Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a list of common questions and answers below. If you cannot find the answer to your name change query then you are very welcome to call us for free and confidential advice on: 020 3318 0245 (Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm).
- How do I change my name or my child's name?
- Can I change my child's name (child aged 15 years or under)?
- What do I do when I receive my Deed Poll?
- What do I do with my Deed Poll once I have signed (executed) it?
- Will it be accepted by the Passport Office (IPS)?
- Do I need a Solicitor to sign or witness my Deed Poll?
- I've lost my Deed Poll can I get a copy?
- What payment methods do you accept?
- How long will my Deed Poll take to arrive?
- Are there any additional costs?
- Can I read any reviews of your service?
- Why do I need legal copies?
- Can I use photocopies of my Deed Poll?
- I have a question that is not in this list?
- What is included in the fee?
- Is there a discount for families/multiple names changes?
- Do I have to change my name by Deed Poll?
- What kind of paper do you use?
- Will my Deed Poll be stamped?
- Why choose us?
- Is there an 'official' Deed Poll website?
- What is the cost of your service?
- What is a Deed Poll?
- Will my Passport be changed automatically?
You can quickly and easily change your name (or your child's name) by Deed Poll:
Step 1 - Apply:
- Please go to the Apply Now page and click either the Adult Application Form or Child Application Form link.
- Enter the required information and select how many legal copies you require.
- Make a secure payment by credit/debit card online, call us with your card details or send a cheque in the post.
Step 2 - Execute:
Once prepared by ourselves your Deed Poll will be sent by First Class post. When it arrives it must be signed by yourself in the presence of a witness (this is known as 'executing' your Deed Poll). A child Deed Poll must be signed by someone who has parental responsibility for the child concerned i.e. the mother or father.
Step 3 - Notify:
Send notification of your new name to any company, organisation or Government Department that currently hold your old name on their records. This means they simply need to see your signed (executed) Deed Poll, and upon doing so they will update their records.
It's very straightforward and we provide comprehensive instructions with your Deed Poll and free, confidential advice should you need it.
We recommend that you order extra legal copies because this will be speed up the process of notification as you can contact multiple companies/organisations at the same time.
Please note you DO NOT need to visit a solicitor. If you have a query please call us on 0203 318 0245.
Yes, providing you have permission from all persons with parental responsibility for the said child, i.e. the mother and or father. If both parents have parental responsibility for the child, but permission cannot be obtained from one of them i.e. because they refuse to consent, or because their whereabouts are unknown, then you have several options open to you, including obtaining a court order to allow the name change to proceed. Click here to learn about your options, or see our Services & Fees page for ways in which we can assist you.
In the UK the mother acquires parental responsibility at the child's birth, the law relating to the father's rights vary throughout the UK, please see below:
England and Wales:
The father has parental responsibility if he was married to the mother at the time of the child's birth, or subsequently marries her afterwards. An un-married father will not have parental responsibility unless he is named on the birth certificate from 1st December 2003 onwards.
The father has parental responsibility if he was married to the mother at the time of the child's birth, but not if he subsequently marries her afterwards. An un-married father will not have parental responsibility unless he is named on the birth certificate from 15th April 2002 onwards.
The father has parental responsibility if he was married to the mother at the time of the child's birth, or subsequently marries her afterwards. An un-married father will not have parental responsibility unless he is named on the birth certificate from 4th May 2006 onwards.
If you are still unsure then please click here to view our helpful 'Parental Responsibility Flowcharts', or call
us on 0203 318 0245.
You need to sign your Deed Poll, once for your old name, and once for your new name. You need to date your Deed Poll on the last paragraph, and have your signature witnessed by a person over the age of 18. (This is known as 'executing' your Deed Poll).
A child Deed Poll must be signed by either the mother or father.
The witness must be over 18 and should not be related to the person named on the Deed Poll or live at the same address. Please note the witness DOES NOT need to be a professional i.e. a Solicitor or Doctor. Typically, clients use a friend, neighbour or work colleague as their witness.
You must start using your new name straight away, and you must contact any company or organisation that has your old name record to let them know of your new name.
Yes, absolutely, we guarantee that it will be universally accepted by all UK Government Departments, companies and organisations, including the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), DVLA, HMRC etc. So you will be able to change your official documents like your Passport and Driving Licence as well as amend your National Insurance record, bank account and other records.
No, you will not need to visit a Solicitor.
A.) If your Deed Poll was from us then all we need is the eight digit serial number printed on the bottom of your Deed Poll. Extra legal copies are £6 including P&P for the first copy and £2 for each extra copy after that. I.e. one copy = £6, two copies = £8, 3 copies = £10 etc. Please contact us to order extra legal copies. Prices include vat.
B.) If your Deed Poll was from another company or a Solicitor, then the standard practice is to supply a new Deed Poll, but with an extra clause to state that you have been using your 'new name' since a certain month/year.
To obtain a replacement, please complete the Adult Application form as though you wish to change your name for the first time, i.e. 'Current Name' should be entered as your previous name, and 'New Name' should be entered as the name you are using now. Please also enter the approx year of your previous name change in the 'Alternate Delivery Address' box. For further advice, please call us.
Please note, Deed Poll documents are not stored on any kind of central record, nor is information shared between companies.
We accept payment by credit/debit card to include Maestro, Solo, Visa, Mastercard and Visa Debit. You can also call us with your card details, if you prefer not to pay over the Internet.
All card payments are securely processed by PayPoint, the UK's leading payment processing company.
You can also send a cheque or postal order made payable to: 'The UK Deed Poll Office' to the address on our contact page.
Your paperwork will be sent using First Class post in a plain envelope (same day processing for applications received before 4pm weekdays). You should expect it to arrive within 1-2 working days. Postage and packaging is included in the prices displayed on this website.
No, the prices shown on our website show the total cost including vat (at 20%) and P&P.
Yes, certainly, please click here to read what some of our latest clients have to say about the service we provide.
Ordering legal copies will allow you to notify multiple companies/organisations at the same time. It also means that you will have spares in case one should become lost or damaged. We recommend that you keep one with a trusted friend or relative as a backup. Please note that are legal copies are high quality duplicate originals and not photocopies. You will need to sign, witness and date each one that you order.
Government Departments and a lot of other organisations won't accept a photocopy of your Deed Poll. So it's advisable to order a number of legal copies if you have lots of organisations to contact.
If you have not found the answer to your question in this section then please see our comprehensive Knowledge Base or do not hesitate to contact us on 0203 318 0245. You can also speak to us via live chat and email during office hours.
You will receive: your stamped legal UK Deed Poll paperwork, professionally presented and printed on high quality 100gsm security paper (plus any extra legal copies ordered). Plus, you will also receive printed, easy to follow instructions for how to sign your Deed Poll paperwork, list of 'common places to notify', guides to informing Government Departments and other organisations that you have changed your name, and covering letter template. All of the prices displayed on our website are inclusive of vat.
We also securely store your record on file to make it easy for you to obtain further legal copies of your Deed Poll paperwork in the future.
Same day processing (applications received before 4pm weekdays).- Additional legal copies are available from £1 per copy inc. vat.
If you are changing the names of five or more people (i.e. family members) we may be able to arrange a discount, please contact us for more information.
Legally you have the right to call yourself by a different name without following a particular process, providing it is not for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. However, if you want to change your name on important documents such as your Passport and Driving Licence, as well as things like bank accounts and your NI record, then you will need legal evidence of your new name in the form of Deed Poll. Without a Deed Poll you will not be able to change these records (see notes below). N.B. If you've recently entered into a marriage or civil partnership, and just wish to adopt your partner's surname, then you will not need a Deed Poll because you can your marriage/civil partnership certificate as legal evidence of your new surname.
We currently use A4 100gsm security paper for lasting durability.
Yes, your Deed Poll, and any legal copies ordered, will feature our printed seal which bears our lion crest logo and company name. Every Deed Poll we issue is also printed on our own barcoded security paper, and carries a unique serial number which is registered on our system.
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No, there isn't an official website. All specialist Deed Poll websites are operated by privately owned companies (including this one). This is because changing your name by Deed Poll is a legal undertaking, like signing a Last Will & Testament, for instance. So you can go through a reputable online specialist like ourselves or most High Street law firms. Private sector competition is the reason for the variation in price between each website. Unfortunately, this isn't always made entirely clear by some of our competitors (large and small), but we prefer to just be upfront and honest about exactly who we are, where we are based and what we provide. We trust that you will value our approach.
Don't forget, we're Trading Standards Approved so you can be assured that we operate in a legal, honest and fair way. In fact, we are currently the only provider of legal Deed Poll paperwork on Google to have this approval.
The total cost for an adult or child Deed Poll is just £15 inc. vat & postage. if you complete our online application form, all documents applied for online are sent by first class post. Extra legal copies are available from £1 each inc. vat.
You can also apply by phone, post or visit our office in person, by appointment, please call for further details.
Click here to see what is included.
Deed Poll is the shortened name for a 'Deed of Change of Name'. It is a form of contract (Deed) that is widely used in the UK to provide legal evidence of a change in legal name of an adult or child. Deed Polls have been used in this way by hundreds of thousands of people over the past 150 years. But you may be interested to learn that Deed Polls aren't only for name change, and in fact, they are actually used everyday in a wide range of different legal matters. A Deed Poll for name change commits the person it concerns to: 1.) Abandon the use of their old name 2.) Only use their new name at all times 3.) Require all persons to call them by their new name.A signed Deed of Change Name will be accepted by all UK Government Departments, companies and organisations, so you can change your name on your driving licence, Passport, bank account etc.
Please note: 'Deed Poll' is not an automated service, a Government organisation or a certificate.
No, you will need to apply for a new Passport manually by filling in a Passport application form (available online or through most Post Office branches). You will need to send your signed Deed Poll to the IPS to support your Passport application. The same applies to your Driving Licence.
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