THE UK DEED POLL OFFICE
Our efficient, guaranteed service for changing your name change by Deed Poll is available throughout the UK. Our registered office is in Old Park Lane, London, and we also operate from The Senate in the cathedral city of Exeter, home of the Met Office and one of the UK’s top universities.
Name Change Cost
Change Your Name by Deed Poll
Simple Three Step Process
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR NAME BY DEED POLL
It’s your legal option to choose which name you use. The law says you can change your name without following a particular process, providing it is not for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. In practical terms, changing your name will mean more than just informing friends and family. You’ll need to change your name with your bank and on official records like your passport and driving licence. That’s why you need to legally change your name by Deed Poll.
The change you choose to make will depend on your situation. Maybe you want to take your partner’s surname or make your maiden name into a middle name. Our customers have different reasons for using this service but each change is unique to the individual. Whatever your reason, it’s good to know that you can change part of your name i.e. forename, middle name or surname, or you may change your entire name. This includes making a spelling alteration or re-arranging existing names
The actual Deed Poll process is straightforward, and the legal process is completed in three stages. The process itself has existed for over 160 years.
Applying online through our reputable website will result in a legal name change that is guaranteed to be accepted by all Government Departments, companies and organisations.
Deed Poll Quick Guide
The term Deed Poll (sometimes mispronounced ‘depoll’ or ‘dpoll’), is the common name for a deed of change of name, the standard legal document used to substantiate a change of name in the UK.
Deed Polls are accepted by all UK Government Departments, companies and organisations, so you can change your name on your driving licence, passport, bank account etc.
A form of contract, Deed Polls are widely used in the UK to provide legal evidence of a change in name for an adult or child, and have been used in this way by hundreds of thousands of people over the past 160 years. A Deed Poll commits the person it concerns to:
- abandon the use of their old name
- use their new name at all times
- require all persons to call them by their new name.
WHY DO I NEED A DEED POLL?
You have the legal right to call yourself by a different name, without following a particular process, providing it is not for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. However, if you want to change your name on important documents such as your passport and driving licence, as well as other records (bank account, NI record etc), you will need to change your name by Deed Poll. You can change part of your name i.e. forename, middle name or surname, or you may change your entire name. This includes making a spelling alteration or re-arranging existing names.
You do not require a valid reason to change your name but here are some common reasons why people use our services:
- breakdown of marriage or civil partnership (revert to former name)
- correcting a spelling mistake
- adding or removing a middle name
- changing from a male to female name or vice-versa (transgender)
- formalising the informal usage of a different name
- changing the surname of child to your partner’s
- taking the surname of a new partner (un-married couples)
- change of title
- unhappy with current name
- wish to adopt a stage name
- current name difficult to understand over the phone
POSSIBLE EXCEPTIONS (MARRIAGE)
Note if you’ve recently entered into a marriage or civil partnership, and just wish to adopt your partner’s surname, then you will not need to change your name by Deed Poll because you can use your marriage/civil partnership certificate as legal evidence of your new surname. However, if you’d prefer not to use your marriage certificate as proof of name change – it could get lost or damaged when sending it to record holders – then you can apply to change your name by Deed Poll and use your Deed Poll certificate instead.
ARE DEED POLLS REGISTERED ANYWHERE?
In England and Wales, a Deed Poll may be registered voluntarily in the Central Office of the High Court. This means that the name change would also be advertised in the London Gazette. Registration of Deed Poll documentation is regulated by the Enrolment of Deeds (Change of Name) Regulations 1994, Statutory Instrument 1994 No. 604. However, it is not a legal requirement.
1.) The witness does not need to be a solicitor and can be any person over the age of 18, providing s/he isn’t a relation or a cohabitant.
2.) In England and Wales, changing your name by Deed Poll will not change the name on your Birth Certificate (because it is classed as an historic record of the facts at birth). So when applying for a Passport, for example, both the Birth Certificate and the Deed Poll would need to be presented as documents of identity.
3.) British and non-British citizens, refugees, bankrupts and all other UK residents can change their name by deed poll. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please contact us to double-check.
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Satisfied with how fast the change of name deed and how easy it was with out having to send anything back customer service was fantastic in resolving a issue I had and I had no issues with this service will use again if I ever change name or will let people no to use this service
Excellent price and fast delivery. My deed poll certificate was accepted by every company I approached to change my name.
The UK Deed Poll Office London Ltd made the process of changing my name so much more easier. The certificates came really quickly with all the correct details. I just had an authorised witness sign them and sent them off. The UK Deed Poll Office also provided a booklet of companies that I may want to advise of my name change which was very helpful.
Really easy to order online, the form is simple to use. Delivery was prompt and the certificates are ideal.
Having previously been let down by another company I was a little reluctant.
But all my fears were gone.
Arrived within 3 days.
Answered any queries i had by email.
Highly recommend this company
In The Media
Comedian, Joe Lycett, legally changed his name with us to Hugo Boss, in a protest against the German fashion company – as shown on Channel 4’s “Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back”.
Former NHS Doctor, John Cormack, hit the headlines when he changed his name by deed poll with us in 2013 to Dr John Cormack-the-Family-Doctor-who-works-for-the-NHS-for-free.
Dr Cormack changed his name to highlight the funding issues faced by GPs across the country.