Top Five Name Change Myths
From the questions we're asked on a daily basis we know that several name change myths exist. Please see below to find out what the facts really are:
A lot of people think that Deed Polls are issued by a Government Service or Department. You may have searched for deedpoll.gov.uk or Government Deed Poll, but this is completely incorrect.
A Deed Poll is a legal document and not a certificate. The Government has no involvement in legal services/documents, whether it may be for name change or any other purpose. So Deed Polls always come from non-Government, privately owned law firms or organsations. Thanks to the Internet, you now have the choice of going through an online firm like us, or a traditional High Street operation.
Despite contrary belief there is no such thing as an automatic central register of people who have changed their names. If you change your name with a change of name Deed then you can opt for the Deed to be enrolled in Enrolment Books of the Supreme Court of Judicature (formerly the Close Rolls of Chancery). However, this is a totally optional process and it is in no way a legal requirement.
All Deeds that meet the formal requirements as laid down by the current law are legal. The use of terms such as ‘official’ and ‘authentic’ are meaningless in the context of the authority of the document. You may also find some websites use terms such as deed poll officer, authentic seal, and other phrases that are no more than marketing gimmicks.
Some people believe that changing their name by ‘Deed Poll’ is an automated process whereby an ‘official’ company or department will update all of their records to show their chosen new name. But, as discussed previously, this isn't the case. Although it's a perfectly understanable assumption, given the misinformation that is frequently posted on the Internet.
Birth Certificate Changed
The belief that a persons Birth Certificate will change is often linked with the aforementioned misunderstanding that the process is in someway automated. A Birth Certificate can only be changed in a small number of very limited circumstances.
Any changes made to, and the subsequent reissuing of a birth certificate are carried out by the General Register Office (GRO). The GRO (for a small fee) can supply copies of missing birth certificates.
Remember: when you change your name after getting Married your Birth Certificate stays the same. Changing your name by Deed Poll is no different in this respect.
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