This page sets out the main topics that may affect you in respect of changing your name, and provides comprehensive information about those topics, so you can understand how the name change procedure applies to your circumstances. You will see from the list on the left-hand side of the page, that there are a number of circumstances that may apply to you and that you should explore to find out how you can change your name. There are a number of circumstances in which people want to change their name, but not all of them require you to apply for a Deed Poll. For instance, if you are getting married or divorced, you may well not need a Deed Poll to change your name.
If you look at the list of Deed Poll Information topics on the left-hand side of this page, you can click on any of them to find out more. So, for instance, if you are thinking about changing your child's name, there is a tab for "Children" and "Parental Responsibility", so you can see what the rules are. There is also a tab setting out in detail what you need to do in certain circumstances after you have changed your name, for instance, if you need a new passport, or driving licence.
All of the details on how to change your name will be affected by important events in your life - the new name you choose to take, and the event that has brought it about (for instance marriage), will affect how you should put your change of name into effect. Sometimes, you will not even require a Deed Poll, and we will always let you know if this is the case.
To make it easy to see what the rules are, we have set out some tabs on the left-hand side of this page, under the heading "Deed Poll Information". So, if they apply to you, simply click on the tabs like "Marriage", "Civil Partnership/Same-Sex Marriage" or "Divorce/Separation" for more information.