MIDDLE NAME CHANGES

Did you know that middle name changes are among the most popular name changes submitted to The UK Deed Poll Office? There are no formal restrictions on adding, dropping, 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, all you need to do is change your official documents to show your middle name as a part of your legal name.

If you’re looking into dropping your middle name, you will also need to apply for a Deed Poll, as you will not be able to change your name on the documents without it. For any change regarding your middle name, applying for a Deed Poll will have to be your first step of this procedure.

How to Change your Middle Name

Please be advised, unless all your documents are changed, your new 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 license, 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.

However, regardless of your reason for changing your middle name, you can easily do it in the UK. Just keep in mind that without the Deed Poll, the change of your middle name will not be considered legal. In other words, if you want all of your documents to include your new middle name or names, you should use your Deed Poll and follow the proper procedure.

Although the process of changing your middle name may requires a Deed Poll, the process itself will not be finalised just by issuing a Deed Poll. On the contrary, that’s only the beginning of the process. That is also why you don’t have to rush to get a new passport, as you can easily add your middle name once you need to renew your passport. As adding, changing or dropping your middle name is not considered a crucial change to your name, you can continue to use your documents without the middle name.

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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

Once you receive your Deed Poll, you can use it to change your documents and add your new middle name or names. You can add any middle name you want, but make sure you use a name you will not regret soon. If that happens, however, you should follow the procedure for dropping your middle name.

Just like you can add or make 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 having a simple procedure for doing it makes it easy for everyone who is considering making changes to their legal name.

If you decide to drop your middle name, you will also need a Deed Poll to make the change legal. After receiving your Deed Poll, you can remove the middle name from all of your documents and only use your first and your last name.

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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 government-registered Deed Poll in no time!
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