Same-Sex Marriage and I want to take my partner’s surname

Same-Sex Marriage – I entered into a Same-Sex Marriage and I want to take my partner’s surname instead of my original surname. Do I need a Deed Poll?

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 wish to obtain a new passport, you will need to send your current passport, your original Marriage Certificate and a letter outlining your required change of name, to HM Passport Office, along with any other documents specified by HM Passport Office.  Other record-holders may not require a letter outlining your change of name, but if you have already obtained a new passport, in many cases a copy of your new passport in addition to your Marriage Certificate, will be sufficient evidence of your change of name.

However, if you want to double-barrel your surnames or make any other change to your name, you will need to apply for a Deed Poll with us, in order to provide all relevant record-holders with the necessary evidence of your change of name.

For more information, please go to the Deed Poll Information list at the top left of this page, and click on “Civil Partnership/Same-Sex Marriage” and “Marriage”.