FAQ's Frequently asked questions about Name Changes by Deed Poll

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Q. How do I change my name?

A. There are two basic ways to change your name officially, both of which use a document that you can download from this website. These are by Deed Poll and by Statutory Declaration. This website will describe how to complete this process and provide you with a change of name document.
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Q. How do I receive my change of name document?

A. Via download for you to print. Once we have received your payment confirmation, which is usually instant via PayPal, your document is available for you to download from this website. You must log in using your email address and password to find and download your document ready for printing.
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Q. What is a Deed Poll?

A. A Deed Poll is a simple legal deed document made and executed by one party only, especially to formalise a change of a person's name.

Q. Why would I want to change my name?

A. There are many different reasons why someone would like to change their name. You may get divorced and wish to go back to an earlier name. You may be living with a partner and want to use their surname. Your child may be known by a different surname and you wish them to use your surname. You may just not like your current name, its spelling, or its pronunciation. You may change your name simply because you want to.
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How much does it cost to change my name?

A. The cost is just £10. For ten pounds GBP you receive a legally recognised name change document ready completed with your information to downloaded and print. Once your document is witnessed or officially sworn your document and your name change process is complete.
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Q. Can I change my child's name?

A. If you have sole parental responsibility for a child you can. If your child was born before 1st December 2003 and you are the only person named on the birth certificate, yes you can. For children born after 1st December 2003 you must have the other parents consent as from this date even if parents are not married, they receive joint parental responsibility automatically. If the other parent refuses or is un-contactable then you must get an order from the Court. Please note that we do not deal with any Court applications but we merely deal with drafting name change documentation.

Q. What do I do with my name change document once it completed?

A. Simply take the original document to wherever you need to confirm your identity such as the Passport Office, DVLA, Bank, Post Office etc. Some organisations will accept an officially certified copy.

Q. Can I just add a name rather than change it?

A. You may use the name change document to add a new name such as a new middle name or to make your current surname in to a double barreled name, rather than change to something completely different. Using an additional name is regarded the same as any other name change.

Q. Can I just change the spelling of my name?

A. You may use the name change document to change the spelling of your name. Changing the spelling of your name is regarded the same as any other name change.

Q. Do I need to use a name change document to go from Mrs to Miss after divorce?

A. If you simply wish to change between basic titles such as from Mrs to Miss or Ms you do not need to use the name change procedure as this is not actually a part of your name. You should simply let people know you wish to be known by your new chosen title.

Q. I have lost my name change document. Can I have another copy?

A. We keep copies on our system of all name change documents. You may log in and download a new copy at any time by logging in with your email address and password. Your newly downloaded document will have to be authorised as before.

Q. I have authorised the document correctly, do I need to do anything else?

A. Your Statutory Declaration or Deed Poll document is simply the evidence you have changed your name. You must inform the companies and organisations who you deal with, such as your bank and the DVLA etc. about your name change before they can begin to use your new name. If you do not inform all the organisations you deal with they will not know that you have changed your name.

Q. Do I have to officially register my name change document?

A. No.

A. You can if you want register or enroll your Deed Poll document, but not a Statutory Declaration document, at The Central Office of the Supreme Court in London, and put a notice in The London Gazette. At the time of writing the cost of doing this was £300, and this has no effect or benefit on the validity of your document. It is an unnecessary expense.

Q. Who will accept my name change document?

A. Your Deed Poll or Statutory Declaration documents will be accepted by all UK Government agencies and other institutions who need to check or confirm your identity such as the Passport Office, DVLA, High Street Banks or Building Societies, the Post Office, etc.

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Q. What is the difference between a Deed Poll and Statutory Declaration?

A. The difference is in how the documents are endorsed or authorised. A Deed Poll document must be signed and dated by you, and also witnessed by two people who should not be your relatives. This completes the process of endorsing a Deed Poll document. A Statutory Declaration must be taken to a legally qualified person, usually just your local solicitor, with whom you must swear an oath regarding your document. The solicitor will help you with this process and will then stamp your document to confirm the process. The solicitor will charge a small fee of a few pounds for this process. This completes the process of endorsing a Statutory Declaration document.

Q. Which is best a Deed Poll or Statutory Declaration?

A. Officially there is no difference between the validity of either a Deed Poll or Statutory Declaration name change document. Both types of document will be accepted by UK Government agencies and other companies such as high street banks or the Post Office. The only difference is in how the documents are endorsed. A Deed Poll document is simply signed and witnessed, whereas a Statutory Declaration document must be taken to a solicitor to be sworn under oath and stamped by the solicitor.

Q. Are there any restrictions on the name I choose?

A. Generally speaking there are few restrictions, although your name must have at least a first name and a surname. You may not choose a name that is offensive in any way or infers any type of honor or title you are not legally allowed to use. You may not change your name for any type of fraudulent purposes. As a UK name change service you must use only the standard Latin alphabet with standard name punctuations.
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Q. Can you tell me my legal rights regarding my change of name?

A. We cannot give specific legal advice but we can provide you with the appropriate legally recognised name change document as well as all the information you need to officially change your name or your child's name.

Q. Will my name change document have an official stamp?

A. No. There is no such thing as an 'Official Name Change Stamp' or other type of document seal, crest or endorsement. Name change documents should be text only. Your document becomes an officially recognised name change document as soon as it has been officially witnessed for a Deed Poll or sworn under oath at a solicitors for a Statutory Declaration.

Q. How do I receive my change of name document?

A. Via download. Once we have received your payment confirmation, which is usually instant via PayPal, your document is available for you to download from this website. You must log in using your email address and password to find and download your document.
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