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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.

Change your name in 3 simple steps

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Request your Deed Poll certificate online

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Sign it together with your 2 witnesses

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Use your Deed Poll to update your details

You can have your application completed in under 10 minutes. Our specialists will check over your details and prepare, bind and seal your Deed Poll for you and post it out to you. You'll also receive a digital guide directly to your email which walks you through every step of the process, to make sure you execute your Deed correctly.

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

Why choose Vital Certificates?


100% Acceptance Guarantee

We guarantee your Deed Poll will be accepted by all UK companies and organizations.


Professionally Prepared

Bound and sealed on high quality stock by our specialists.


Fast Certificate Preparation

We check and prepare your Deed quickly, before posting it out to you.


Ongoing Support

We email you a easy to follow guide when you place your order on how to use your Deed Poll.


Knowledgable Staff

Our team were established in 2006 and have years of experience in document preparation.


Easy Ordering

Fast and simple ordering process; request your Deed Poll in as little as 10 minutes!

Still got questions?

You can either get in touch with our friendly team of specialists who will be able to assist you, or you can read our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions. Whatever you need, we're here to help!

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If you're not sure whether you need a Deed Poll, or want to know more about the process, read our FAQs.

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