29.09.2022

Renaming areas: to whom and how to change documents

Dnipropetrovsk and Kirovograd regions are likely to change their names soon – respectively, to Sicheslav and Kropyvnytsky. The Committee on State Construction, Regional Policy and Local Government of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the proposal for such a renaming.

The lawyer of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Sergey Ryabenko explained in a comment to Channel 24, this time the difference from other renaming within the framework of decommunization is that the renaming of regions requires amendments to article 133 of the Constitution.

This will be done not by a resolution of the Verkhovna Rada, but by adopting two bills – first in the first reading, then the documents will be sent to the Constitutional Court, and after its conclusion that these bills are consistent with the Constitution, these laws should be approved more at the next session of the Verkhovna Rada 300 votes of deputies.

What to do state institutions

State bodies will have to bring the names of oblast and rayon state administrations and corresponding administrations, structural divisions of these administrations, local self-government bodies to the new name of oblasts.

The corresponding procedure for renaming local state administrations has already been established; last year, corresponding amendments were made to the law on local state administrations. And many local authorities have already passed this procedure.

The local council and its executive committee must submit to the state registrar a completed application for state registration of changes in information about the legal entity contained in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, individuals – entrepreneurs and public groups. The form of this application was approved by order of the Ministry of Justice dated 06.01.2016 No. 15/5 (the form can also be downloaded from the Ministry of Justice website).

Other executive bodies of the local council must submit another decision of the council to rename such an executive body. The state registrar does not require more documents. Part six of Section 36 of the Law on State Registration determines that local authorities and state bodies are exempted from paying the administrative fee for state registration.

The registrar considers the submitted documents within 24 hours from the moment of their receipt (weekends and holidays are not considered). If everything is drawn up correctly, the state registrar makes the appropriate changes to the Unified State Register and issues an extract. Then the local councils, their executive bodies, territorial divisions of state bodies can be considered renamed. You can change seals, stamps, tablets on administrative buildings, produce new forms and the like.

Territorial units of state bodies, such as the National Police, emergency services, education, health, social welfare, Pension Fund and others – if they have the status of legal entities – regarding their creation, liquidation or reorganization, by law, the responsible Cabinet of Ministers Ukraine, therefore, he will make the appropriate decision. If the bodies are structural units of the apparatus of a particular ministry or other executive authority, the renaming will be carried out by the head of the relevant ministry or service.

What documents to change for citizens

Chairman of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Vladimir Vyatrovich explained – to run away and urgently change documents, in particular, put a new mark on the place of registration in the passport, if the name of the street, city, region has changed, is not required. “Unless in the case when the totalitarian name in the document completely annoys you,” the historian said.

Corresponding changes, according to Ukrainian legislation, can be made when it is convenient for a citizen – when changing his place of residence or, for example, when changing a photograph in a passport. The state duty for a stamp with a new address in the passport office is 85 kopecks.

Also, the legislation of Ukraine does not provide for deadlines for changing other documents in case of renaming. The ownership documents for apartments, houses, land and any property where the old names are indicated remain valid. Changes must be made at the request of the owner or in the case of the sale, donation, registration of the estate. Moreover, these services will not require additional payment – the buyer and seller will pay the notary the same amount as if the name had not changed.

For car owners, changing the name of the region does not mean changing the place of residence – this is not a reason for re-registering the vehicle and making changes to the data sheet. But the corresponding changes can be made in case of sale, gift. Here, too – no additional fees.

If an official insists on changing license plates or technical standards due to renaming, this is corruption, Vyatrovich says.

How to act entrepreneurs

They need to amend the statutory documents. But this procedure under the current legislation is free of charge – there is no administrative fee or payment for notary services (notarization of signatures on the charter is canceled).

An individual entrepreneur (FLP) must make changes about his new address to the Unified State Register – this will also be free.

Recall, on June 20, the Verkhovna Rada Committee supported the proposal to rename the Dnipropetrovsk region to Sicheslavsky, and the Kirovograd region to Kropyvnytsky.

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