Somebody told me that I can change my surname to my boyfriend’s surname. Is that true, and if so, how do I do it? - UK Deed Poll Office

Somebody told me that I can change my surname to my boyfriend’s surname. Is that true, and if so, how do I do it?

Yes, you can do that by changing your name by Deed Poll with us.  You can also change your title to “Mrs”, if you want to, as this is only what is called a “social” title in the UK.  However, if you are ever asked to give your marital status, in certain circumstances there may be penalties if you do not state that you are single.  For instance, if you are purchasing a product or service and you are asked for your marital status, you must state that you are single.  This is because it may be considered a fraud – and this is a criminal offence – to say you are married when you are not, if your marital status affects the price of the product or service that you are purchasing.

You could also use your Deed Poll to change your surname to your boyfriend’s surname, as well as changing your title, but again, you would in certain circumstances have to tell organisations and people that you are not married.

For more information, please go to the Deed Poll Information list at the top left of this page, and click on “Marriage”, “Passports” and “Who Do I Tell?”