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What is a Deed Poll?

A deed poll is not a name change certificate. A deed poll is more of a contact of a person with oneself more often where he/she certifies his/her name change. The only other party signing that contract is the witness. A...

My ex-wife applied for my child’s deed poll. Can I ask for some information regarding the same ?

Unfortunately, if you are not the one who applied for the deed poll. We cannot disclose any information.

Can I withdraw my signature as a witness from a deed poll ?

No, once you have signed the deed poll and the person applying for the deed poll has executed it. It is done and final. There is no way for you to withdraw your signature.

Can I destroy my deed poll to make it invalid ?

If you have already changed your name with an organization with our deed poll, you would need to order a deed poll again to reverse the changes. If you have not changed the name anywhere with the deed poll, you...

Why does your deed poll have provision for signature of only 1 witness instead of 2 as listed on the gov.uk website ?

In normal cases, only 1 witness is required as per the law. The 2nd witness is optional and needed only in complicated cases like nationality change or similar. Also, our deed poll is guaranteed to be accepted by all govt....

Do you emboss your deal on the deed poll ?

Yes, our deed poll is printed on high quality special parchment paper and the legal wafer sticked on the deed poll certificate contains our embossed company seal. Our Deed Poll is guaranteed to be accepted by all govt. bodies and private organizations....

Can I cancel my order and get a refund ?

We can only cancel and refund your order if we have not yet started working on your order. If we have already sent your order, we can issue refund only in the case when the deed poll issued by us...

I am having difficulty paying you the re-issuance fee, any other way ?

1) https://www.ukdeedpolloffice.org/special-payment/ Enter the amount as 10 and click Buy Now, then make the payment with your Paypal/ credit card. 2) https://www.paypal.me/UKDeedPollOffice Click the above link and pay with your credit/debit card or with Paypal account. 3) If you have a Paypal account, you...

Are you a genuine company ?

Please be assured you are in safe hands. We are a govt. registered deed poll service provider company and we have issued thousands of deed polls till now. Our deed poll is guaranteed to be accepted at all govt. offices...

I got the documents you sent but I made an error. What should I do ?

If you have filled wrong details while ordering, we can issue you another deed poll with correct details. However, it would incur a £10 re-issuance fee for you. You can make the payment of £10 re-issuance fee here- https://www.ukdeedpolloffice.org/special-payment/

What is the process ?

Once you receive the documents, you need to sign it along with a witness and then notify all the bodies and record holders like HM Passport Office, DVLA, Employers, Utility Companies, Doctor, Banks, etc. about your change of name. The...

I am not divorced yet, can I still change my name back to my maiden name?

Yes, you can still change your name. You have the legal right to be known by the name you prefer irrespective of your marital status. You can change your name back to your maiden name or any other name even...

Will my credit rating be affected if I change my name by Deed Poll?

There is no effect on your credit history. Whenever you will out an application form for a loan etc, it would ask you to fill out a former name if any. This is usually done to be able to track...

I am a male-to-female transsexual and wish to change my name by Deed Poll. Will I be able to use the title Miss or Ms?

Yes, you can definitely change your title to any title you may like. You can simply select the new title while applying for a deed poll with us. You need to make sure to get the title changes in all...

Can I have Lord or Sir as my first name?

Use of titles such as Sir, Lord, Lady, Baron etc. are not acceptable. This generally represents an inherited honor or rank. Any applications with such titles will not be accepted.

I want to change my name but I want to continue using my existing name at work because I have built up a good reputation over the years with my clients. Can I do this?

Yes, you may use your former name. You just need to make sure that your employer is aware and agrees to this. Mostly, employers do not have any issues with this as far as it is in their benefit. This...

What is the difference between a Statutory Declaration and a Deed Poll?

The purpose behind a statutory declaration and a deed poll are the same. However, statutory declaration is less know and much more difficult to obtain. Statutory declaration has a complicated process where the person needs to take an oath in...

My current passport contains a visa. If I change my name by Deed Poll, and apply for a new passport, will I still be able to use the visa?

Some visas will automatically expire when your passport is renewed.  You should check with the relevant Embassy what happens to their visas, and if they still require you to have a visa before they will allow you to travel there. ...

I want to add two middle names to my name. Can I do that?

Yes, you can add however many names you like to your name.  However, you should be aware that HM Passport Office can only print a maximum of 30 characters as your Christian name (and this includes your middle names), and...

I look after a friend’s child and have been doing so for a long time. Can I apply for a Deed Poll for them?

If you are looking after a child that is not your own, you should first consult with the child’s parents.  The circumstances will depend upon the age of the child and the degree of involvement that you have had in...

I am a foster carer, and my foster child would like to change their name. Can I apply for a Deed Poll for them?

You should look at your child’s Essential Information Record (“EIR”), to find out who has Parental Responsibility for your child.  If you do not have the EIR, you should talk to your social worker.  You must have a letter of...

Can I use Tippex/correction fluid to correct a mistake I made on my Deed Poll?

No, you cannot use Tippex/correction fluid on your Deed Poll without invalidating it.  This is because those organisations that you need to notify of your change of name, may not accept that a Deed Poll in such a condition is...

I live in a block of flats. Can somebody who also lives in my flats, and who is not related to me, be my witness?

No, this may invalidate your Deed Poll and when you notify organisations of your change of name, they may not accept your Deed Poll.  If you have not yet executed your Deed Poll, we advise that you find someone else...

If my witness is a student, can they put “student” as their “Occupation” on my Deed Poll?

Yes, if your witness is a student, they should just write “student” as their occupation on your Deed Poll.

If my witness is unemployed, what should they put for “Occupation” on my Deed Poll?

If your witness is unemployed, they can still be your witness, and they should just write “unemployed” as their occupation on your Deed Poll.

If I make a mistake on my Deed Poll, or my witness makes a mistake, what should I do?

You should not use Tippex or a correction fluid to try to correct any mistake made by either you or your witness, as this will invalidate your Deed Poll.  However, if you ordered duplicate copies from us, you can use...

What does my witness have to do after I have signed the Deed Poll?

After you have signed and dated the Deed Poll, your witness should also sign it, and add their address and occupation.  Full instructions on execution (signing, dating and witnessing) of your Deed will be sent to you with your Deed. ...

Who should be my witness if I am not a UK national, but I live in the UK and want to change my name on my UK records?

You should check in London with the Embassy or High Commission of your home country, as they may stipulate that your Deed Poll must be witnessed by a solicitor or Notary Public, for it to be effective in your home...

Who should be my witness if I am a UK national, and I live in Jersey?

If you live in Jersey, slightly different rules will apply to your Deed Poll.  If you need to update your passport by going to the Passport Office in Jersey, they may require you to have your signature witnessed by a...

Who should be my witness if I am a UK national, but I live outside the UK?

If you live outside the UK, your witness should be a lawyer or Notary Public.  You should take your Deed Poll to a lawyer or Notary Public before you have signed or dated the Deed Poll, and ask them to...

How do I sign my child’s Deed Poll?

You should sign your child’s Deed Poll at the place indicated near the bottom of the page.  If your child’s other parent is also signing the Deed Poll, and you ticked the relevant box on application, and provided their address,...

How do I sign my Deed Poll?

If you have applied for an adult Deed Poll, you should sign your Deed in both your old signature and your new signature at the places indicated near the bottom of the page.  Your witness should also sign your Deed...

I have changed my name by Deed Poll. Can I change my National Insurance number?

No, you cannot change your National Insurance number, but you should notify the HMRC of your change of name, and ask them to update their records, and especially in relation to your NI number.  You can do this by going...

I have applied for a Deed Poll. How do I change the name on my school certificates?

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...

When I registered my child’s birth at the Register Office in England, I made a mistake in the “parent’s occupation” I gave. Can I put it right?

Yes, in England and Wales, if it is a simple mistake, such as giving the wrong address, birthplace, or parent’s occupation, you should contact the Register Office where you registered your child’s birth.  If, however, you made a more substantial...

I am a man and I am separated from my wife, but the children live with me. Can I change my children’s surname?

If your children are younger than 16 years old and you were previously married, it is likely that you can only change your children’s names if your wife consents.  In order to change your children’s names, you must have Parental...

I want to change my middle name. How do I do that?

You can easily change your name by applying for a Deed Poll with us.  Just click on the “Apply for a Deed Poll” tab at the top of this page, and give the necessary details by following the pages that...

I have some queries about changing my name. How do I contact you?

You can contact us by e-mail at support@ukdeedpolloffice.org or post to UK Deed Poll Online Office Ltd, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX.

I have applied for a Deed Poll. How do I change the name on my birth certificate?

In England and Wales, you can only change the name on your birth certificate in very limited circumstances, as your birth certificate is considered to be a “matter of fact”.  In Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is possible to change...

When I registered my child’s birth at the Register Office in England, I made a mistake in the address I gave. Can I put it right?

Yes, in England and Wales, if it is a simple mistake, such as giving the wrong address, birthplace, or parent’s occupation, you should contact the Register Office where you registered your child’s birth.  If, however, you made a more substantial...

I want to change the birth certificate of my child, as I have now married her biological father. Can I, and, if so, how do I do it?

Yes, you can do that by contacting the General Register Office by e-mail to corrections.re-reg@gro.gsi.gov.uk  or by telephone on 0300 123 1837, and their opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm, and Saturday 9 am to...

If I am an immigrant living in the UK, can I apply for a Deed Poll?

Yes, you can apply for a Deed Poll, but you must ensure that you notify all relevant organisations in the UK of your change of name.  If, for instance, you have applied for asylum or made any other such applications,...

If I am a foreign national, living in the UK, can I apply for a Deed Poll?

Yes, you can apply for a Deed Poll and this will be effective in respect of all organisations in the UK.  However, you will have to find out what the requirements are in your country of origin, because, in order...

I want to give a friend a present of a Deed Poll. Can I apply on behalf of another adult, and can the Deed Poll come to their address and be a complete surprise?

Yes, you can apply for a Deed Poll for a friend, if you think that they want to change their name.  If you want us to send the Deed Poll and documents directly to them, we would advise that you...

If I am in debt, can I change my name?

Yes, you can change your name by Deed Poll, but it does not mean that you no longer have to pay your debts.  In fact, under the law you must notify every creditor of your change of name.  It is...

If I have a mental impairment or incapacity, can I change my name by Deed Poll?

You can only change your name by Deed Poll if you have the mental capacity to understand what the implications are.  If you do not have such mental capacity, any name change will be deemed void.  For further information about...

If I am an undischarged bankrupt or subject to a Debt Relief Order, can I change my name by Deed Poll?

Yes, you can change your name by Deed Poll, however, you must ensure that you notify the Official Receiver that you have done so.  Also, if you are self-employed and you want to continue to be in the same trade,...

I am in prison. Can I change my name by Deed Poll?

Yes, you can change your name by Deed Poll, however, it may be prudent to notify your prison governor of your intention to change your name, as you will need to be able to sign, date and witness your Deed...

If I change my child’s name, who do I have to notify?

If you change your child’s name by Deed Poll, you should notify all relevant people of their change of name, otherwise the name change may not be effective.  When we send you your child’s Deed Poll, we will also send...

Somebody told me that I can change my surname to my boyfriend’s surname. Is that true, and if so, how do I do it?

Yes, you can do that by changing your name by Deed Poll with us.  You can also change your title to “Mrs”, if you want to, as this is only what is called a “social” title in the UK.  However,...

Can I notify everyone of my change of name by sending out photocopies of my Deed Poll instead of sending the original?

Most record-holders will require you to send them the original Deed Poll – a photocopy will often not be sufficient.  As a result, we will provide you with “duplicate copies” for an extra £1 each and most of our customers...

Do I need to get a solicitor to witness my Deed Poll?

Usually you will not have to have a solicitor to witness your Deed Poll.  In some circumstances, however, you will need a solicitor to witness your Deed Poll, or “certify” it, if it has already been signed, dated and witnessed. ...

Can I change my child’s name without the father’s consent?

If your child is under 16 years old, potentially both parents will have to consent to a change in the child’s name.  In certain circumstances, however, you can change your child’s name without the child’s “legal” father’s consent.  The first...

I’m getting married abroad and I’ve been told that I have to get my Deed Poll legalised. How do I do that?

Documents generally have to be “legalised” when they have to be used and recognised abroad.  This is most likely to apply to a Deed Poll when people are getting married abroad, or when foreign nationals who are living in the...

I don’t want to marry my boyfriend, but I would like to change my name to Mrs, so that it looks as if we are married. Can I do that?

Yes, when applying for a Deed Poll with us, it is possible to change your name to Mrs, as this is only what is called a “social” title in the UK.  However, if you are ever asked to give your...

Registration – How do I change the name on my birth certificate?

In England and Wales, you can only change the name on your birth certificate in very limited circumstances, as your birth certificate is considered to be a “matter of fact”.  In Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is possible to change...

Marriage – I’ve just got married and I want to take my husband’s surname, but I also want to keep using my maiden name at work. Can I do that?

Yes you can do that, and you will not need to apply for a Deed Poll to change your name and use your husband’s surname, as long as you are not changing your husband's surname in any way.  However, you...

Same-Sex Marriage – I entered into a Same-Sex Marriage and I want to take my partner’s surname instead of my original surname. Do I need a Deed Poll?

No, you will not need to apply for a Deed Poll, as long as you want to simply change your surname to be the same as your partner's current surname, and this is reflected in your Marriage Certificate.  If you...

Same-Sex Marriage – I entered into a Same-Sex Marriage and we would both like to double-barrel our surnames. Do I need a Deed Poll?

Yes, you will both need to apply for a Deed Poll in order to change your names.  Once you have your Deed Polls, you will both need to send them, along with your original Marriage Certificate and other relevant documents...

Civil Partnership – I entered into a Civil Partnership and my partner and I want to double-barrel our surnames. Do I need a Deed Poll?

Yes, you will both need to apply for a Deed Poll in order to change your names.  Once you have your Deed Polls, you will both need to send them, along with your original Marriage Certificate and other relevant documents...

Civil Partnership – I entered into a Civil Partnership and my partner and I both double-barrelled our surnames by Deed Poll. We have now dissolved our Civil Partnership. How do I change my name back to my birth name?

You will need to apply for a Deed Poll to change your name back to your birth name.  You will have to send to record-holders, your original Civil Partnership Certificate, the original Final Order of Dissolution (the equivalent of a...

Civil Partnership – My partner and I have dissolved our Civil Partnership. How do I change my name back to my birth name?

If you have an official Final Order of dissolution of your Civil Partnership (the equivalent of a “decree absolute” in divorces between married couples), and you did not need a Deed Poll to change your surname to your partner’s surname,...

Marriage – I was married some time ago and although I did not then change my name, I do now want to change my name. How do I do this?

You will not need to apply for a Deed Poll if you simply want to take your husband’s surname instead of your current surname.  As long as you have not changed your name since birth, all you will need is...

Marriage – I am a man, and after my marriage, I want to take my wife’s surname as my surname. How do I do this?

You will need to apply for a Deed Poll, as there is not yet any gender-equality in this respect.  Record-holders, including HM Passport Office, will not accept your Marriage Certificate as sufficient evidence of your change of name, although they...

Marriage – After my marriage, how do I change my name to incorporate my maiden name as a new middle name, and my husband’s surname as my surname?

You will need to apply for a Deed Poll, as many record-holders, including HM Passport Office, will not accept your Marriage Certificate as sufficient evidence of your change of name.  Once you have your Deed Poll, you should ensure that...

Marriage – After my marriage, how do I change my surname from my maiden name to a surname that is an amalgamation of my surname and my husband’s surname?

You will need to apply for a Deed Poll and so will your husband, if he also intends to take this new surname.  This is because many record-holders, including HM Passport Office, will not accept your Marriage Certificate as sufficient...

Marriage – After my marriage, how do I change my surname from my maiden name to a surname that is double-barrelled with my husband’s surname?

You will need to apply for a Deed Poll, as many record-holders, including HM Passport Office, will not accept your Marriage Certificate as sufficient evidence of your change of name.  Once you have your Deed Poll, you should ensure that...

Marriage – how do I change my surname from my maiden name to my husband’s surname?

You do not need a Deed Poll to simply change your surname from your maiden name to your husband’s surname, provided that you intend to simply adopt your husband's surname, and not a double-barrelled surname or other amalgamation of your...

Why do people change their name?

People change their name for many different reasons.  Set out below are some of those reasons: Because they do not like the name they were given Because their given name is strange or difficult to spell To make a name sound more English To...

Who Do I Tell? – Will I have to tell my employer, or future employer that I used to have a different name?

If your employer, or future employer, asks you directly or through their application form, if you have ever been known by another name, you must tell the truth, or it may affect your employment.  However, in general you will not...

Who Do I Tell? – Who do I need to tell about my change of name?

HM Passport Office, if you need a new passport. DVLA, to change the name on your driving licence. DVLA, to change the name on your vehicle registration document. Banks. Building Societies. Credit Card providers. Store Card providers. Your employer/s, current and former, if you still have a...

Who Do I Tell? – Once I have my Deed Poll, which records should I update first?

You should first update those records that are most important to you.  Most people update their passport first because they view this as being a quasi-identity document.  This may be a good start, as HM Passport Office are renowned for...

Who Do I Tell? – If I’m looking for a job, will I have to tell potential employers about my previous name?

It is likely that potential employers will ask if you had a different name in the past.  This is because they are likely to want to do checks on you.  They may well need to know your previous names, for...

Who Do I Tell? – Do I have to update my CRB check after I’ve changed my name?

Your CRB check is now called a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service).  You will not need to update your CRB/DBS check.  However, if you subsequently apply for a new DBS check, you will be asked to provide details of...

Who Do I Tell? – Can I use my name change to stop someone finding me?

Yes, provided you do not use it for fraudulent purposes, for instance to avoid payment of a debt, you may be able to use your name change to avoid someone finding you.

Who Do I Tell? – Can I change the details on a birth certificate?

Only in very limited circumstances, and different rules apply in different areas of the UK. In England and Wales, Birth Certificates are considered to be matters of fact, so the details can only usually be changed if a mistake was made...

Who Do I Tell? – Can I change my name on my school and university certificates?

No, like your Birth Certificate, school and other certificates are usually considered to be a “matter of fact”; as long as they were correct at the time they were issued, they will not generally be updated with your new name. ...

Who Do I Tell? – Can I change my name if I have a criminal record?

Yes, you can change you name if you have a criminal record.  However, if you have any existing or pending criminal proceedings against you, you must notify the relevant police station immediately after changing your name.  Also, if you are...

What sort of paper do you use for the Deed Polls?

We use thick gold parchment paper, and our Deed Polls are stamped with our official seal.

What payment methods will you accept?

We will accept any credit cards, debit cards and Paypal.

What can I not change my name to?

Any name that is for passing yourself off as someone else, or for fraudulent purposes. If you want to change your name to a name that is trademarked, and you then use that name to sell similar products or services, you...

Signing/Witnessing/Execution – Who can be my witness for executing the Deed Poll?

Once you have applied for a Deed Poll, we will send you your Deed Poll with full instructions on how to sign and witness your Deed Poll.  The procedure is relatively simple and the following basic rules apply: If you are...

Registration – Is there anywhere where I can search for past name changes?

Some changes of name are registered, or “enrolled”, with the Supreme Court of Judicature.  Five years after a Deed Poll has been enrolled, it is transferred to The National Archives in Kew, Richmond, Surrey.  The National Archives are open to...

Registration – Is there an official governmental deed poll office where I can get a Deed Poll?

No, there is not an official deed poll office in the UK, where you can get a free Deed Poll to change your name.  You can either go to a solicitor to have a Deed Poll prepared for you, or...

Registration – Do I have to register my deed poll?

You do not need to register your Deed Poll. However, you should always keep the original safe, and we suggest you keep it with your Birth Certificate. It is possible to "enrol" a Deed Poll at the Supreme Court of Judicature.  This...

Registration – Can you give me information about other people who have changed their name?

No, we are not allowed to reveal any details about people who have changed their name with us; we are bound by Data Protection legislation and also by our own Terms & Conditions, not to reveal any of our customers'...

Passports – Will my new passport mention my previous name?

Your new passport will not usually mention your previous name, except in some very limited situations.  For instance, if you have got married and continued to use your maiden name professionally, or if your new name would not normally be...

Passports – Will I automatically receive a new passport?

No, once you have your Deed Poll, you must apply for a new passport from HM Passport Office, if you intend to travel abroad.  Then you have to send your Deed Poll, along with an application form, the fee, and...

Passports – Do I need a Deed Poll to change my name on my passport after I get married?

If you are a UK national, you are living in the UK, and: You are taking your partner’s surname and giving up your own.  If you have your UK marriage certificate, you can apply to HM Passport Office using your marriage...

Passports – Do I have to get a new passport, even if I don’t currently have one?

No, you only need to have a passport if you are travelling abroad.  However, some organisations or bodies that hold records about you, may insist on seeing your updated passport, as evidence of your name change. For further information, please go to...

Passports – Can I use my Deed Poll when I go abroad?

Yes, you can use your Deed Poll abroad to provide proof of your change of name, however, you may need to have it witnessed by a solicitor or Notary Public, and you may also need to have it legalised; it...

I live in the UK but have dual nationality. What will be the impact of Deed Poll on my passports?

A deed poll issued by our office can guarantee you to obtain a new British passport. However, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to obtain the passport of the other country as well. You might want to check...

Marriage – What are the rules on changes of name after same-sex marriage?

The rules are exactly the same as for heterosexual marriage.  In some circumstances you do not require a Deed Poll if you want to change your name after marriage.  For further information, please go to the Deed Poll Information list...

In what circumstances may I not change my name?

If the name change is for you to pass yourself off as someone else. If the name change is for fraudulent purposes, for instance if you are trying to pass yourself off as someone else in order to deceive and gain...

If I changed my name by Deed Poll in the past, can I just go back to my old name?

If your current name is different from the name on your Birth Certificate, you will need in most circumstances to apply for a Deed Poll to change your name back to your previous name.  It will not be sufficient for...

How much? – Will I have any other costs?

If you change your name and would like to travel abroad, you will need to get a new passport. A new UK passport currently costs £72.50 for an adult and £46 for a child. If you are a foreign national and are...

How long will it take for me to change my name?

If we receive your application before 3 pm, we aim to send you your Deed Poll and other documents within 2 working days.  As your documents will usually be sent by standard First Class post, if your address is within...

How do I legally change my name by Deed Poll with you?

  Using UK Deed Poll Online Office Ltd to change your name by Deed Poll will provide you with a fast, effective and simple way of legally changing your name.  If you follow the steps set out below, you will have...

Foreign Nationals – If I am a foreign national living in the UK, can I change my name by deed poll?

You can still use a Deed Poll, but this will only potentially be effective for updating your documents and records in the UK.  Even only updating your documents in the UK may be dependent on whether or not you can...

DVLA – Once I have my Deed Poll, how do I change the name on the log book for my car?

You should fill in the change of name details on section 6 of your V5C registration certificate for your car and sign at section 8.  Then send this V5C to the DVLA at the address, Swansea, SA99 1BA. Your new log...

Driving Licence – Once I have my Deed Poll, how would I change the name on my driving licence?

You would change the name on your driving licence by filling in the DVLA application form and sending it to the DVLA along with your current licence and all of the necessary supporting documents.  If your current licence is a...

Do I need to return the signed Deed Poll to you?

No, as soon as your Deed Poll has been signed and witnessed in accordance with our Terms & Conditions, it is a valid change of name deed.  You will need to write to all relevant record holders to inform them...

Do I have to take my Deed Poll with me when I go abroad?

No, as long as your passport is in your new name, you do not need to take your Deed Poll with you, unless for any reason you have to provide evidence of your change of name.  You may need to...

Do I have to send ID to you?

No, we do not need to see your ID.  Your Deed Poll will only be effective once you have executed (signed, dated and witnessed) it, and updated all of your records; it will not be registered with an official authority....

Divorce/Separation – How can I go back to using my maiden name?

If you are considering changing your name as a result of a break-up of your relationship, you may not need a Deed Poll, if your married name was exactly the same as your husband’s surname.  In these circumstances, if your...

How to Change Your Name Back to Your Maiden Name by Deed Poll

If you are considering changing your name as a result of a break-up of your relationship, you may not need a Deed Poll, if your married name was exactly the same as your husband's surname.  In these circumstances, if your...

Divorce/Separation – Can I change my name before my divorce has been finalised?

If you are considering changing your name as a result of a break-up of your relationship, you may not need a Deed Poll. If your divorce has been finalised and you have a decree absolute and you want to revert to...

Civil Partnership – I’m in a civil partnership; are the rules for changing my name the same as the rules for people who are married?

Yes, you can easily change your name by using your Civil Partnership Certificate, in the same way as married people would use their Marriage Certificate, as long as the name change is to be a straightforward change.  If, for instance,...

Children – Who has Parental Responsibility for a child?

The law on Parental Responsibility is governed by the law of the country where the child is resident. The law is slightly different in different areas of the UK. In general, the law in England and Wales is set out...

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...

Children – I’m 15 years old and want to change my name. Can I get a Deed Poll?

If you want to change your name now, you will have to have the consent of everyone with Parental Responsibility.  For more information on Parental Responsibility, please go to the Deed Poll Information list at the top left of this page,...

Children – Do I have to show you proof of consent from all those with parental responsibility, before I will get a Deed Poll for my child?

No, we do not need to see any letters of consent from other people or bodies that have parental responsibility for your child – this is a matter for you.  Your child’s Deed Poll will not be an identity document. ...

Certified/Legalised/Duplicate Copies – When does a Deed Poll have to be “legalised”?

Documents generally have to be "legalised" when they have to be used and recognised abroad.  This is most likely to apply to a Deed Poll when people are getting married abroad, or when foreign nationals who are living in the...

Certified/Legalised/Duplicate Copies – What is a certified copy and when might I need one?

We cannot provide further copies of your Deed Poll after you have applied.  If you did not order any duplicate copies and you need further copies to speed up the process of notifying all relevant record-holders, you should get certified...

Certified/Legalised/Duplicate Copies – How many copies will I need?

Many record holders will want to see the original Deed Poll. For instance the DVLA, HM Passport Office, banks and building societies. For more information, please check- "Who do I tell?" We will, along with your Deed Poll, send you a...

Certified/Legalised/Duplicate Copies – Can I use a photocopy of my Deed Poll to notify banks and other organisations of my name change?

It is unlikely that your bank or building society will accept a photocopy of your Deed Poll.  This is why we advise that you order at least 10 duplicate copies of your Deed Poll when you apply.  Otherwise, updating your...

Certified/Legalised/Duplicate Copies – Can I order copies of my Deed Poll?

Yes, you can order duplicate copies of your Deed Poll upon application.  These cost £1.00 each and we would advise that you order at least 10-15 duplicate copies.  They must all be signed and witnessed in exactly the same way...

If I change my name, do I have to notify Companies House to update the records on my limited company?

Yes, you should contact Companies House and fill in the appropriate form to update your details.