Man denied passport over his ‘offensive’ name

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A man has been denied a new passport after the Home Office decided his name was ‘offensive’.

The former squaddie changed his name by deed poll in 2016, and managed to get a driving licence with it.

After successfully applying for this, he thought getting a new passport wouldn’t be an issue, but when he applied for a new one this year he was rejected because his name ‘may cause offence’.

Kenny, 33, changed his surname to Fu-Kennard ‘for a laugh’, but the joke backfired when HM Passport Office refused him a new passport three times, and they won’t back down.

The supermarket worker, whose surname used to be Kennard, says he doesn't want to change his name again, and now faces a lifetime confined to the UK.

Kenny said:

I'd decided to change my name to Fu-Kennard a few years back. When I'd had to apply for a driving licence, it was accepted fine, so I figured it wouldn't make much difference in applying for a passport. How wrong I was. I got refused on grounds that my name could cause offence or was vulgar. So I complained, but they upheld their decision so I complained again. I was then told they'd keep the fee for administration costs… Now I'm skint with no passport, like a prisoner in my own country.

The Home Office rejected his application in May, June and July this year, under Section 2 of its policy which states ‘names that may cause outrage or offence’ could be classed as unacceptable for a passport.

They include:

the use of swear words; sexually explicit references; inappropriate religious connotation; is vulgar, offensive, or libellous to an individual; makes use of a name of a person living or dead which may cause public concern… This applies to phonetic, as well as actual use of words comprising of part or the entire name.

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