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Nigeria - Change of Personal Name

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1.Start by locating a court nearest to you. The court can either be in your area of residence or place of work. Applicants abroad look for a nearby Nigerian diplomatic mission (either Nigerian embassy, consulate office or high commission);

2.Go to the identified court / diplomatic mission and apply to make a sworn statement / affidavit for change of name;

3.When the statement is made, you insert your signature and person in whose present the affidavit is sworn (judge / attorney / diplomatic mission authority) authenticates the affidavit, then you can start using the new name;

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Required Documents[edit]

1.Identification documents of applicant

2.Birth certificate

3.Passport size photos

4.Affidavit for change of name

5.Written application for change of name

6.Marriage certificate (Change of name after marriage

7.Divorce (Change name after divorce)

8.Photocopies of Nigerian Passport (applications submitted to embassies)

9.Proof of newspaper advert in Nigeria,

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Federal High Court Abuja, Nigeria

Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja

P.M.B 389 FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Telephone No.: 01-2691439



Contact addresses for Federal High Court Division in different areas can be got from


Online change of name registry




Sokode Crescent by Michael

Okpara Street, Zone 5,

Wuse, Abuja

Tel: 09-5230667-9


5th Floor, Wing B, Radio

House, Area 10, Garki, Abuja

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Anyone can apply for change of name.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Valid as long as name is not changed again

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

process takes 3 months

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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1.A name change advert must be placed in a newspaper in Nigeria;

2.Applications for child of name of children can be submitted which the help of adults with parental responsibility;

3.Applicants above sixteen (16) years must agree to change of name;

4.For married applicants, their spouses must agree to change of name;

Required Information[edit]

1.Original Name of Applicant

2.New Name of Applicant

3.Contact Address for applicant

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Need for the Document[edit]

Change a personal name refers to the process of giving up an originally used name to a new (adopted) name. In Nigeria, change of names is done in the high court on the other hand; Nigerians abroad can apply to change their names at a nearby diplomatic mission in the country a foreign country.

Information which might help[edit]

After changing name, you can proceed with changing name on documents where possible and where it is not possible, documents on which a name cannot be change may be used with support of the affidavit;

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

1.Change of name gives new identity to a person;

2.If a person does not like his / her original name, with change of name he / she chooses a name he / she likes;

3.In cases of cases of marriage a woman if she wants to can change her name by adding her husbands

4.In cases of divorce, if a woman no longer wishes to use his ex-husbands name, it can be changes;

5.Through change of name, a child may change his / her parent(s) name;

External Links[edit]

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