This Deed Poll can be used by a person to change their name and change the name on official documents and records.
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:
- after divorcing or dissolution of a civil partnership
- to take a double-barrelled name on marriage or civil partnership
- on adoption
- as part of the process of changing gender
- to anglicise a foreign name
- you don't like your name or it was registered incorrectly
- to make it more difficult for a previous partner to find you.
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.
This Change of Name Deed Poll package is suitable for adults in England, Scotland and Wales. One is for adults and one for children (or "Minors") below the age of 18. The package includes the following documents:
- Deed Poll for enrolling (PDF form)
- Deed Poll not enrolled (Word document)
- Change of Name Deed Poll Guidance Notes (Word document)
- Statutory Declaration (PDF form)
- Notice for London Gazette (PDF form)
- Exhibition sheets and covering letter (Word document).