How to Change Your Name in Sri Lanka (Deed Poll). A deed poll (plural: deeds poll or deed polls) is a legal document binding only to a single person or several persons acting jointly to express an active intention. It is, strictly speaking, not a contract because it binds only one party and expresses an intention instead of a promise. The term “deed”, also known in this context as a “specialty”, is common to signed written undertakings not supported by consideration: the seal (even if not a literal wax seal but only a notional one referred to by the execution formula, “signed, sealed and delivered”, or even merely “executed as a deed”) is deemed to be the consideration necessary to support the obligation. “Poll” is an archaic legal term referring to documents with straight edges; these distinguished a deed binding only one person from one affecting more than a single person (an “indenture“, so named during the time when such agreements would be written out repeatedly on a single sheet, then the copies separated by being irregularly torn or cut, i.e. “indented”, so that each party had a document with corresponding tears, to discourage forgery).
People choose to change their name for a variety of reasons. Maybe you just want to change the spelling of your name, you don’t like the name your parents gave you, you want to get rid of your middle name, you want to remove any family associations, or maybe you just want a change. You can legally change your first name, middle name or surname, or any combination of those.
Fee chargeable is Rs. 50.00
Step by Step Procedure to Change Your Name in Sri Lanka (Deed Poll)
- Applicant can obtain a valid application form from the Counter or Divisional Registrar Office.
- Fill the application with the applicant
- When the age is less than 07 years, complete clause 27 of the B9 declaration form and submit it with the documents.
- When the age is over seven and less than 21 years, complete clause 27 of the B9 declaration form and submit it with the documents.
- When the age is over 21 years, complete the clause 27 Declaration form B-10 and submit along with the documents.
- Applicant prepares support documents listed in the “Required Documents” section of this page.
- The filled application form is handed over to the Divisional Secretary’s Office or to Registrar of the Divisional Secretariat by mail. The application should be handed over in person or postage stamped with the stamp.
- Check the validity of the application received and the support letters received by the Divisional Secretariat.
- Applicant receives a new birth certificate by post.
If the applicant is less than 21 years of age
- Application letter
- A copy of the parents’ marriage certificate
- A copy of the birth certificate currently used
- Mother’s / father’s birth certificates
- Parent’s marriage certificates
- A letter from the Grama Niladari
- If the applicant goes to school, a letter from the school
- Letter from the mother / father / s
If the applicant is over 21 years of age, the following should be submitted.
- Notice of the newspaper
- Certified by a Grama Niladari
- If you have copies of birth certificates of your brothers and sisters (if any)
- If children have been married , marriage certificates and birth certificates are required (if married)
- Electoral registers
- Bank documents
- Work certificates
- If you have paid for the change of name, those bills
- Other Proof of Documents
Registrar General’s Department Office Contacts
Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha,
Phone: +94-11-2889488 / +94-11-2889489
Fax: +94 112 889 491
District and Divisional Secretariat Portal
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