FAQs - UK Deed Poll Office

FAQs

Unfortunately, if you are not the one who applied for the deed poll. We cannot disclose any information ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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/ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Yes, if your witness is a student, they should just write “student” as their occupation on your Deed Poll ...
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If your witness is unemployed, they can still be your witness, and they should just write “unemployed” as their occupation on your Deed Poll ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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We use thick gold parchment paper, and our Deed Polls are stamped with our official seal ...
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We will accept any credit cards, debit cards and Paypal ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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' ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Yes, you should contact Companies House and fill in the appropriate form to update your details ...
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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.