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About Deed Polls
What is a Deed Poll?
Why is it called a Deed Poll?
What is the purpose of a Deed Poll?
Who can apply for a Deed Poll?
How long does the process take?
Can I change my child's name?
Can a birth certificate be changed?
Are there any restrictions on names?
Is a Deed Poll registered anywhere?
Why do people change their name?
Answers to other FAQs
Applying for a Deed Poll
How to apply
Services available and fees
Services for previous clients
Apply for a copy of your archived Deed Poll
Apply for a replacement Deed Poll
General name change information
A woman's rights upon marriage
A man's rights upon marriage
A couple's rights upon a civil partnership
A woman's rights upon separation
A woman's rights upon divorce
A woman's rights upon being widowed
A child's rights upon adoption
Adding a middle name
Advice for transsexuals
An alternative to marriage
A unique gift
Changing your name on your passport
Obtaining a copy of your lost Deed Poll
Who to advise after changing your name
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What our clients say about us
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General name change information
It is a common misconception that it is possible to
change your name simply by using your new name. There is much written on
the Internet and elsewhere saying there is no need to follow any formal
procedure if you wish to change your name. However, this advice is no
longer correct. Certainly, changing your name "by usage" was relatively
easy before government departments, companies
and organisations began taking personal identity and security issues more
seriously following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the recent increase in identity theft. With few exceptions, you will now find you will be asked
for "documentary evidence" of your name change if you want the
name that appears on your official documents and records changed to a
Documentary evidence is a term used to describe a
document that will allow you to get the name on your documents and records
changed to a different name with record holders such as government
departments, companies and organisations. Such documents
To change your
name for any other reason, you need a document that provides
evidence that you have changed your name. A Deed Poll is such a document and
it will enable you get all your official documents and records changed to
your new name, including your passport, driving licence, bank account,
medical records etc.
- Marriage Certificate
Allows a women to change her surname to her husband's surname (and vice
- Civil Partnership Certificate
Allows one partner's surname to be changed to the other partner's surname.
- Decree Absolute Certificate
Usually allows a divorcee's surname to be changed to the surname before
- Dissolution Order
Usually allows a person's surname to be changed to the surname before
entering into a civil partnership.
- Death Certificate
Usually allows a widow's surname to be changed to the surname before
marriage or civil partnership.
- Adoption Certificate
Allows an adopted child's surname to be changed to the adopted parents' surname.
It should be noted that there are certain documents that you can never get changed
because they are "matter of fact" documents i.e. they are historical records of the facts when issued.
Such documents are a birth certificate (see Can a birth certificate be changed
for exceptions), marriage certificate, adoption certificate, civil partnership
certificate and a decree absolute certificate. Also, it is very unlikely that
you will be able to get documents such as educational certificates changed
because they show the correct name when they were issued.
Last updated: 27 April 2011
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