How do I change the name on my driving licence?

You can change any part or your whole name including your surname by Deed Poll. Applying for a Deed Poll to change your surname is straightforward and you can do so by completing the Adult Application form on our website

You can also change the surname of a child, this can easily be accomplished using the Child Application form on the ‘Apply Now’ page of our site. Parents, in particular mothers often change their children’s surnames to match that of a new partner or, (following the breakdown of a relationship) to their own maiden name .

In some cases you may require two surnames for example John Jones Smith may wish to use both Jones and Smith as his new surnames, this can be accomplished in two ways, firstly he may choose to double-barrel his surname to form Jones-Smith, or secondly he may wish to just use Jones Smith as his surname without a hyphen.

If you choose to have two surnames without a hyphen then please enter your surnames in capital letters i.e. in the example above John Jones Smith would enter ‘John Jones SMITH’ as his current name and ‘John JONES SMITH’ as his new name.

We will then prepare the Deed Poll paperwork in the same format so that there is a clear distinction between fore, middle and surnames.Most people choosing to change their names by Deed Poll will have a UK driving licence and therefore they will need to have this re-issued in their new name.

This guide explains what you need to do in order to receive a replacement driving licence in your new name.

what you need to do:
You will need to obtain form D1 ‘order for a driving licence’ available from the DVLA form ordering service or from any Post Office® branch. The DVLA online form ordering service can be found at:

Once you have obtained and completed the form you will need to send it to the address below along with your Deed Poll and both your photo driving licence and paper counterpart.

All completed orders should be returned to:

SA99 1BN

General Notes:
The DVLA will aim to deliver your new driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your order however it can take longer if they have to check your health or personal details.

Please note there is no charge for a replacement driving licence unless your photograph’s due for renewal.

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