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Uganda - Apply for Change of Personal Name

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Procedure[edit]

In Person[edit]

  • Applicants who wish to change their names are required by law to give a reasonable explanation for their decision.
  • And upon acceptance of the application by the Commissioner for Oaths, the applicant is required to post legal notices in newspapers to announce the name change.
  • Not less than seven days after the publication of the notice, the person intending to change his or her name may apply in the prescribed form to the registrar of the births and deaths registration district in which his or her birth is registered.
  • The registrar shall, upon being satisfied that the requirements of this section have been carried out and upon payment of the prescribed fee, amend the register accordingly and shall sign and date the amendment.

Apply by Mail[edit]

Send email to ursb@ursb.go.ug



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Required Documents[edit]

  • A letter from a responsible person, such as a GP, solicitor, minister, priest or MP
  • An advertisement in a local or national newspaper.
  • A statutory declaration ( a statement, recording your intention to abandon your old name and adopt a new one)
  • Name Change Affidavit



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Plot 5 George Street, Georgian House
P.O.Box 6848 Kampala Uganda
URSB General Line: +256 414 233 219
Registrar General: +256 414 235 915
URSB Fax: +256 414 250 712
Director Business Registration: +256 414 258 819
Director Civil Registration: +256 414 341 663
Director Intellectual Property: +256 414 258 818
Email address: ursb@ursb.go.ug
Website: http://www.ursb.go.ug
Contacts
Working Hours
Week Days
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Weekends
Saturday and Sunday: Off
Public Holidays: Off
Any exceptions will be communicated.

Commissioner of Oaths.
Contact the Uganda Law Society
Plot 5A Acacia Avenue
P.O. Box 426
Kampala, Uganda
Web: http://www.uls.or.ug
Tel: +256 414 342424
Fax: +256 414 342431
E-mail: uls@uls.or.ug

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
Plot 1, Parliament Avenue, Queens Chambers
Tel: + 256 414 253207 | Fax: +256-41-254829
P. O. Box 7183 | Kampala, Uganda
E: info@jlos.go.ug / info@justice.go.ug



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Eligibility[edit]

To be eligible you must be a citizen of Uganda



Fees[edit]

5,000 Uganda Shillings


Validity[edit]

The UIF promises to process or finalize your claim within five weeks of receiving your application and all relevant documents



Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents which can be used by people who would like to follow this procedure.



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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.



Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

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Instructions[edit]

Change of name of adult.

Any person, being over the age of twenty-one years or a widower, widow, divorced person or a married person, who wishes to change his or her name shall cause to be published in the Gazette a notice in the prescribed form of his or her intention to do so.

Not less than seven days after the publication of the notice, the person intending to change his or her name may apply in the prescribed form to the registrar of the births and deaths registration district in which his or her birth is registered. The registrar shall, upon being satisfied that the requirements of this section have been carried out and upon payment of the prescribed fee, amend the register accordingly and shall sign and date the amendment.

Change of name of child.

The parents or guardian of any child under the age of twenty-one years who is not married, divorced, a widower or a widow may apply in the prescribed form to the registrar of the births and deaths registration district in which the birth of the child is registered to change the name of the child.

The registrar shall, upon payment of the prescribed fee, amend the register accordingly and shall sign and date the amendment.



Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Valid identity proof
  • Citizenship
  • Address
  • Occupation
  • Reason for change of name
  • Official witness to change of name



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Need for the Document[edit]

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. Although there is no legal way to change a name, you may want evidence that you have changed your name



Information which might help[edit]

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.



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Applying for change of name in passport
Applying for marriage certificate



External Links[edit]

http://www.ugandahighcommission.co.uk/ConsularInformation/PassportInfo.aspx

U.S
http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=uganda

Births and Deaths Registration Act

The Judiciary of the Republic of Uganda

Uganda Registration Services Bureau

Uganda National Web Portal

Uganda Online - Government of Uganda

Local Governments

Government Agencies



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Others[edit]

How you should go about changing your name will depend upon which category you fit into. Changing your name after marriage or divorce is quite a simple process, while changing your name 'just because' requires a little more effort, but it is still quite straight forward and a lot easier than it used to be.

To change your name, submit a petition to your local Superior Court that details the reasons you'd like to change your name. After the court approves your request, you'll then need to update your Social Security card, driver's license and passport.