TOP FIVE NAME CHANGE MYTHS
Top Five Name Change Myths
A lot of people imagine that Deed Polls are issued by a government service or department. You may have searched for “deedpoll.gov.uk” or “UK Government Deed Poll”, but this is completely incorrect.
A Deed Poll is a legal document. The UK Government has no involvement in legal services/documents, whether for name change or any other purpose. Deed Polls are issued by the private sector. Thanks to the Internet, you now have the choice of going through an online agency like us, or a traditional high street solicitor.
There is no such thing as an automatic, central register of people who have changed their names. If you change your name by Deed Poll then you can opt for the Deed to be enrolled in the Enrolment Books of the Supreme Court of Judicature (formerly the Close Rolls of Chancery). However, this is an optional process and it is not a legal requirement.
All Deed Polls that meet the formal requirements as stipulated by law are legally valid. The use of terms such as official or authentic are meaningless in the context of the authority of the document.
Some people believe that changing their name by Deed Poll is an automated process where an official department will update all of their records into their chosen new name. But, as discussed previously, this isn’t the case. Although, it’s a perfectly understandable assumption given the misinformation that is frequently posted on the Internet.
Birth Certificate Changed
The belief that the Birth Certificate will change is often linked with the aforementioned misunderstanding that the process is in someway automated. A Birth Certificate can only be changed in a small number of very limited circumstances.
Any changes made to, and the subsequent reissuing of, a birth certificate is carried out by the General Register Office (GRO). The GRO (for a small fee) can supply copies of missing Birth Certificates.