The UK Deed Poll Office

How do I change my title?

By Deed Poll you can change not only any part or your whole name but also your title. Applying for a Deed Poll to change your title is straightforward and you can do so by completing the Adult Application form on our website.

When completing the application form you simply need to select your desired new title from the list of available options. You can change your title for any reason you wish.

Women often change their title to Mrs when taking the surname of their partner, in effect this means unmarried couples can be known as Mr and Mrs XXX in the same way as married couples can. Please note whilst this is perfectly legal you must never do this with the intention to deceive or obtain an unfair advantage i.e. when completing for example a loan order it must be made clear that your relationship status is not 'married'.

Another reason people change their titles is when they have gained the use of the title Dr, for example through academic study (PhD students) or a acceptance into the General Medical Council (GMC).

You should note that despite what some websites claim, it is not possible to purchase the title of 'Lord'. We therefore do not recognise purchased titles and any order for the title change of Lord will need to be supported with relevant documentation.

This also to applies to applicants who wish to add post-nominal letters to their new name i.e. OBE, in which case we would require either a copy of an official letter relating to the use of the title i.e. an original invitation letter from the Honours and Appointments Secretariat or a copy of the notice published in the London Gazette.

Please note: if you only wish to change your title and not your name then you will need a Master Title Deed, we can prepare this for you in the same way as a standard Change of Name Deed. To apply for a Master Title Deed, simply complete the application form as normal but enter your current name in the 'current name' and 'new name' boxes and select your desired new title.

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