How to Change Your Name Back to Maiden Name | Depol info on Divorce

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 you are a UK national and you are resident in the UK

As long as you simply took your husband’s surname after your marriage, if your marriage took place in the UK, your divorce has been finalised in the UK and you have a decree absolute and you want to revert to your maiden name, you will not normally require a Deed Poll to change your records with all relevant bodies; you will generally have enough evidence if you can show your decree absolute, your original Marriage Certificate, your original Birth Certificate, and a signed statement that you are reverting to use of your maiden name for all purposes.

If your marriage or divorce did not take place in the UK and one of your certificates is not in English, you will have to have it officially translated by an accredited translator in order to change the name in your passport and update your other records in the UK.  Obtaining such a translation can often be quite expensive, and if it is, an alternative would be to change your name by Deed Poll, in which case you would not be required to send the certificate to HM Passport Office.

If you did not simply take your husband’s surname after your marriage, or if you had previously changed your name by Deed Poll, you will need a Deed Poll to change your surname back to your maiden name.

If you want to revert to using your maiden name prior to receiving your decree absolute, you can update your records by applying for a Deed Poll with us and following our procedure.  If you go ahead and do this, you should be aware that, until the date of your decree absolute, you must still state that you are married, for instance, in any applications for credit, loans or insurance.  Changing your name will not affect the divorce proceedings, but you will have to inform all of the solicitors involved, so that the certificates give your new name.

If you have completed your divorce, but do not want to revert to use of your maiden name, and would rather change your name to something new, you will need a Deed Poll.

If one of the documents specified above is missing (for instance, your original Marriage or Birth  Certificate), you can also change your name back to your maiden name by applying for a Deed Poll with us and following our procedure.

If you do not have your original Marriage or Birth Certificate, you can obtain a replacement from the General Register Office.  The current fee for each Certificate is £9.25 and you can apply for them online.

If you want to simply revert to using Miss or Ms, you will not need a Deed Poll, as your title is not used as evidence of your identity.  In fact, even your passport does not, in normal circumstances, state what your title is.

If you have dual nationality, you will also have to follow the procedure for changing your name in that other country.

If you are a UK national and you are living abroad

As long as you simply took your husband’s surname after your marriage, if your marriage took place in the UK, your divorce has been finalised in the UK and you have a decree absolute and you want to revert to your maiden name, you will not normally require a Deed Poll to change your records with all relevant bodies; you will generally have enough evidence if you can show your decree absolute, your original Marriage Certificate, your original Birth Certificate, and a signed statement that you are reverting to use of your maiden name for all purposes.

If your marriage or divorce did not take place in the UK and one of your certificates is not in English, you will have to have it officially translated by an accredited translator in order to change the name in your passport and update your other records in the UK.  Obtaining such a translation can often be quite expensive, and if it is, an alternative would be to change your name by Deed Poll, in which case you would not be required to send the certificate to HM Passport Office.

If you did not simply take your husband’s surname after your marriage, or if you had previously changed your name by Deed Poll, you will need a Deed Poll to change your surname back to your maiden name.

If you want to revert to using your maiden name prior to receiving your decree absolute, you can update your records by applying for a Deed Poll with us and following our procedure.  If you go ahead and do this, you should be aware that, until the date of your decree absolute, you must still state that you are married, for instance, in any applications for credit, loans or insurance.  Changing your name will not affect the divorce proceedings, but you will have to inform all of the solicitors involved, so that the certificates give your new name.

If you have completed your divorce, but do not want to revert to use of your maiden name, and would rather change your name to something new, you will need a Deed Poll.

If one of the documents specified above is missing (for instance, your original Marriage or Birth  Certificate), you can also change your name back to your maiden name by applying for a Deed Poll with us and following our procedure.

If you do not have your original Marriage or Birth Certificate, you can obtain a replacement from the General Register Office.  The current fee for each Certificate is £9.25 and you can apply for them online.

If you want to simply revert to using Miss or Ms, you will not need a Deed Poll, as your title is not used as evidence of your identity.  In fact, even your passport does not, in normal circumstances, state what your title is.

If you have dual nationality, you will also have to follow the procedure for changing your name in that other country.

If you intend to continue to live abroad after you receive your decree absolute, you should consider carefully how best to change the name on your passport, as your passport, travel bookings and tickets must always be in the same name.  If they are not, you may be denied entry into another country or refused passage by an airline or other transport provider.

If you are visiting the UK after receiving your decree absolute, you should consider updating your passport whilst you are in the UK.  However, you will need to be in the UK and have an appropriate address in the UK for long enough for the passport to reach you there.  Alternatively, you could use the premium one-day service at HM Passport Office.  If you make an appointment in advance, you could attend HM Passport Office in person during your visit, on a specific day and time.  This would ensure that changing your passport did not take up too much of your time in the UK.

If you are not visiting the UK, you can apply for a new passport through the Foreign Office, British Embassy or High Commission in your country of residence.  Any such bodies will accept a Deed Poll, but will generally advise that it must be witnessed by a solicitor or notary public, which will increase your costs.  You will also have to provide other documentary evidence and should check first with the relevant office which documents you will need.

Also, if your travel between countries involves use of a visa, some visas may automatically expire when a passport is renewed.  You should bear this in mind when updating your passport, if, for instance, your return to your country of residence depends upon the inclusion of a valid visa.

If you are not a British citizen and you are living in the UK

If you are living in the UK, you can use a Deed Poll to update your records in the UK, such as your driving licence and tax records.

To update your records in your country of origin and obtain a passport in a different name after your divorce, you will have to follow the procedure for changing your name in your country of origin.  We would recommend that you check with your Embassy or High Commission in the UK, what the procedure for updating your passport would be; for instance, can the Embassy or High Commission change the name on your passport, or do you have to send it to the passport office in your country of origin, or do you have to personally attend the passport office in the UK or in your country of origin?  You should also ask if your country of origin will accept your change of name by Deed Poll, if they will issue a new passport and if they have any special requirements for your Deed Poll to be recognised.  For instance, they may require your Deed Poll to be witnessed by a solicitor, or “legalised”.  For more information, please go to the Deed Poll Information list at the top left of this page and click on “Certified/Legalised/Duplicate Copies”.

If your marriage and divorce are governed by the law of another country, you may require the translation of your documents and certificates by an accredited translator in order to update your records in the UK.  Obtaining such a translation can often be quite expensive, and if it is, an alternative would be to change your name by Deed Poll, in which case you would not be required to send the certificate to HM Passport Office.

Whatever the requirements in your country of origin are, you should always ensure that your passport, travel bookings and tickets are all in the same name before you travel, or you may be denied entry into a country, or refused passage on an aircraft or other transport provider.  Also, if your travel between countries involves use of a visa, some visas may automatically expire when a passport is renewed.  You should bear this in mind when updating your passport, if, for instance, your return to the UK depends upon the inclusion of a valid visa.

How to apply

Apply now using our fast, simple and secure online application form and make payment with Paypal or Credit Card.
Once we have received your order we will print your Deed Poll and have it sent out on the same day via Royal Mail 1st class completely free of charge within UK.
Once you have received your Deed Poll kit, you should get it signed and witnessed in accordance with our guidance notes supplied to you with the order kit.