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Kerala - Obtain a Divergence Certificate

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  • If a person who is having two or more names (may be because off spelling mistake in the name too) may apply to the respective authority (local administration/revenue) who shall do the local inquiry into the facts and merits of the details furnished by applicant, thereby verifying the documents submitted in support of the applicants claim, and thereafter issue the Divergence Certificate.

Apply In-Person :

  1. To apply for divergence certificate in Kerala, it is advised to meet the local revenue department authority for your ward and get guidelines about where/whom to apply.
  2. Go to the respective office as advised by authorities.
    1. Usually applicant must apply in prescribed application form along with required documents to the respective Panchayat / Block / Circle / Thaasildhaar office where the applicant resides.
  3. Link for contact details : link1 AND link1 & link2
  4. Please go to the respective office.
  5. Applicant shall obtain the form from the respective office (please pay for the form if required) Or a written application on A4 plain sheet as advised shall be used.
  6. Submit the completed application along with required documents.
  7. Authorities after checking the attached documents and application submitted will make entries and provide you record number for reference.
  8. This application will be processed internally. Respective authorities will do the ground level verification followed by scrutiny of the documents and details provided by the applicant.
  9. Once the verification is over, these officials will submit their report to the respective authority to decide and issue the Certificate to the applicant.
  10. Applicant will get the certificate in 7 to 10 days or as per (deliverable norms) after due verification.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Application form.
  • Identity Proof (Voter ID / Aadhar card)
  • Ration card
  • Marriage Certificate (in case of married person)
  • Passport Copy (not compulsory).
  • Self Declaration. (Affidavit to prove that YOU ARE YOU)
  • Passport size photograph (as applicable)
  • If Govt. employee – Service book, pension book/order.
  • Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • School Leaving Certificate.
  • Such other documents showing variance in names
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Government gazette booklet page copy showing name change as applicable.
  • These above documents are to be supported by applicable authorities (Talathi’s) report.
  • All original and copy of original with self attestation as advised by respective authorities to be submitted as per requirement.
  • Apart from the above documents authorities may ask to submit additional information or documents. Please provide them for processing.
  • Divergence certificate is not proof to carry out mutations.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Municipal Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram,
Vikas Bhavan P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 033.
Kerala, India.
Phone :- (0471) 2332085
Fax :- 2336017
e-mail :
Contact Link:link1 & link2

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  • Applicant must be a resident of the state
  • Citizen of India
  • A person who is known by two or more names
  • A disparity in the name of a candidate between his/her various documents.


  • Authorities will provide fee details.
  • During online payment fee details will be displayed (If applicable)


  • The validity period of this certificate is lifelong or as mentioned on the certificate.
  • For the mentioned purpose.

Documents to Use[edit]

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

I Shri/Smt.__________________________________________ age _____________ Residence of ________________________________________ do hereby on the solemn
Affirmation states and submit as under :-

  1. I say that my name is recorded as ____________________________________________________ In my ___________________________ Certificate.
  2. I say that my name is recorded as ____________________________________________________ In my _______________________________
  3. I say that both names i.e.
    • (a) ________________________________________________
    • (b) __________________________________________________________________ are names of one and same person i.e. myself.
  4. I say that this affidavit is sworn by me in order to produce the same before the ________________________________________________
  5. The statement made herein are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Solemnly affirmed on this ____________ day of _____________

Place :-
Identified by :-

Processing Time[edit]

  • Usually 7 to 15 days (this certificate can be obtained in less than the mentioned days in requirement of any urgency).

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 '' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.

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Please provide other instructions related to the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or Country of Birth.
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Need for the Document[edit]

  • A divergence certificate is required when there exists a disparity in the name of a individual in their various documents such as Birth certificate, passport etc,.
  • If an individual has additional names, error in spelling of name, then they need divergence certificate.
  • A divergence certificate is obtained to clarify/certify that the candidate is also known by the other name(s) as listed.

Information which might help[edit]

  • Never furnish fraudulent certificate of details for obtaining this certificate. This will lead to punishment.
  • Always make sure your ward name is correctly spelled in school registers.
  • Always check your name spelling while applying for required documents like passport, driving license etc,.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Place some external links which might help.
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More information which might help people.