How do I legally change my names?
SEE ALSO :Lawyer Nyakundi to be examinedFor a separated person, a certificate from an advocate that s/he is living separate from their spouse is required. If the applicant is divorced then their certificate of marriage or evidence of marriage together with decree absolute or certificate of divorce will be required, to facilitate the change of name. Once all the legal requirements are concluded, the deed poll is registered at the Principal Registry in Nairobi or the Coast Registry for Coast province only. After registration, the registrar shall advertise in the Kenya Gazette as a notification to the public of the change of name. However, it is important to note that the registrar may refuse to accept a change of name, if the change is impossible to pronounce, includes numbers, symbols or punctuation marks. The registrar may also snub names that are vulgar, offensive or blasphemous. Other names that can be rejected are those that promote criminal activities, racial or religious hatred or use of controlled drugs. Other names that cannot be registered are those that ridicule people, groups, government departments, companies or organisations.
SEE ALSO :Three firms to sue Boeing over crashThe registrar will also decline names that may result in belief that you have a conferred or inherited honour, title, rank or academic award, for example, a change of first name to sir, lord, laird, lady, prince, princess, viscount, baron, baroness, general, captain, professor or doctor.
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