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How‌ ‌to‌ ‌Change‌ ‌Your‌ ‌Name‌ ‌with‌ ‌NADRA‌ ‌

Do you want to change your legal name? If that’s the case, your first step should be to notify the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) by modifying your Computerized National Identity Card. Owing to its sensitive nature, NADRA name change procedure must be handled with utmost care and caution.  

Since not a lot of people are familiar with the NADRA policy for change of name, we have put together a step-by-step guide that lists all the required documents, procedure, fees and other details. 

Let’s start with thedocuments you will need for the change of name in NADRA.


NADRA name change affidavit
Obtaining an affidavit is the most important part of this process

These are the documents you must acquire to change your legal name with NADRA.

  • NADRA name change affidavit on PKR 50 stamp paper, attested by Oath commissioner
  • Certificate from Dar-Ul-Afta (in case of religion change only)
  • Original CNIC, SCNIC or NICOP

The applicant must visit the NADRA centre in person along with a blood relative for the biometric verification of CNICF. Please note that the applicant can obtain the CNICF, which stands for Computerized National Identity Card Form, when they visit their designated NADRA centre.  

If any blood or immediate relative is not alive, you can get the attestation done for CNICF by a gazetted officer.


how to change your legal name with NADRA
Don’t forget to take your old CNIC or NICOP to the NADRA centre (Credits: NADRA Pak-Identity)

The NADRA name change procedure can be divided into two main steps: 

  1. Obtaining NADRA name change affidavit
  2. Modifying NADRA CNIC

Let’s discuss each of these steps in detail.


Step 1: NADRA has set its own format for this affidavit, which can be downloaded from the official Pak-Identity website launched by the Government of Pakistan. 

Step 2: Once you have downloaded the format, simply enter the required details such as your old name, your new name, the name of your father or husband, as well as your CNIC number. 

Step 3: Print out the Undertaking for Name Change on a PKR 50 stamp paper.

Step 4: Get the affidavit attested by the Oath Commissioner for the change of name on CNIC.


Step 5: Visit the NADRA centre and collect your token.

Step 6: Go to the designated counter once it’s your turn and obtain the CNICF

Step 7: Submit the required documents and complete biometric verification 

Step 8: Hand over your previous CNIC so it can be cancelled. 

Step 9:Pay the fees and collect the receipt 

Step 10: Collect your CNIC from the NADRA centre once you receive the confirmation message.

It is important to clarify that an applicant can only modify their names once. Neither can they revert to their old name or adopt a new one. However, women can legally change their last name in case of marriage or divorce. 

Moreover, if the head of a household modifies his name, the rest of the dependants will have to modify their last names as well.


Here is the fee breakdown for NADRA smart card and NICOP holders.

Category Normal FeeUrgent FeeExecutive Fee
CNIC ModificationPKR 400PKR 1150PKR 2150
NICOP Modification (Zone A)USD 36USD 54USD 72
Smart NICOP Modification (Zone A) USD 39USD 57USD 75
NICOP Modification (Zone B)USD 17USD 27USD 37
Smart NICOP Modification (Zone B)USD 20 USD 30USD 40


NADRA Pakistan Head Office: State Bank of Pakistan Building, Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2, Islamabad.

NADRA Pakistan Helpline: 7000 for subscribers of Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor and Zong | 051-111-786100 for fixed lines and overseas applicants

Hopefully, this guide would have cleared the NADRA name change procedure. If you have any more queries or concerns, you can dial the NADRA helpline for further information. 


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