Deed poll and Statutory Declaration Change Name Documents online for £10
What is the difference between Deed Poll and Statutory Declaration?
Both Deed Poll and Statutory Declaration are valid ways to perform an official legally recognised change of name. Both consist of a legal document describing and relinquishing your old name and describing and adopting your chosen new name, along with several other details such your address and the date of your official name change.
The effective difference between Deed Poll and Statutory Declaration is how the documents are authorised.
To be valid a Deed Poll document must be signed and dated by you, and witnessed and signed by two people who should not be related to you. You must sign both your old name and your new name in the spaces provided, even if your signature has not changed. The signing of the downloaded document by yourself in the presence of your two witnesses, who also sign the document to confirm their presence, is all that is required to make the Deed Poll document and therefore your name change valid. Once this has been completed you have officially changed your name.
To be valid a Statutory Declaration document must be sworn and signed by you in front of a either a Solicitor, Judge, Officer of the Court or Commissioner of Oaths, who will also sign and date the document to validate it. In this case you must take your downloaded document to for example your local solicitor who will take your sworn oath and authorise the document with their official stamp. Once this has been completed you have officially changed your name.