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Example Change of Name Deed (Deed Poll)

Why do you need a deed poll?

In England and Wales and Northern Ireland, it is necessary to provide a legal document known as a deed poll or change of name deed as formal legal proof that you have changed any of your given names or that of any children under the age of 16.
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Why do you need a change of name deed?

A deed poll is a legal document binding only to a single person or several persons acting jointly to express an active intention. It is, strictly speaking, not a contract because it binds only one party and expresses an intention instead of a promise.

For the sake of simplicity, we refer to name change documents as a deed polls throughout this website.

Formal registration of the deed poll with the UK government is not a legal requirement and 99% of deed poll documents are not registered.

If you do want the deed poll registered, it is called enrolment and the document is lodged at the High Court of Justice and placed on a deed poll register. The enrolment of the deed is then announced in The London Gazette.

The register of deed polls is searchable.

In England and Wales and Northern Ireland a name change by deed poll will never change your name of your birth certificate, you are simply now known by a new name and you may be required to produce your birth certificate and deed poll when changing your name with some Government department or official bodies.
You can apply online today and receive your deed poll documents within 1-2 working days. From just £14.99 we provide a low cost, but high quality deed poll service.

Our Deed Poll Services

Adult Deed Poll Service
Adult Deed Poll Service

An adult deed poll is the quickest and easiest way to legally have your name changed in the UK if you are 16 years old or older. You do not need consent from anyone to change your legal name.
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Child Deed Poll Service
Child Deed Poll Service

We can draft an official child deed poll for you, which will enable you to change your child's legal name. Please note that everyone with parental responsibility must consent to the name change.
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Replacement Deed Poll
Replacement Deed Poll

If you have lost or misplaced your deed poll and require a new one as legal proof that you have changed your name previously, you will need to order a Replacement Deed Poll.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of name can you choose?
We are Certified Members of the Institute of Paralegals, making sure you receive professional & expert advice.
Is there an official deed poll office in the UK?
This is a common misconception. There is no government department or entity that provides deed polls. All the providers of deed poll documents in the UK, are either lawyers or private providers like ourselves.
How long will it take to change my name?
You will receive your deed poll and copies within 24 hours of approving your electronic copy of the deed poll that we send to you on the day that you ordered the service
How much does a deed poll cost?
Our deed polls are £14.99 including vat, there is a drop down box on the order page for you to choose the amount of certified copies you require.
What other costs will there be to change my name?
The authorities where you change your name such as the passport office and DVLA will require you to submit your deed with an official application form and fees may be charged for doing so.
Do I really need a deed poll?
There are times when a Deed Poll is not needed to change your name. We have listed the most usual types of situations for you.
Do I have to update my driving licence in my new name?
Yes, you will need to apply for a new copy licence from the DVLA.
Can my employer (or potential employer) ask me about my former name?
If on application, the employers asks for any names you may have been known by, then you should tell them. Non discourse of facts such as these could lead to your instant dismissal.
You can apply online today and receive your deed poll documents within 1-2 working days. From just £14.99 we provide a low cost, but high quality deed poll service.