Change of name by deed poll in Tanzania

This post covers everything you need to know about the change of name by deed poll in Tanzania.

In this guide, you will learn

  • what is a deed poll
  • how to change the name by deed poll
  • sample/ example of a deed poll
  • How much does it costs
  • etc.

What is a Deed Poll?

A deed poll is a unilateral legal document used specifically for the change of a person’s name.

It is called a unilateral document because it only binds one person i.e a person who swears/affirms to change his/her name.

When do you need a change of name by deed poll?

You can use deed poll to;

  1. change your first or last name
  2. To add a new name
  3. To rearrange your name
  4. To correct the spelling of your name
  5. etc.

Why the change of name by deed poll?

On occasion, you may want to leave and abandon your former name and adopt a new name.

This may be due to;

  1. marriage (you wish to use your spouse’s name)
  2. Divorce
  3. Change of nationality,
  4. adoption
  5. the inconsistency of names on your important certificates
  6. gender change
  7. change of religion
  8. etc

The aim of a deed poll is to legally handle the process of changing your name and make your new name legally accepted.

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Therefore when a person wishes to change his name he must swear a deed poll.

What happens after a change of name by deed poll?

After duly charging your name by deed poll, you can start to use your new name immediately.

That means you have to stop using your old name and use the deep poll as evidence to support the use of your new name.

Further, after the formalities for changing your name by deed poll, you are advised to inform any person or institute that you are dealing with, about the change of your name.

The important place to inform about your change of name includes;

  1. Your bank and other financial institution
  2. Your employer
  3. Post offices
  4. Immigration
  5. A business that provides you with utilities
  6. etc,

Qualities of Deed poll

The common traits of deed poll in common law countries are

  1. It must be on legal paper.
  2. It must be attested by the commissioner for oaths.
  3. It should be registered by the relevant authority to be acceptable. In Tanzania is the Ministry for Lands. Kitengo cha usajili was hati.

change of name by deed poll costs

Costs for change of name by deed poll in Tanzania is divided into two folds

  • Preparation cost (paid to a person who will draft a deed poll for you)
  • Registration costs (paid to the registrar of Documents)

The following are the actual costs

  • Preparation cost ranges from Tsh 30,000 and above (depending on the person who drafts it)
  • Registration costs (Tsh. 32,000 / 4 copies) may be higher depending on the number of copies you want to be registered. The registration is subject to change from time to time. Fika ofisi ya Ardhi ujue bei iliyopo sasa.
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Change of name by deed poll sample #1

DEED POLL 

By this deed of change of name made by myself the undersigned NEW NAME of YOUR ADDRESS formerly known as OLD NAME.

Hereby declare as follows:

  1. I absolutely and entirely renounce, relinquish, and abandon the use of my former name of OLD NAME and assume, adopt, and determine to take and use from the date hereof the name of NEW NAME in substitution for my former name of OLD NAME.
  2. I shall at all times hereafter in all records, deeds, documents, and other writings and in all actions and proceedings, as well as in all dealings and transactions and on all occasions whatsoever use and subscribe the said name of NEW NAME as my name, in substitution for my former name of OLD NAME so relinquished as aforesaid to the intent that I may hereafter be called, known or distinguished by the name of NEW NAME only and not by my former name of OLD NAME.
  3. I authorize and require all persons at all times to designate, describe, and address me by the adopted name of NEW NAME.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my adopted and substituted forenames of NEW FORENAMES and my surname of NEW SURNAME and also my said the former name of OLD NAME.

Dated this_____day of____________in the year______.

Signed as a deed
by the above-named

NEW NAME __________________

Formerly known as OLD NAME ____________________

In the presence of ________________________

Address _______________________________

Occupation _____________________________

Witness signature __________________________

Deed Poll Sample #2

DEED POLL

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This change of name deed made this 10 day of November 20… by me, the undersigned now, or lately called John Michael Strain, a Tanzanian citizen and it is hereby declared as follows: –

  1. I absolutely and entirely renounce, relinquish and abandon the use of my said former name of John Michael Strain and assume, adopt, and determine to take and use from the date hereof, the name of Michael Michael Strain in substitution for my former name of John Michael Strain
  2. I shall at all times hereafter in all records, deeds, documents, and other writing and in all actions and proceedings as well as in all dealings and transactions and on all occasions whatsoever use and subscribe the said name of Michael Michael Strain as my name in substitution for my former name of John Michael Strain so relinquished as aforesaid to the intent that I may hereafter be called and known or distinguished not by the former name ofJohn Michael Strain but by the name of Michael Michael Strain
  3. I authorize and require all persons at all times to designate, describe and address me by the adopted name of Michael Michael Strain

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my adopted and substituted names of Michael Michael Strain

Signed and Delivered by the above-named Michael Michael Strain Formerly known as John Michael Strain

This 10 day of November 2021

BEFORE ME:

Name Alyce Johnson

Designation: Commissioner for oath

Signature: ___________________

Date:

Deed Poll Sample pdf download

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