Once you receive your Deed Poll, you will have to sign it and have it witnessed – the legal term for this is “execution.” Along with your Deed Poll, we will send a document that will tell you how to execute your Deed Poll and any duplicate copies so that your change of name becomes fully valid. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that this takes place. The procedure is relatively simple and the following basic rules apply:

  • If you are a British and a resident in mainland UK or Northern Ireland, your witness must be aged 18 or over, know you and not be suffering from any mental incapacity.
  • Your witness can be a friend, neighbour or colleague.
  • Your witness must be present when you sign your Deed Poll.
  • If you are British and are living abroad or anywhere other than mainland UK or Northern Ireland, or if your Deed Poll needs to be “legalised” (for instance, if you are getting married abroad), your Deed Poll may need to be witnessed by a solicitor or notary public. See below for more information about “legalisation.”
  • If you are a foreign national, you should check with your embassy to see what is required in your home country.


We cannot provide further copies of your Deed Poll after you have applied, unless you place a new order with us. However, if you still have one copy of your Deed Poll, you can obtain a “certified” copy of it from a solicitor. A certified copy of your original Deed Poll will be a satisfactory alternative for most record-holders, if you do not want to send your original through the post. If you do not have any remaining copies of your Deed Poll and you need one, you will have to apply for a new one. Additionally, your Deed Poll may have to be “legalised” if it must be used and recognised abroad. For more information on getting your Deed Poll Certified or Legalised, or how to obtain duplicate copies of your Deed Poll, please visit our "Certified, Legalised, and Duplicate Copies" page.




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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