***Please note: if you would like to change your middle name by deed poll click the button below.


Did you know that middle name changes or adding a middle name are among the most popular name changes submitted to The UK Deed Poll Office?

There are no formal restrictions on adding or changing a middle name; simply apply for a Deed Poll with us and add a middle name of your choice!

Once you receive your Deed Poll, you can update your official documents (passport, drivers licence, etc.) and have your new middle name officially recognized.

If you want to drop your middle name, you will also need to apply for a Deed Poll, as you will not be able to change your name on your official documents without it.

For any change regarding your middle name, applying for a Deed Poll will have to be your first step.

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Considerations when changing your Middle Name

Please be advised, unless all your documents are changed, your new middle name will not be recognized as your legal name. Mere possession of your Deed Poll does not give your name a legal recognition.

Although there is no immediate requirement for you to change all your legal documents (like your driving licence, passport, bank records, etc.), if you are planning on migrating to another country, it is imperative that all your documents share the same legal name.

Below is a list of essential organizations that you will want to update with your new middle name. We have included links to their name change procedure pages to help facilitate the process for you.

Passport office

To change your middle name with the passport office click here.


To change your middle name with your bank check out our bank account name change guide.


To change your middle name on your drivers license click here.


To change your middle name with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) click here.

HM Land Registry

To change your middle name with the HM land registry click here.

Local Council

To change your name with you local council click here.


Adding a Middle Name

You may add more than one middle name to your name.

However, you should be aware that HM Passport Office can only print a maximum of 30 characters as your first name, and this includes your middle name(s).

Additionally, HM Passport Office can only print a maximum of 30 characters as your surname. If your new first name and/or middle names exceed the limit, you should request that they add an abbreviated form in the main part of your new passport, and that they print the names in their entirety on the observations page.

Dropping Your Middle Name

Another very common request is from people who want to drop their middle name.

Similarly to adding or making changes to your middle name, you can also decide to get rid of your middle name. People choose to drop their middle name for various reasons, and the process is the same for adding a middle name that we discussed above. .

If you decide to drop your middle name, you will need to order a Deed Poll without your middle name. After receiving your Deed Poll, you can remove the middle name from all of your official documents and only use your first and your last name.

Change Your Middle Name with the UK Deed Poll Office

We hope this article on changing your middle name helps you with your name change process. If you still have some questions or concerns about your name change, please reach out. Our staff is happy to assist with any of your questions.

The UK Deed Poll Office is not a government agency. Our function is purely as a document provider for the self-declaration of an unenrolled deed poll. We are here to assist in your name change journey, as we have done for over 100,000 UK residents.


Join the thousands who have trusted the UK Deed Poll Office to help change their name. Fill out our fast, simple, and affordable online application to receive your Deed Poll in no time!
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