For several reasons, people find themselves with the need to change personal names. This process should, however, be done legally lest there is a risk of being disqualified for presenting a new name without legal backing. For the change of personal name to comply with the law, the following procedure governing this exercise must be followed:
- Visit the National Identification and Register Authority Office (NIRA) with all the required documents and the recommended fees
- Request for an application form read through the instruction carefully and fill it correctly.
- Submit the required documents to the attending official, who will verify and process your documents.
- Go to a private law firm where you will swear an affidavit before a Commissioner of Oaths
- Sign the statutory declaration giving the biodata of the person, place of birth, parents names, original names and the new name.
- A deed poll informing the public about the change is prepared and advertised in the gazette and or media
- 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.
- The name may then be registered with the registrar of documents.