How to Change Your Name by Deed Poll in the UK - Quickly and Easily
If you intend to make a change of name by Deed Poll, you can do so in just a few simple steps. Although it is a legal process, you don't need to have a solicitor prepare the Deed, or even sign it with you. You can apply for a Deed Poll yourself online, and make it legally binding by having 2 witnesses sign the document with you. That's it!
Read on to find out how you can make the change, what you need to do afterwards and find the answer to many common questions.
Who can change their name with a Deed Poll?
Firstly, you need to make sure you meet certain requirements in order to change your name:
- You're an individual aged 16 or over
- You're a British national
- You're of sound mind to make the decision of changing your name
If you're under the age of 16, you can still change your name, but the person or people who hold Parental Responsibility for you will need to apply for and execute the Deed Poll on your behalf. You will require a Child's Deed Poll, which you can request on our website here.
If you're not a British National, but you're a British Citizen living in the UK, you may still be able to apply for a UK Deed Poll. You will need to contact the Embassy of your native country to ensure they will accept a UK-issued Deed Poll to update any official ID, such as a non-UK passport, through them.
Who will accept my deed poll?
We guarantee 100% acceptance for any Deed Poll issued by Vital Certificates, provided it's been completed and witnessed correctly once you receive it. This includes the DVLA, insurers, HM Passport Office, employers, utility companies, banks, education institutions and anywhere else you need to update your details. We provide an easy-to-follow guide with every Deed Poll order to help you complete the document correctly and if you still need support, our team is always here to help.
Who can witness a Deed Poll?
You will need to have 2 witnesses present with you when you're signing your Deed Poll, who will need to counter-sign with you. These witnesses much meet the following criteria:
- be over 18 years old
- know who you are
- not be a relative or someone you live with