Want to know how to change your name?
Here's how it works:
It's that simple! Thank you for considering the UK Deed Poll Office to help facilitate your name change. We're extremely proud to offer superior customer service; please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries before beginning your Deed Poll application process.
The UK Deed Poll Office is proud to provide excellent service and facilitate your name change at a low cost. We will provide you with a well-presented Deed Poll, printed on high-quality paper, and sent to you in a plain envelope to preserve confidentiality. As an online Deed Poll service provider, who has issued thousands of Deed Polls, your Deed Poll will be accepted by government offices and relevant organisations, subject to our Terms & Conditions, or your money back.
In order to change your name, your deed poll will declare the following three statements:
A name is the most personal part of any person. It is how other people relate to us and it gives us a sense of identity. Our name is also legally connected to us as it graces all of our official documentation.
So why do some people choose to change their name?
Some of the most common reasons that people change their name is due to legal reasons such as marriage or divorce. Of course, some people never really connect to their given name. For these people changing their name is an expression of identity and remaking themselves.
Whatever your reason is for changing your name, we are here to help make the process easy and worry free.
In the UK, there are some restrictions when it comes to choosing your new name. Although you always have the right to change your name, the name you choose may not be accepted if it causes public offence or infringes on intellectual property rights.
There is no law stopping you from being known by a single name (e.g. Adele) or mononym, but there is a risk that official government offices (HM Passport Office) may decline to update your official documents to your new name.
To ensure that your deed poll is accepted, we do not allow applications for single names.
If your new name causes public offence, it might be declined. This includes names with the following:
While names are not subject to copyright law, you cannot use a name if it results in deception. For example, if you changed your name to Madonna and started to sell perfumes using that name, this will be an infringement of intellectual property. Additionally, this can lead to issues when applying for a new passport, as the HM Passport Office will not issue you a passport if your new name is associated with a trade mark.
Your new name may be rejected if they contain:
However, names that contain apostrophes (O'Brian) and hyphens (double-barrelled surnames) are allowed.
Adding academic titles to your name can be rejected if you do not have documentation showing that you can use the title (Dr). This restriction includes titles of nobility and religious titles such as Lord, Lady or Sir.
You can change your name whenever you want. There are no restrictions related to the amount of times you can change your name.
Yes! The reason our deed poll process is so popular among people who change their name is the simplicity involved. Simply click on the apply now button to get started.
If you are a UK resident but not a citizen you can still use our deed poll process to legally change your name. However, you should contact the embassy for your country of nationality to figure out what steps need to be taken to have your name change legally recognized.
Remember, one of the requirements for changing your name in the UK is that you use your new name exclusively. Therefore, it is imperative that you know the procedure to change your name with your country of birth.
Changing your name is a legal matter; in order to use your new name for your passport, driving licence and on your bank cards, you will most likely need a Deed Poll. There are some circumstances in which you may be able to change your name without needing a Deed Poll, such as upon your marriage. However, even in those circumstances, it may be quicker and more convenient to use a Deed Poll. Although there are other ways to obtain a Deed Poll, these methods are likely to cost significantly more than using the UK Deed Poll Office’s easy online application and certainly do not provide the level of support we are known for. Let’s get started!