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* Minors cannot legally change their name, unless the parent or guardian of the minor applies for the name change.<br>  
 
* Minors cannot legally change their name, unless the parent or guardian of the minor applies for the name change.<br>  
 
* One must not be bankrupt or having financial liability or a criminal liability being taken against them.<br>
 
* One must not be bankrupt or having financial liability or a criminal liability being taken against them.<br>
* The applicant must be a Ghanaian citizen<br><br>
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* The applicant must be a Tanzanian citizen<br><br>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Fees==
 
==Fees==

Latest revision as of 04:29, 9 November 2019

Procedure[edit]


Apply In-Person

  1. You must approach any Tanzania court to begin the process.
  2. Here you should make an application in writing to the Registrar General giving sufficient reasons why you want to make the change. You should submit the application with the following documents attached
    i. Two passport photographs (for a new identity document)
    ii. Your Identity document with your current name(s) and surname, (which you will surrender)
    iii. Copy of birth certificate
    iv. Letter stating sufficient reasons for changing your name in writing.
    v. Marriage certificate (Men are not required to submit marriage certificate
  3. You will be then assigned a court hearing date for legally changing your name. In the court hearing, the judge will review the 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. You will be required to swear an affidavit of your name change.
  4. 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.
  5. The registrar can now be notified about change of name in a short writing accompanied with a copy of the Decree Changing Name.
  6. You should then proceed to 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.
  7. Notify relevant institutions to effect name changes on documents like driver's license, Voter registration card, social security card, Car title, Home lease or mortgage, passport, Post office boxes.



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Required Documents[edit]


  • Application letter addressed to the Minister of Justice
  • Affidavit of attesting witness
  • Two passport photographs (for a new identity document)
  • Your Identity document with your current name(s) and surname, (which you will surrender )
  • Letter stating sufficient reasons for changing your name in writing.
  • Marriage certificate (Men are not required to submit marriage certificate.)
  • Consent of spouse ( in case of married applicant)
  • Consent of spouse ( in case of minors)
  • Authorisation from parents ( in case of minors)
  • Proof of payment receipts




Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


Registrar Generals Office

Office of the Administrator General

Simu Street

P. O. Box 9183 Dar es Salaam. Tanzania

Telephone No. 255-22-2123325


Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency - RITA

Physical Address:

Upanga/ Kipalapala Street

Dar es Salaam

Postal Address:

P.O. Box 9183,

Dar es Salaam

Telephone: +255 22 2153067 (CEO), +255 22 2153069 (General line)

Fax: +255 22 2153075,

E-mail: ceo@rita.go.tz, info@rita.go.tz

Website: Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency


Law reform commission Tanzania

Haki House, 8 Luthuli Road,

P O Box 3580, Dar es Salaam

Telephone: +255 22 2123533 / +255 22 2111387

Fax: +255 22 2123534

E-mail: info@lrct.go.tz

Website: Law reform commission Tanzania



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Eligibility[edit]


  • In order to legally change your name, you must be above 18 years of age.
  • Minors cannot legally change their name, unless the parent or guardian of the minor applies for the name change.
  • One must not be bankrupt or having financial liability or a criminal liability being taken against them.
  • The applicant must be a Tanzanian citizen

Fees[edit]


  • Fees paid to a notary vary basing on who is appointer;
  • Also fees paid in court vary basing on the court where petition is submitted;
  • Registration of Deed Poll Tshs 80,000/=



Validity[edit]


  • The new name is valid forever.


Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links
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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.



Processing Time[edit]


  • It takes a period of 14 to 21 days to complete the name change process.


Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	



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Instructions[edit]


There are three main steps for obtaining a legal name change in Tanzania. To begin,

  1. A person must possess proof, such as a birth certificate, of their current name. With this evidence the person must then take it to swear an affidavit at any Tanzanian court.
  2. Once this is done, the individual must then go to the registrar’s office to make a notification of the name change
  3. For the third and final step the is to notify relevant institutions to effect name changes on documents like driver's license, Voter registration card, social security card, Car title, Home lease or mortgage, passport, Post office boxes.



Required Information[edit]


  1. Full names ( current and new )
  2. Identity number
  3. Date and place of Birth
  4. Residential address
  5. Telephone number with code
  6. Reasons for changing your name in writing
  7. Marital status and details



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Need for the Document[edit]


You can request for a name change, if you want to
  1. Use your spouse’s surname upon marriage
  2. Revert to your maiden name or previous surname that you legally bore
  3. Join your surname with that of your spouse as a double-barrelled surname
  4. Want to use your biological or step-parents’ surname
  5. Want to add, remove or change your forenames for any other justifiable reason.

Information which might help[edit]


  1. The law allows changing name in the register of births within two years after registration. After expiry of such period, the applicant has to follow other legal procedures to the registrar of documents (Deed polls).
  2. 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.
  3. Declarations and signing of poll deed must be in presence of a witness; A witness can either be a friend, neighbour or colleague at work who must have made an affidavit before a commissioner or solicitor;
  4. 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;
  5. Where a married person wishes to change his / her name, the spouse must agree;
  6. Rules for choosing name
    i. Ensure that the name you choose is not a racial insult;
    ii. Ensure that the name will not incites any violence and is not in any way offensive;
    iii. The chosen name should not be intentionally confusing for example involves numbers and punctuation and should not be incredibly long.
    iv. 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;
  7. Submission of petition maybe done in person or a notary can be contacted;
  8. An applicant must be ready to provide proof all of the information in the name change petition under oath.
  9. To avoid confusion, an applicant should start using new name immediately



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]


Change of name can be used in these other instances.
i. Re-registering a child born out of wedlock
ii. Inserting the biological father’s particulars in the birth register of a child born out of wedlock
iii. Altering a forename
iv. Altering the surname of a minor
v. Assuming a different surname



External Links[edit]


Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency – RITA : RITA

Law reform commission Tanzania : Law reform commission Tanzania



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Others[edit]


  • The most important thing to do to legally change your name is to start using your new name. Introduce yourself using your new name, fill out forms and applications under your new name, tell all of your family and friends to only refer to you using your new name, and tell your school and/or employer of your new name.
  • If you wish to be known by a different name you can change your name at any time, provided you do not intend to deceive or defraud another person. There is no legal procedure to follow in order to change a name. You simply start using the new name. You can change your forename or surname, add names or rearrange your existing names.
  • Once you have decided to change your name, you can use the new name for all purposes, for example, publishing marriage bans, legal proceedings and obtaining, or changing details on a driving license or passport.