1.   Short title


   2.   Penalty for change of surname without authority


   3.   Exceptions


   4.   Applications to the Minister


   5.   Minor children of an applicant


   6.   Penalty for use of unauthorized surname


   7.   Regulations



Law 28, 1963,
L.N. 28, 1965,
L.N. 84, 1966,
Act 44, 1968.

An Act to restrict and regulate the right of any person to assume a surname and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 31st December, 1963]


1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Change of Name Act.


2.   Penalty for change of surname without authority

   (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, no person who at any time bore or was known by a particular surname shall assume or describe himself or pass under any other surname (other than a surname which he had assumed or by which he had described himself or under which he had passed before the commencement of this Act) unless the Minister has-


   (a)   authorized him to assume that other surname; and


   (b)   caused a copy of that authorization to be published in the Gazette.

   (2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding P200.

   (3) A conviction or an acquittal of a person on a charge under subsection (1) of having assumed or described himself by or passed under a particular surname shall not be a bar to a further charge and conviction under that subsection if that person after the first-mentioned conviction or acquittal, again assumes or describes himself by or passes under that surname or any other surname.

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