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How to Change Your Name at Court In Ghana

Here is a complete guide on how to change your name in Ghana, Take your time and read carefully before proceeding to start with changing your name.

Eligibility To Change Your Name At Court In Ghana

  • In order to legally change your name, you must be above 18 years of age.
  • Minors cannot legally change their name, unless the parent or guardian of the minor applies for the name change.
  • One must not be bankrupt or having financial liability or a criminal liability being taken against them.
  • The applicant must be a Ghanaian citizen

Here is how To Change Your Name At Court In Ghana,

How To Change Your Name At Court In Ghana

You must approach any Ghanaian court to begin the process.

Here you should make an application in writing to the minister of Justice giving sufficient reasons why you want to make the change. You should submit the application with the following documents attached

  1. Two passport photographs (for a new identity document)
    1. Your Identity document with your current name(s) and surname, (which you will surrender)
    2. Copy of birth certificate
    3. Letter stating sufficient reasons for changing your name in writing.
    4. Marriage certificate (Men are not required to submit marriage certificate
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You are then to swear to an Affidavit of Change of Name (Deed Pool) before the Commission of Oaths, in the Ghanaian court. The affidavit should say that you have changed from your old name and wish to be known by your new name, and you show your affidavit anywhere you want to present any documentation in your old name. The affidavit is a statutory declaration recording your intention to abandon your old name and adopt a new one.

Once this is done, the individual must then go to the Office of the Judicial Secretary, where the affidavit is signed/ endorsed.

The next step you need to announce publicly that you have made the name change. This can be done by publishing your new name in at the Ghanaian gazette and least one recognised national daily newspaper. It is only after the new name is published in the gazette/ a newspaper that it is considered legally changed. You should ensure that the new name reflects in your vital documents.

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The final step is applying for new government documents reflecting your new acquired name. This can only be done once the new name is published in the Ghana newspapers. A copy of the newspaper has to be attached to the application documents for the new documents.

Document Needed to Change Your Name At Court In Ghana

  • Application letter addressed to the Minister of Justice
  • A deed poll/ affidavit for the name change
  • Two passport photographs (for a new identity document)
  • Your Identity document with your current name(s) and surname, (which you will surrender)
  • Letter stating sufficient reasons for changing your name in writing.
  • Marriage certificate (Men are not required to submit marriage certificate.)
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Office Locations & Contacts

Greater Accra Region
Registrar General’s Department
P.O.Box 118Accra
Tel: +233 302 664691-93
Fax: +233 302 662043
Email: [email protected]

Ashanti Region
Registrar General’s Department – Kumasi
Opposite Hotel Gandolfo Asafo PMB, Kumasi
Tel: +233 322083151 / 322042152
Email: [email protected]

Western Region
Registrar General’s Department – Secondi
Ministries P.O.Box 251Secondi
Tel: +233 31248258
Fax: +233 312 48258
Email: [email protected]

Northern Region
Male Regional Office
Tel: 0372023715
Email: [email protected]

The Head, Public Complaint Unit
P.O.Box M49 Ministries, Accra
Tel: +233 302 665421 Ext 2324
Fax: +233 302 662344

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