The rules for changing your name after you enter into same-sex marriage are exactly the same as for a heterosexual couple. Please visit our “Marriage and Civil Partnerships” page to review this information, or to explore the corresponding FAQs for details on the circumstances in which you will or will not require a Deed Poll to change your name after marriage. The UK Deed Poll Office is proud to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, and it’s our honor to assist you in changing your name should you require a Deed Poll. Please find below two of our most commonly asked questions in regard to same-sex marriage.
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.
Yes, you will both need to apply for a Deed Poll in order to change your names. Once you have your Deed Polls, you will both need to send them, along with your original Marriage Certificate and other relevant documents, to all relevant record-holders, and ask them to update their records. Once you have your Deed Polls, you should ensure that you keep the original Deed Polls with your original Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificate, and we advise that you order at least 10 duplicate copies of each of your Deed Polls, so that you can both quickly notify all relevant record-holders of your changes of name.