Welcome to the H-M-Deed Poll Service, used by 1,000's of British and Commonwealth people and their children globally since 2007 and accepted and recognised by all UK Government Departments and other record holders.
Most people that visit our website understand the deed poll process and want to quickly update their official documents and accounts such as Bank account or Drivers licence to show their new name, if your not quite sure how the UK Deed Poll process works visit GOV.UK
Changing your name by Deed Poll
You don’t have to follow a legal procedure if you want to start using a new name. However, you might need a ‘deed poll’ to apply for or change official documents, like a passport or driving licence.
A deed poll is a legal document that proves a change of name (What is exactly is a deed poll)
To change your name by deed poll you can:
- Download the appropriate form from the Ministry of Justice website (£102+)
- Create your own deed poll (Printer and Quality Paper Required)
- Use our trusted deed poll service (£9.99 includes free postage)
Changing your name after marriage or civil partnership
You don’t need a deed poll if you want to take your partner’s surname after getting married or entering into a civil partnership.
Send a copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate to record holders, with a covering letter, and your documents and records will be changed for free to show your new surname.
You’ll need a deed poll if you get married or enter into a civil partnership and want to double-barrel your surname.
Changing your name after divorce or end a civil partnership
After getting divorced or ending a civil partnership, you may be able to go back to your original name by presenting either:
- your marriage certificate and your decree absolute
- your civil partnership certificate and your final order
Some organisations may not agree to change your name back without a deed poll.
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A Deed Poll is a legal document, not a certificate. It binds the person who signs it to a particular course of action as detailed on the Deed Poll document such as a change of name. The modern term for this document is a Deed of Change of Name. By executing the Deed Poll (signing, dating and having it witnessed) you are committing yourself to:
i. Abandoning the use of your former name
ii. Using your new name at all times
iii. Requiring all persons to address you by your new name
A Deed Poll therefore provides documentary evidence that you have changed your name and that you are legally binding yourself to using your new name. A Deed Poll is an English legal document, it is recognized by all UK government departments and UK companies and organisations.
What is the purpose of a Deed Poll ?
If you want to get all of your documents and records changed to show a new name e.g. your medical records, bank account, credit cards, passport, driving licence etc, you will be asked to produce documentary evidence of your change of name. A Deed Poll is a formal statement to prove that you have changed your name and it provides you with the necessary documentary evidence of the name by which you wish to be known.
With a Deed Poll
You can change your forenames or surname, add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names. You can change your name at any time and for any reason provided it is not to deceive or defraud or to avoid an obligation. A Deed Poll can be executed by any British citizen aged 18 years or over living anywhere in the world or by anyone, of any nationality, living in the United Kingdom (parents can apply on behalf of their children). It should be noted that a Deed Poll is only recognized by United Kingdom government departments, companies and organisations.
Who can apply for a Deed Poll ?
You can apply for a Deed Poll if you:
Are British live in the United Kingdom as a British Citizen,If you are British, you can be living anywhere in the world. If you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can be of any nationality. If you are a foreign national living in the UK, we advise you to check with your country’s high commission or Embassy in London to see if a Deed Poll issued in the UK will be accepted as documentary evidence to get your passport changed to show your new name. Countries that have a legal system based on the British legal system will usually accept a Deed Poll issued in the UK. Other countries may ask you to get your deed poll legalised
Can I change my children’s names?
You can easily change your child’s name by Deed Poll providing those with Parental Responsibility consent to the name change. If your child is 16 or over, they must execute their own Deed Poll. If you have sole Parental Responsibility and the father has regular contact with your child you should still obtain the father’s consent to the change of name. If a parent with or without Parental Responsibility refuses consent to the change of a child’s name then a Court Order permitting the change should be obtained first.
Are there any restrictions on names ?
Although there are no laws in the United Kingdom relating to unsuitable names, there are restrictions we impose on what you can change your name to.
We will not prepare a Deed Poll for a name that:
Is impossible to pronounce, Includes numbers or symbols,Includes punctuation marks - although you can have a hyphen to link forenames or surnames (for example, if you want a double barreled surname) and an apostrophe in the case of surnames like O’Riley.
We consider vulgar or offensive.
May result in others believing you have a conferred honour or rank, for example, a change of first name to General, Colonel etc.,Other than the above restrictions, you can change your forenames, surname (or both), add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names.
Copyright and trademarks protection of names
There is no copyright or trademark protection for people’s names. Therefore, if you want to call yourself David Bowie for everyday use, you can. However, you cannot use your new name if it results in passing off or deception. For example, if you changed your name to David Bowie and you published music and/or lyrics in that name, you will probably find yourself subject to legal action by the artist David Bowie.
Who to advise after changing your name
After changing your name by Deed Poll you must notify everyone that has your personal records to let them know you have changed your name. Government departments and agencies such as the Passport Office, DVLA and Inland Revenue will need to see your original Deed Poll document (or certified copy) as will your bank, building society and credit card companies. Most other companies and organisations will accept our eCopy. If you have changed the name of your child, you will also be required to provide the letter of consent, which we return when we send you your Deed Poll by post. Templates can be easily found on the internet.