A Deed Poll is a legal declaration of a change of name. In the UK, you can have a Deed Poll created to change your name if you do not have any other official paperwork to demonstrate the change, such as a marriage certitificate, Decree Absolute or adoption certificate.
You can choose which Deed you require below. A Child Deed Poll is for any individual under the age of 16.
Complete the information in the form of your chosen Deed Poll type
Add the Deed Poll you need to your basket and complete checkout
We will check, prepare and professionally bind your Deed Poll
We'll then post your completed document and any copies to you
Do I need a Replacement Deed Poll?
If you previously had a Deed and have since lost it, you can simply order a new one to replace it. If, however, you need to prove you have been officially using your current name since a certain date, you will need a replacement, or "retroactive", Deed Poll.
This takes the form of a statutory declaration, which must be signed and witnessed in person by a solicitor and you will need to provide evidence of usage to cover the time frame for which you are declaring.
Why is this necessary? Any new Deed Poll you create will only be valid from the date it is signed by you and your witnesses. In the majority of cases, this doesn't cause an issue, but if you are going through a legal process or need to prove it for financial reasons, this more formal document may be requested.
If you're not sure whether you need a Deed Poll, or just want to know more about the process, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
If you previously had a UK Deed Poll and have since lost it, you may require a Retroactive Deed Poll. This type of Deed Poll can help you prove your historical name change if you need to do so for official reasons, in the form of a statutory declaration.
A statutory declaration must be witnessed and signed by a solicitor. It will then be accepted by all UK governmental departments, such as the DVLA, HM Passport Office, as well as banks, utility companies and education institutions.
As well as your professionally drafted and bound Deed Poll document, you will receive a help guide on making your document legally binding.
If you are a UK Citizen over the age of 16 and would like to change your name, you may require a Deed Poll. A Deed Poll, once signed and witnessed, is a formal legal document stating you are giving up your previous name and intend to use your newly chosen new name for all purposes.
A Deed Poll from Vital Certificates is accepted by all UK governmental departments such as the DVLA, HM Passport Office, as well as banks, utility companies and education institutions.
We will prepare your professional Deed Poll and despatch it to you within 3 working days. If you need it urgently, we can dispatch it within 1 working day for an additional fee.
If you are a UK Citizen and want to change the name of a child under the age of 16, you may require a Deed Poll. It's important to note that anyone with parental responsibility (PR) for the child must give permission for the name change in order for the Deed to be valid. To find out how to determine who has PR for your child, read our FAQs here.
A Deed Poll, once signed and witnessed, is a formal legal document stating the child is giving up their previous name and you intend to use their newly chosen new name for all purposes.
A Deed created by Vital Certificates is guaranteed to be accepted by all UK governmental departments, such as HM Passport Office, as well as banks and education institutions.
As well as a professionally drafted and bound Deed Poll document, you will receive a digital help guide on making the Deed legally binding and a comprehensive guide on creating a consent letter to support the Deed.