Updated June 2015 to include the latest HMC forms
UK law allows a person to change their name without the permission of any authority and without any formality provided that the use of the new name is not for fraudulent purposes. A Deed Poll, however, is the official process by which a person is able to change his or her name and is the evidence you will need to produce in order to change a name on official documents and records.
There are a range of situations where you may want to officially change your name or the name of your children, such as:
You don't need a Deed Poll to change your name when you marry - producing your marriage or civil partnership licence should be sufficient. Some institutes may require a Deed Poll if you change your name on divorce or when ending a civil partnership.
A Deed Poll can only be made by someone over the age of 18. To change the name of someone below the age of 18 (a child or "minor") the Deed Poll must be executed by a person or persons with parental responsibility for the minor. All those with parental responsibility for the minor must consent to the change of name.
Enrolling (or registering) a Deed Poll in the Central Office of the Supreme Court provides a public record of a person's change of name and is the formal way of changing a person's name, with details of the change being published in the London Gazette. However, you don't have to enrol a Deed Poll and since enrolling adds to the cost. Many Deed Polls are not enrolled.
The Clickdocs Deed Poll packages include both a Deed Poll for enrolment and a Deed Poll that does not need to be enrolled. Our Deed Poll packages are suitable for people permanently resident in the UK and we recommend that you read the Guidance Notes document included with the Deed Poll package.
The un-enrolled Deed Poll can be used to tell the DVLA or Passport Office of your change of name.
These Change of Name Deed Poll packages are suitable for use in England, Scotland and Wales. One is for adults and one for children (or "Minors") below the age of 18. They include the following documents:
This document is available individually or as part of a Full Annual Subscription (£199 own use) - giving you access to wide range of documents, packages and forms for a single annual fee.