It is unlikely that you will be able to change the name on any certificates of education or on certificates relating to your professional qualifications, as your certificates are considered to be a “matter of fact”. This is also true of your Birth Certificate, if your birth was registered in England or Wales.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is possible to change the name on your Birth Certificate in certain circumstances. For instance, for adults, it is possible to change your Birth Certificate once you have already been using your new name for at least 2 years. In our opinion, however, there are some disadvantages to changing your name on your Birth Certificate. For instance, you may still want to prove that, in the past, your name was different, and your unchanged Birth Certificate would more easily allow you to do so. If your birth was registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can still change your name by Deed Poll.
For more information related to this topic, please go to the Deed Poll Information list at the top left of this page, and click on “Registration/Certificates”.