or any combination of those.

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  • Details of action to be taken must be given in the deed poll;
  • A deed pool must have a date;
  • Application for change of name for a minor must be done but an adult with parent responsibility preferable a parent (Mother / father)The witness should also insert signature on the deed poll;
  • Applicants for deed polls on behalf of a child must have parental responsibility for the child;
  • Declarations and signing of poll deed must be in presence of a witness;
  • A witness can either be a friend, neighbor or colleague at work who must have made an affidavit before a commissioner or solicitor;
  • Where application for change of name for a child above fifteen (15) years, he / she must agree;
  • In cases of applications for minor, both parents must agree to the change of name;
  • Where a married person wishes to change his / her name, the spouse must agree;
  • Ensure that the name you choose is not a racial insult;
  • Ensure that the name will not incites any violence and is not in any way offensive;
  • The chosen name should not be intentionally confusing for example involves numbers and punctuation and should not be incredibly long.
  • Change of name should not be for purposes of fraud, such as wanting to evade debt collectors or the law and should not be for purposes of dodging responsibility;
  • Submission of petition maybe done in person or a notary can be contacted;
  • An applicant must be ready to provide proof all of the information in the name change petition under oath.
  • To avoid confusion, an applicant should start using new name immediately

Required Information

1.Name and address of applicant,

2.Name and address of witness;

3.Current names;

4.New names;

5.Current residence;

6.Names and address of both parents (in cases of minor applicants);

7.Reasons for change of name;


1.A person who wish to change his / her name should start by choosing an appropriate new name for him / herself.Choose a name that you like and that is relatively easy to spell. Where a person is adding her husband’s name after marriage of removing husband’s name after divorce is easy, but if a person is wants to be branded with a completely new name, the he / she must make sure that the new name meets the basic guidelines like should not be a racial insult, should not incite violence and should not be confusing;

2.Contact a local attorney to get information about the procedure for name changing in your state. This the place where change of name can be done, go to the court and find out and thereafter prepare the documents required in order to successfully change name. You can as well consider to handle the process without involving the court and you do it your self.This will often mean that there is no court appearance is needed in the whole process. Keep in mind that documents required vary basing on the form of change of name, for instance in cases of change of name as a result of marriage, an applicant may be required to present a marriage certificate and change of name after divorce, a divorce certificate is require in addition to the general requirements;

3.After preparing all documents, before you submit them to the District Authorities Contact your city hall to find out which court handles this in your province or district. In this case the applicant obtains a written application and fills out required information, also sign and date this petition submit it to the clerk of the court. Also remember to make payments. Realize that there usually is a publication requirement when doing a name change. You may have to purchase a small advert in a local news paper in Burundi that states you're legally changing your name. This alerts any creditors or claimants against you.

4.Then the court clerk shall assign a court hearing date for legally change of name. In the court hearing, the judge reviews petition to legally change name and thereafter make a decision. In the decision, the judge may either grant or deny an order to change name.

5.When change of name is approved, the court will issue a Decree Changing Name which proves change and endeavor to make copies of the same.

6.The registrar can now be notified about change of name in a short writing accompanied with a copy of the Decree Changing Name.

7.Notify all government and other relevant institutions like bank, work place or school about change of name; this can be done in a short letter accompanied with a copy of decree.

8.Also change name on any documents like driver's license, Voter registration card, social security card, Car title, Home lease or mortgage, passport, Post office boxes and any other documents; at this stage,

9.Give copies of the judgment or order you receive from the court to all creditors, licensing bureaus, employers, banks and tax agencies to request that your name be changed in their records. The applicant is require to check in with the institutions in charge of these documents to see how soon you'll need to make the change.

10.Recognize that you may also change your child's name using the same procedure, but that there may be an inquiry by the court as to whether both parents agree to this if you're divorced.

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Required Documents

1.Affidavit of attesting witness;

2.Documents to show old names

3.Passport photo graph;

4.Payment slips

5.Authorization from parents (in cases of minors)

6.Consent of a child (above 15 years)

7.Consent of spouse (Married applicants)

8.Affidavit of witness

9.Consent of both parents (in cases minor applicants)


1.Fees paid to a notary vary basing on who is appointee;

2.Also fees paid in court vary basing on the court where petition is submitted;

3.Registration of Deed Poll in Burundi require – CFA 30,000/=


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Processing Time

It takes 21 days

Office Locations & Contacts

Divisional Registrar General’s Office

Minister of Justice office:

Avenue de justie 21, Bujumbura, Burundi. BP 06

Tel: +257 7899 8888

Fax: +257 78 99 7777


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Information which might help

According to Decree No. 100/122 of 28 November 2005 on the Organization of the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Legal Affairs and Litigation main tasks of:

  • Monitor the litigation of the State;
  • Carry out the unification and modernization of national legislation;
  • Interpret foreign law;
  • Issue of change of name certificates;
  • Resolve issues relating to the Burundian nationality;
  • Carry out the formalities prior to the exhumation and transfer of the remains;
  • Managing the abandoned estate.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

You may want to change your name because:

  • You have just gotten married
  • You have divorced
  • You just want a change
  • In case of adoption

External Links

Government of Burundi

Department of Justice – Burundi

Composition of the Government of the Republic of Burundi


Typically, you may legally change your name to whatever name you'd like. There are some exceptions, though:

  • You can't change your name just to escape debt liability or to hide from criminal liability.
  • You can't change your name in order to commit a crime.
  • You can't change your name with the intention to mislead. This usually involves taking the name of a famous person. Courts typically do not allow this, unless you have a convincing reason that is not related to the famous person or the use of his or her name.
  • You can't choose a confusing name one that includes numerals or punctuation. However, some courts have permitted people to spell out the numbers, for example "Seven" instead of "7".
  • You can't choose a name that would intimidate, offend, or be considered obscene.
  • You can't choose a racial slur.
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