Once you receive your Deed Poll, you must sign it and have it witnessed. The legal term for this is “execution". We will send a document along with your Deed Poll 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:
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 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 must 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, visit our "Certified, Legalised, and Duplicate Copies" page.