Children - What age can children change their name without parental consent? - UK Deed Poll Office

Children – What age can children change their name without parental consent?

Children who are 16 or above can legally change their name without first obtaining anyone’s consent, unless there is a court order in place that overrides this.

A child under the age of 16 can only change their name if everyone with parental responsibility for them gives their consent.  A person with parental responsibility can obtain a Deed Poll for such a child, but in order to put the change of name into effect, for instance by updating the child’s passport, written evidence of the consent of all people with parental responsibility would have to be sent to HM Passport Office.

For further information, please go to the Deed Poll Information list at the top left of this page, and click on “Children” and “Parental Responsibility”.