Changing your name

When a man marries a woman, he can adopt her surname, or he may continue using his own surname. However, if he chooses to adopt his wife’s surname, he can use his marriage certificate as proof of name change. Which means that he can send his marriage certificate to HM Passport Office, the DVLA and all other companies, organisations and government departments to change his surname on their records. The same applies to a married woman if she wants to adopt her husband’s surname, and to partners in a same sex marriage or civil partnership.

Although you may not have to change your name by Deed Poll, if your marriage certificate becomes lost or damaged it can cost up to £23.40 to obtain a replacement. So you may decide to change your name by Deed Poll anyway so that you can keep your marriage certificate safe and send out your Deed Poll certificate instead.

Exceptional Circumstances

You will need to change your name by Deed Poll in the following situations:

  1. You want a double-barrelled surname, for example, Jones-Smith*
  2. You want to combine (sometimes known as ‘meshing’) your surname, for example, combine Jones and Smith to create Jonith
  3. You want to use your maiden name as a middle name
  4. You want to make other changes to your name, for example, change the spelling of your first name

*some organisations will accept your marriage certificate as proof of a double-barrelled surname.

Changing your Martial Status

You should also inform organisations and government departments of your change in martial status. If you use your marriage certificate as proof of name change then it will be apparent that your martial status has changed. But if you’re changing your name by Deed Poll, you should send a photocopy (not the original) of your marriage certificate, alongside your Deed Poll, to relevant record holders.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I use my former name at work for business purposes?
A. Yes, you can legally use your maiden name when working for an employer.

Q. What happens if I receive a cheque in my old name?
A. Most banks will allow you to cash a cheque made out to your previous name, so long as you can prove that you used to be known by that name.

The Next Steps

If you would like to change your name/title by Deed Poll then you will need to complete our Adult Application form.

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