To change a child’s name (who is under the age of 16) you simply need to complete and submit the application form below, which has provision for 4 children. You do not need a debit or credit card to submit this form – you can pay by cheque or postal order.
Before you complete this form, we suggest you read about our terms and conditions, fees and your statutory rights including your right to cancel by clicking on this link (opens new window).
We also suggest you read the relevant sections of our article about changing a child’s name by clicking on this link (opens new window). It is important to understand the meaning of parental responsibility and who needs to consent to a child’s name change.
If you do not have sole parental responsibility for your child, after you have submitted your application form, you need to send to us a letter of consent (by email, fax or post) signed by everyone with parental responsibility for the child (a link to an example of the letter we need will be emailed to you after your application has been reviewed).
If a parent with parental responsibility is absent (either whereabouts is unknown or you have good reason for not wanting to contact the absent parent), please click on this link (opens new window) to read the relevant section (6, 7 or 8) of our article about changing a child’s name. If the father named on your child’s birth certificate is not the biological father, please read section 9.
If you need help or advice and wish to speak to a Deed Poll Officer, please call our Helpline (see top right of this page for the number and our opening hours). Alternatively, you can e-mail us.
Please note: All questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required