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Deed Polls

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 request your Deed Poll with Vital Certificates and have it done and dusted in as little as 10 minutes! Once you've made your request, our specialist team will prepare your Deed Poll and post your copies out to you to sign. We'll even email you a helpful digital guide to look through as soon as your order is placed, to make sure you enact the Deed correctly.

You can choose which Deed you require below. A Child Deed Poll is for any individual under the age of 16.

How do I request my Deed Poll?

Complete the online form for your chosen Deed Poll type

Add the Deed Poll to your basket and complete your purchase

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 either order a new one, or request a replacement which will reference when your original name change occured. If, however, in the rare situation you have been asked to prove you have been officially using your current name since a certain date, you will need a "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.

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 do require a Retroactive Deed Poll, just get in touch.

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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.

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Why choose Vital Certificates?

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100% Acceptance Guarantee

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

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Professionally Prepared

Bound and sealed on high quality stock by our specialists.

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Fast Certificate Preparation

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

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Ongoing Support

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

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Knowledgable Staff

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

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Easy Ordering

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

Do I need to enrol my Deed Poll?

In order to use your Deed Poll, you don't need to enrol it. It will be accepted by all of the following organisations and companies within the UK without this stage. The only benefit of enroling a Deed Poll is that your name change will be a public record, and most people don't want this to happen! An unenroled Deed Poll will be more than adequate for your official ID name changes, including driving license and passport, and isn't any less official than one which has been enroled. It's a lengthy and costly process, so we don't really recommend it!

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.

Deed Poll FAQs

  • In some instances, a name change may not require you to obtain a Deed Poll. For example, if you are married and taking your partner's surname, your marriage certificate will be sufficient proof for a name change. The same can be said for a Decree Absolute if you are divorced, or a spouse's death certificate if you are widowed.

    Most other instances of name change will require a Deed to be created. This could include:

    • Changing your name to double-barrel with your partner
    • Addition or removal of a middle name
    • Gender affirmation reasons
    • Family reasons
    • You simply don't like your name!

    Note that some government departments, such as the DVLA and HM Passport Office started to accept marriage certificates for double-barrelled names in 2005, but other companies including banks still usually ask for a Deed Poll.

  • To get a Deed Poll for yourself, you need to be at least 16 years old. If you're under 16, someone with legal Parental Responsibility (PR) will need to apply on your behalf for a child Deed Poll. Everyone with PR will need to agree to and sign the Deed Poll in order for it to be legally valid. Find out more about how to determine PR on our FAQ page.

  • You will need 2 witnesses to be present and sign your Deed with you, who must both:

    • be over 18 years old
    • know who you are
    • not be a relative or someone you live with

    The ideal people to ask are neighbours, colleagues or close friends.

  • Titles, officially known as "honorifics", are not a legal part of your name. If you are a Miss, Mr or Mrs, but would prefer to be known as "Ms" or "Mx", you do not need any documentation to make this change. You can simply choose your title by usage.

  • If you would like to change your name to more accurately reflect your gender, you can do so with a Deed Poll. Bear in mind however, that your official ID will still display your legally recognised gender until you obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate which you can find out more about here. To read more about Non-Binary and Transgender name changes, read more here.

    In the UK, the government currently only recognises two genders. You are still able to change your name as you choose, and can adopt a gender-neutral title such as "Mx." if you wish. More companies are starting to recognise additional genders and making accommodations in their forms and paperwork processes.

  • Although there are no offical laws in the UK on the use of names, there are regulations enforced by individual government departments. For example, HM Passport Office have their own guidelines on the acceptance of names and if your application doesn't meet these, it will be rejected. Things to generally avoid when changing your name could include:

    • A registered trademark such as Coca Cola
    • Anything deemed offensive
    • A name which is unpronounceable
    • Contains numbers or special characters
    • Includes anything which could be deemed misleading such as Lord, Duke, Prince
    • Is extremely long
    • Only includes a single name
    • Gives the impression you have honours such as MBE, OBE
  • An Apostille is a government-issued verification applied to documents that are going to be used outside of the UK. If you have your UK-issued Deed Poll and are using it overseas for official purposes, such as applying for a Passport or Citizenship, you will likely need this service; if you're only going to be using your document within the UK, this won't be necessary.

    Bear in mind that an Apostille is only recognised as full legalisation in other Hague Member states, including the USA, Australia and most of Europe. If you're using it outside the Hague zone, additional steps will be required. To find out more about this, see our Apostille page.

  • Yes, but you will likely need to complete several other stages before it will be recognised outside of the UK. If for example you're getting married overseas and need to provide your personal documents, the Deed Poll will need to be legally recognised by the authorities in the country.

    To make this possible, you will need to legalise, also known as "attest" your Deed. The process itself will differ, depedent on where you're getting married, and you may also require a translation. For more information, get in touch with our friendly team of specialists who can advise on legalising and translating your Deed for use in over 150 countries.

  • Of course. If you're presenting the document overseas and need it to be translated from English to another language, we can help. When you've added the Deed Poll to your basket, simply add your preferred service to your order too from the translation section. We will then produce your Deed for you and then have a translation made.

    Bear in mind that even if you request several additional copies of your Deed, each translation is charged per document, therefore you will only receive one translated copy.

  • Some companies may supply digital Deed Polls, but we don't feel these hold any real value. When you're presenting your Deed to a company or government department, they will expect to see an official looking document which has been professionally drafted and bound. Having a hard copy posted out to you for you to sign ensures that we can guarantee your Deed will be accepted, provided you follow the guidance notes we provide on having it witnessed.

Find out more about name changes in the UK

If you would like to read more about name changes and how they can be done in your personal circumstances, simply choose a category below. If you can't find the answers you need and would rather speak to our friendly team, just get in touch! We're more than happy to talk you through your options to make sure you get the right document for your needs.

UK Adult Replacement Deed Poll€41.19

If you previously had a UK Deed Poll and have since lost it, you can order a Replacement Deed Poll. This type of Deed Poll makes reference to your historical name change.

If you can't remember the exact date of your original Deed Poll, don't worry! You can simply state the month and year as approximate date (please only complete the most relevant field in the form below).

As well as your professionally bound and sealed document, checked by our specialist team, you will receive a help guide on making your document legally binding.

This Replacement Deed Poll service is suitable if:

  • You're 16 or over
  • You're a British national living in the UK
  • You previously changed your name via Deed Poll
  • You've been using your current (new) name since the change
  • Most of your ID is in your current (new) name
UK Adult Deed Poll

UK Adult Deed Poll€29.42

If you would like to officially make a change of name by Deed Poll, you can request one here. 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. Our UK Adult Deeds polls are for:

  • individuals over the age of 16
  • British nationals

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.

UK Adult Deed Poll Single Copy

UK Adult Deed Poll Single Copy€29.42

If you would like to officially make a change of name by Deed Poll, you can request one here. 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. Our UK Adult Deeds polls are for:

  • individuals over the age of 16
  • British nationals

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.

UK Child Deed Poll

UK Child Deed Poll€29.42

If you want to change the name of a child under the age of 16, who is a British National, 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.