How to change your name in the Identity Card (ID)

At some point in life, circumstances may arise that prompt you to consider changing your name. Whether it’s due to marriage, personal preference, or any other reason, the process of changing your name in Kenya is governed by specific rules and procedures under the Registration of Documents Act.

To change your name in the Identity Card (ID) in accordance with the Registration of Persons Act Kenya, follow these steps:

Here is a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through the process smoothly:

1. Obtain the Deed Poll Form

The first step in changing your name is to acquire a deed poll form. This document is essential as it legally allows you to change your name. You can obtain the form from the registrar general’s office or download it online.

2. Gather Required Documents

Depending on your situation, you will need to provide supporting documents such as a marriage certificate, deed poll, sworn affidavits, birth certificate, copy of parents’ ID card, and confirmation letters from an administrative office.

3. Pay the Fee and Surrender Current ID

A fee of Sh1,000 is required for the name change process. Additionally, you will need to surrender your current ID along with the application.

4. Sign the Prescribed Form

The form, as per the Fourth schedule, needs to be signed by a registration officer. This form will be used to record the changes and cancel the previous National ID.

5. Capture Your Photo

Your photo will be taken during the process, and it will be used to produce your new ID.

6. Submission to the Principal Registrar

The registration officer will submit your application form and the surrendered ID to the Principal Registrar for further processing.

7. Receive Your New National ID

After a waiting period of 60 days, you will be issued a new national ID reflecting your updated name.

Changing your name in Kenya is a regulated process that ensures the integrity of official records. By following these steps diligently and providing the necessary documentation, you can successfully update your name in accordance with the law.

Remember, a name change is a significant decision, so it’s essential to consider all aspects before proceeding. Whether it’s a personal choice or a legal requirement, this guide aims to simplify the process and help you navigate through the administrative steps involved in changing your name in Kenya.