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. This is because you will probably in the future have to show it to organisations and/or people, in order to provide evidence that you are who you say you are. Once you have changed your name, you will not be able to use your Birth Certificate alone to provide the necessary evidence, as you will be known by a different name from the one that appears on your Birth Certificate.
It is possible to “enrol” a Deed Poll at the Supreme Court of Judicature. This would make a public record of your change of name, but would not make it more legally effective. We would not recommend enrolment of your Deed Poll, for the following reasons:
We are not allowed to reveal any details about people who have changed their name with us. As a result, you can be completely confident that your confidentiality will be preserved by us. However, because we have to keep your details confidential, we also cannot provide you with any further copies of a Deed Poll that you have previously ordered from us. You must ensure that you order sufficient duplicate copies from us at the time you place your original order. Most people order 10 duplicate copies from us, as this helps them to notify many different organisations and people at the same time. We have put together a list of bodies/organisations that you may need to notify of your name change, and we will send you a copy of this list with your Deed Poll and other documents if you place an order for a Deed Poll with us. The details of this list are set out below.
List of bodies/organisations to notify
Another way to record your change of name would be to update the name on your previous certificates and other records. However, 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” – it was correct at the time it was provided. The same most usually applies to certificates of education and professional qualifications. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, however, it is possible to change the name on your Birth Certificate in certain circumstances. For instance, for adults, it is only possible once you have already been using your new name for at least 2 years. In our opinion, there are also 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.