How To Amend or Change Name/Date of Birth in WAEC Result 2024

How to Change Name/Date of Birth in WAEC Result: WAEC understands that their candidates are all human beings, and they can make mistakes sometimes. This is why the examination body made it possible for students who entered wrong names/dates of birth during registration to change it without any problem.

Having a wrong name or date of birth in any of your certificate is capable of rendering that certificate useless. For instance, it is impossible to gain admission into any local or foreign institution that requires WAEC certificate, if your name in both your certificate of birth and your WAEC certificate does not tally.

Not only is it important that the names in your certificate must be correct. It is also very important that they follow the same sequence. So you see, the chances of making mistake is even very high if you are not careful enough.

Well, thank God that WAEC now allows for correction of results. In this short tutorial, i will be showing you how to change your name/date of birth in WAEC certificate. This applies to both WAEC GCE results and school results.

How To Change Name/Date of Birth in WAEC Result
How To Change Name/Date of Birth in WAEC Result

Note that i am not trying to brainstorm a solution for students who have wrong names and date of birth in this post. Everything here has been certified by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). To be frank, i got this solution from the Twitter handle of WAEC when they where answering questions of students.

So don’t panic. This is the best and most reliable solution if you have wrong name/date of birth in your WAEC certificate. Now here we go!

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Can i still change my Date of Birth in WAEC result?

Currently, the answer is No. WAEC officially stopped changing of Dates of Birth in November 2019. Nobody actually knows their reason for doing that, but the truth is that, as at the time this article was updated (July, 2024), the West African Examination Council does not listen to students coming to complain of wrong date of birth in their certificate.

Below is a tweet by WAEC which corroborates the above information.

But that shouldn’t scare you anyway, there are some solutions that can actually help you out now that it has stopped.

Solution 1: If the mistake is something that can be solved with a Court Affidavit, I personally advise that you get a court Affidavit to correct it. Simply go to any High Court nearest to you and get an Affidavit. It is important to note that court affidavits are not accepted in some case, but if it works for you FINE. 

Solution 2: Contact any WAEC officials to see if your case is exceptional. This may not work for you, but “there is no harm in trying”. Just go to an WAEC office for more enquiry or simply contact the author ot this work.

Amendment of name in WAEC Certificate

Recently I found out that candidates can amend errors in their names in their WAEC certificates by following the stipulated procedures by WAEC. This was officially confirmed by WAEC on Twitter when replying to a lady that wanted to amend the name in her WAEC certificate.

Requirements for WAEC change of name

Below are the things you need to change your name/date of birth in WAEC result:

Birth Certificate (Original must be sighted by a WAEC Staff when submitting your request): First and most importantly, you need to get your certificate of birth showing your name (s) clearly. It is very important because you cannot do without it. In fact, it is the first thing they will ask from you.

Administrative Fee of N10,000: Whether you are applying for a change of name or date of birth, you will be expected to pay an administrative fee of N10,000 only. Don’t worry if you want to do both change of name and date of birth. You only need to pay once.

A Letter of Application: You have to write a formal letter to WAEC, requesting for a change of name or date of birth (as the case may be). Remember, it must be a formal letter or else, your application will be rejected.

An Affidavit: You will also need an Affidavit from any high court in Nigeria. Just go to the high court in your state and apply to a for an affidavit of a change of name.

Original WAEC certificate to be corrected: Lastly, you need to submit the certificate you want them to correct. If possible, get your original WAEC certificate.

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How long does change name/date of birth in WAEC result take?

It will take about 6 months or more for WAEC to change your name or date of birth in your WAEC result or certificate. After following the steps given below, you will be asked to come back later. It is advisable to subsequently check their office to know when the result will be ready.

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What kind of error is allowed to be corrected accordingly to WAEC?

According to the official WAEC Twitter account, complete change of name is not allowed by the examination body. Only initials and mistakes in not more than three letters will be allowed for candidates who wants to make ammendment in their certificate.

Requirements for changing of name on a WAEC result
Requirements for changing of name on a WAEC result

What this means is that, Addition or substitution of name is not possible. below is the official tweet from WAEC.

Do you need your NIN to change name in WAEC result?

Well it depends. Recently, students especially in Nigeria are required to get their National Identification Number (NIN) before proceeding to register for examinations like WAEC and JAMB. So if you are one of those that used your NIN to register, you might be required to provide it to show the correct name that will be changed.

How to Correct Name and Date of Birth on WAEC Result
How to Correct Name and Date of Birth on WAEC Result

On the other hand, if you registered for WAEC long time ago, it will be unnecessary for you to bring it because you probably did not even use it during the registration. So, to be on a safe side, go to waec with your NIN if it shows the actual and correct name that is supposed to be in your certificate.

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How to change name/date of birth in WAEC results

First and foremost, it is important to note that the steps to take if you want to change your name/date of birth in WAEC result depends on whether you are a private candidate or school candidate. But don’t worry, i will show you the procedure for both cases in this post.

If you are a private candidate (GCE), WAEC requires that you send your request for an amendment to WAEC directly. To do this;

  • Go to the biggest WAEC office near you.
  • Inform any of the staff that you want to correct an error in your WAEC certificate.
  • Submit your original birth certificate, affidavit, WAEC certificate, Letter of Application and your N10,000 to them.
  • Now you will be told to come back later and get the corrected result.

Usually, when you ask them when the certificate will be ready, they tell you one year or more. But don’t worry because it may not take up to that time. Just make sure that you check up on them always.

Now, for school candidate. The process of changing your name/date of birth is very different from that of private candidates. In my view, it is alot more easier but will cost more money.

  • Candidates are required to submit their documents to their school principal who will make the request on their behalf.
  • Simply go to the school where you took your WAEC exam
  • Inform the school principal that a mistake was made in your WAEC result and that you wish to rectify the problem.
  • Provide all the requirements mentioned at the beginning of this tutorial.
  • The school principal might ask you to pay some money. Pay the required sum and that is all.

What to do if you want to use the result for something very quickly

If you wany to apply for admission or anything very important to you and don’t want to wait for one year because that opportunity will elapse, i recommend that you request for WAEC attestation of result.

What you need to do is to tell them that you lost your WAEC certificate and you need an attestation of result. During the application, tell them the correct name or date of birth you want to be on the result.

READ MY POST on how to retrieve lost WAEC certificate and get an attestation of result here.

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In conclusion, i must also state that you can’t successfully change your name/date of birth in WAEC result/certificate without any of the requirements mentioned above.

I hope you were able to change your change your name and date of birth after following the instructions given here. Kindly send your questions using the comment section below. I will also be glad if you make your contributions and share your experience with others here.

This Post Has 85 Comments

  1. Kafayat

    I just discovered that the date of birth on my certificate is wrong and I need it to be corrected within two or three weeks because I need it very urgent not the attestation. Pls what can I do

  2. Rasheed

    Pls like how many days attestation of waec will take. Thanks

  3. Oliver mutbis oliver

    Pls I have two waec which have different name and I want to make use of the two for admission what will I do plz am confused

  4. Mihzmjezzy

    I went to waec office at ikorodu to collect my result and there was an error on my date of birth. I was told waec don’t correct errors anymore. Please what should I do?

  5. Onawhare Emuejeabo-oghene Grace

    Pls the date of birth in my certificate is wrong. I’ve gone to waec office and they no longer change.. What should I do and I need it urgently in school (university).

  6. Edeh Chukwuemeka Samuel, Ch.MC

    If you need it urgently, apply for attestation of result and change the date of birth during the process. Attestation of result is usually faster.

  7. Nweke c

    Good day mr Admini, please can I change my DOB with attestation of birth certificate given to me by Nigeria population commission(NPC)?

  8. Emma

    Yes you can

  9. Auspicious

    Have also gone to the waec office …I was told they have placed embargo on the correction of date of birth since 2017…..was madly confused ….hope I won’t sit for another exam

  10. prisca

    Comment Text*
    I’m in Ghana and I made a mistake in my date of birth what should I do now


    Please sir/madam i have problem in my waec name because i have two result both have erro in typing please I need to change .insted of SHAMSUNDEEN MAIGARI it’s writhing SHAMSUMDEEN MAIGARI while other carrysSHAMSUDEEN MAIGARI please help sir/mada thanks.

  12. Owolola motuntayo

    How may you help me because am in a big serious situation and I think I will get help from you sir………I want to combine my waec with neco together and their middle name is different sir…..I need it very urgent

  13. master Okafor

    Comment Text* if I don’t have the waec results nkor

  14. St

    Good morning Sir, I went to waec office to correct DOB on my waec certificate. But they said they are not correcting it any more.. Please what can I do.

  15. Ada Jesus

    Hi good evening, please I need to know the particular office that can do the change of date of birth because many waec offices are saying they don’t do it anylonger and I need mine as soon as possible.

  16. Oyetona demola Richard

    Good day pls the name I use in waec is not exactly the name I use in jamb like oyetona ademola Richards,oyetona demola Richard will I be given admission

  17. Azeez

    I have a different last name on my Olevel result and jamb result and I have been using d waec gce now since over7years And I have been backing d result with an avidavit and im done with my HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA but now im afraid,I registered for d Nysc form now I hope nothing will happen


    i also found out that my date of birth on my waec is not the same with that of my primary & other documents please i need someone to help me out on how to go about it.

  19. Barisi God's power

    Hi guys, i want to use this medium to appreciate Mr. Frank Omorogbe and also tell anyone that want to upgrade his/her result to please contact him on: 08159058141, for scam security reasons. He was the one that help me to upgrade mine from 170 to 250 last year without any stress or delay. I wish you all the best as you contact him today. Thanks.

  20. ekpenyong edem Ekpo

    Thanks am grateful. After the correction of my date of birth, I was already placed on exception from jamb. Is there any way I can still go for nysc. It was WAEC that added 2years to my age

  21. Aminu Umar Mande

    Sir I think I would get help from u
    I have waec and neco result and I want to combine the two for my admission but the middle name is different what should I do Sir.

  22. Chigozie

    Some corrections my result

  23. Azeez Nimat

    I made a mistake in the name I used for my waec and jamb and have been in university for 3 years now, I also used the same name to gain admission, can it still be changed in my school, waec and jamb and won’t it affect my nysc. Please I need to get this done as soon as possible because I don’t want my parents to know about it. Thanks

  24. Ndidi amaka

    Pls I registered waec in another school and am writing it now but they made mistake in my name and since this is not my alma mater what should I do pls help cos I want to make use of it next year for jamb

  25. Balogun Ibrahim Adewale

    Good Day sir,
    Re: Correction if Date of Birth on Waec Certificate. Help !!!
    Plsssss How can I change my G.C.E Date of Birth. I used 1983. Instead of 1985 because by error in computer quick. Plsssss Help n what should I do. Thank you for your understanding and hope to read from you soon. God bless you

  26. Hi Balogun Ibrahim Adewale

    WAEC has officially stop date of birth. You can only change your name currently. I recommend that you check WAEC’s official Twitter handle for more information.

  27. Vicky

    Hello Mr Edeh, I saw you spoke about attestation, will attestation change the date of birth on the waec certificate in a case where the date of birth used previously was wrong.

  28. Christopher

    Please i made a mistake in my waec date of birth and am in my 300l in the can I change it..if I can’t change it,do you think it will affect me in school.. please I need your help

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  30. Esther

    good day admin, my middle name on my waec is wrong, and its giving me issues in securing an admission, please it urgent what can i do

  31. Sanni Zainab

    How may you help me because am in a big serious situation and I think I will get help from you sir………I want to combine my waec with waec gce together and their middle name is different sir…..I need it very urgent

  32. Alabi Victor

    Pls I need ur help.
    I registered for gce 2020 with a different name from that on my birth certificate.
    The exam is yet to be sat for.
    Can waec change these name before certificate is issued.

  33. Mmaduabuchi Stephen

    Good day everyone, please I made a mistake on my date of birth please i need to change it as soon as possible, please how can I do that I need help please.

  34. Rebecca

    What if in a situation where the candidate do not have original birth certificate, will Presenting age Declaration suffice ? .. i need to rectify my DBO and it’s imperative i do it urgently. Awaiting your feedback thanks.

  35. John Chuseh Ahmadu

    Good afternoon Mr Edeh Samuel,
    I have an error on my DOB and name arrangement, plss is there any way you can help me on how to go about it, I’m really stranded.
    Thank you so much sir!
    Hoping to hear from you soon!

  36. Folashade

    I’ve difference in name In my waec and Jamb results, will it hinder my admission??

  37. Jacob Christian Adeyi

    Good day mr.Edeh, i have being using a specific date of birth since primary school (although it’s not my real D.O.B) what should i do now to established my real dat of birth? Please sir,help a friend

  38. Uche Domitina

    Good morning sir
    I need to change my DOB on my waec but heard that its no longer possible.
    Please is there anything I can do because its affecting my application for furthering my studies.

  39. Shobanke Damilola simisola

    Good afternoon sir/ma,,,I have issues with my Two WAEC ,,one issue is last name,,the other one is Date of birth,,,pls How can I make corrections


    what does attestation of result means and who is going to issue that

  41. Chiamaka

    Will I be charged for the attestation of the result

  42. Chiamaka

    While doing my Waec registration..I wrote my first name in place of my surname…it needs to be changed please help me

  43. Tenisola Temitope

    Hi, Good day Sir, pls how can I change my DOB on waec , it’s very urgent plssss. I want to use it for international study . Pls help me it’s very urgent sir. Thanks in advance

  44. Anyanwu Victor Ifeanyi

    Hi, good morning Mr Sam, pls there is an error in my waec certificate.
    1.My last name wasn’t there (Ifeanyi), so I don’t know if is necessary or not. But the major ones that’s giving me too much concern is ;
    2. DOB is totally diff. Starting from the day, month and year.
    3. The sex : instead of Male they went and put Female.
    All these are actually caused by waec. Please I need ur help .

  45. Williams sunn

    How do I go about it pls

  46. Abdulrashid Abdu

    Actually , iused 2 names in my result but in my weac result came with 3 names instead of 2 how would I correct it Tobe 2 names instead of 3 pl

  47. Kumil

    Please i complete SHS this 2021 but I have a problem with my DOB and my surname was not correctly spelled, I will need the certificate for admission to university early next year. Please can I do something before the results will be out. I need your help please

  48. TINA

    Without my original certificate out yet can’t I change my name ND date of birth

  49. Hindan Rita

    Good evening sir, pls how do I change my name on my Waec certificate? I want to combine both waec and neco but with different surnames. Pls what do I do?

  50. Adegoke rokibat oluwatobiloba

    Sir I made Mistake in my name on waec and the date of birth ,sir can it still be changed sir

  51. Esonu Orji james

    Please I want to change my birth date in my wace certificate… Please sir can it still be correct

  52. Ogunfolaju abimbola martins

    I need it too

  53. Ozoelo

    Please can you help me to correct my name?

  54. Saint Frank

    Blissful Sunday to you Mr Edeh Samuel.

    Pls mine issue is that, the year in my date of birth is what is disturbing me. The day ‘n’ month in my date of birth is correct, but the year is incorrect. Instead of 1998, waec rather wrote there 1992.

    My pains is that, the examination body “WAEC” are the cause of all this errors. The lack of concerntration, unseriousness, larcadastical attitude ‘n’ negligence by staffs of “WAEC” is what’s causing us pains.

    Are “WAEC” trying to tell us, that they don’t have savers where they save all information bordering on WAEC results/certificates ‘n’ to possibly attend/correct all complains?


    I want to apply direct entry this year, but my waec result, but the date of birth there is an error, i need correct urgently

  56. Akinpelumi

    Hello, were you able to rectify it still?

  57. Emokhare fidelis

    I want to amend my name in my waec result they went to go and write fedelis instead of fidelis. My name is fidelis Emokhare


    Please I’m having issue with my name and I didn’t notice until today and I really need it…please how may you help with my name in waec?ODEDIPE DAMILOLA OLAYINKA but they wrote ODEDIPE DAMILOLA OLAMIDE,please it’s urgent

  59. Roheem Kausara bukola

    Please,I register for jamb and the name on my waec result is not correct,I need it urgently please what to do

  60. Ruthie

    I made a mistake in my in my waec form and I don’t know if it will affect my jamb result pls help me sir

  61. A. Shadrack moses

    Good day sir, pls i need help, i made a mistake in my waec result, instead of AWALA it was omoetan, can i still change it through the procedure u gave?

  62. Destiny

    Please sir I want to change the name in my waec result is it possible.

  63. Isaiah Sunday Oghenekevwe

    Pls sir I want to change my name on my weac result and certificate without any attestation


    Good evening sir, I’m Eghen Chidiebere Blessing. I wrote waec with my name as Eghen Chidiebere but the result came as Iteh Celestine as at 2008. I want to correct it urgently, what do I do?

  65. Anthony ovoke uziewe

    Please the date of birth completely different.
    How do I go about it.

  66. Chinwe

    Please were u able to rectify it?

  67. Isaac lydia

    Pls my dob is not correct, instead of 1995, dey wrote 1994

  68. Gideon akinloye

    I want to change my name on my wace certificate….. why on earth will @waceofficial stop it

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  70. THANKGOD kenechukwu inyiekwe

    There is a mistake in my surname ,the added two latters on it i will like to correct it.

  71. Lankins Z B Davis

    I’m from Liberia, can you please help me in the process? My name on my WAEC certificate is James Zowim Quee.
    I want to change my name to Lankins Z.B.Davis,Sr.

  72. Blessing Bello

    I have the same problem right now.i’d like to know if you got yours settled and if yes,pls how

  73. Kelvin

    Good day, Mr Edeh please there is a slight inconsistency in the name in my waec result and that of my jamb result, please can i change the name in my waec urgently please it’s very important. Thanks

  74. Frank blessing

    Please there was a mistake on the year of birth in WAEC instead of 1989 it was written 1988, please I need help on how to go about it please

  75. JOY Mary

    I want to change my date of birth in my waec certificate I wrote this year 2022

  76. Ken Adogo

    Please I want to change my name in Wace I write since 2017 and date of birth is possibly please can someone help me

  77. Precious

    Sir i made a mistake in my DOB I used 2006 instead of 2005 In my WAEC and I want to write JAMB this year and the DOB i used in my NIN is 2005, sir please can i commence with the JAMB registration , sir please help me am really confused and devasted

  78. lot

    please I wish to change my date of birth on my waec certificate

  79. Raph

    Hi Teni,

    How did you go about solving this issue? I have similar issue.
    Your response would be highly appreciated.

  80. Adeniji Boluwatife Stephen

    My waec date if birth is different from the one on my birth certificate my date of birth is 2005 why waec is 2004 am confused

  81. Mic

    Please how can i get cover letter or letter of attestation from WAEC. I need WAEC to confirm to the company i work with that the name on my certificate is the same as the one i have on my international passport stating that it is juat an abbrevation.


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