DEED POLL OVERVIEW
DEED POLL OVERVIEW
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.
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.
bank account etc.
Why do I need a Deed Poll?
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)
Are Deed Polls registered anywhere?
1994 No. 604.
However, it is not a legal requirement. We have only had a couple of clients who have opted to enrol their Deed Polls.
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.
call on: 0203 318 0245.