The UK Deed Poll Office

General Name Change Guide

If you are aged 16 years or over and a British citizen then you can change your name using a Deed Poll from us. Alternatively you may change a child’s name as long as all those with parental responsibility for that child give their consent.

You may call yourself by any name you wish, but if you want to make the name change official by updating documents such as your Passport, then what is called ‘documentary evidence’ will be required.

In the case of a person wishing to change their own name or that of a child’s then this documentary evidence takes the form of a Change of Name Deed Poll, however the following list details other forms of documentary name change evidence:

1. Marriage Certificate
This can be used by a women to change her surname to that of her husbands.

2. Civil Partnership Certificate
In this case one partner can change their surname to that of the other partner.

3. Decree Absolute Certificate
Allows a divorcee to change their surname to that which they used before marriage or a civil partnership.

4. Death Certificate
A widow’s surname may be changed to that which they used before marriage or a civil partnership.

5. Adoptive Birth Certificate
An adopted child’s name can be changed to the surname of the adopting family.

So as you can see this documentary evidence can take several forms but if you wish to change your name for any other reason than those five listed above then you will need a Change of Name Deed Poll. This will allow you to change your name on official documents such as your Passport, Driving License etc. Please note some documents cannot be changed such as Birth Certificates or educational certificates.

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