Change name by deed poll
Change your name by deed poll. This deed of change of name is a declaration that you renounce your old name and that you wish to be known by your new name. It is a straightforward document to complete yourself and once completed, is sufficient evidence to provide to the UK Identity & Passport Service (the passport office), the DVLA, your bank and all other organisations that you have changed your name.
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About this document
If you are a British citizen and over 16 years of age, completing a deed of change of name (commonly known simply as a deed poll) is usually the easiest way to start the process of changing your name on all your documents and records.
The law recognises the name that you use on the majority of records, not the name on any one single document. So to change your name legally, you not only need to complete a statement that you renounce your old name and take a new one (a deed of change of name) but you also have to tell friends and family to use your new name, and you have to tell organisations such as government departments, your bank and utility companies to do so as well. Government organisations, who should be the first organisations to approach (since the most important documents such as your passport are issued by government organisations), accept a deed of change of name as evidence of your intention to be known by a new name.
There are many companies on the Internet charging high prices for what is in effect a printing service. We want you to know that there are alternatives to using these companies. A deed of change of name is a legal document, not a government form. There are no 'official' services approved by the government or run by a government department because changing your name is not a government matter. Nor is there any requirement to have your deed poll printed on special paper or stamped with a red, silver or gold seal. The document may look more 'official' or 'authentic' but the weight and colour of the paper and presence of a stamp have absolutely no legal effect. The UK IPS, the DVLA and all other organisations will accept a deed poll printed by you at home on normal white paper.
If you haven't already, we recommend that you read our articles on changing your name for more information.
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.
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By Theresa Watkins 15 January 2018
I was very much pleased with the document and found it simple and easy to use.
By Mandy Smith 13 January 2018
Hello,,i didnt use your deedpoll as i found a prettier one,,,,,thankyou though
By Kathleen Hughes 05 December 2017
it was just what I needed to evidence that I had reverted to my maiden name after divorce. One particular financial institution insisted that such a document was necessary to effect the change.
I chose you as the process was fast and straightforward with the added benefit of sample letters to utility companies etc
By Beddridden Abdul Al Barten 27 November 2017
Straight forward, quick and easy to use. Law like it ought to be.
My nephew who had his name changed whilst a child, needed a change of name proof for his marriage in Turkey. Deed Poll gave him a document that showed his old name was the same as his new one! (No birth name on it)
The Net Lawman quickly and effortlessly gave us the perfect document needed for the Turkish civil authority to link his birth certificate and his passport name together.
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By Naomi Lee 05 November 2017
Incredibly easy to edit to my needs, the areas are easily identifiable with a blue colour, and the whole process took less than 10 mins.
By Julie Shepherdson 05 October 2017
Very easy to complete, and saves solicitor's fees. I have used Net Lawman before, and, with their free document download together with easy to follow examples, was able to manage my divorce without a solicitor.
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By Emily Speak 19 August 2017
Easy to complete and download . Would definitely recommend to others and i will certainly consider using agian should i need to.
By Emily Speak 19 August 2017
It was very easy to use and provided me with a document i needed in a hurry.
By Seyran Uz 03 August 2017
It is very easy&hassle free to download and most importantly, it has been accepted. I definitely recommend. Thanks
By Avril Hughes 27 July 2017
Seems clear and consise.I have not used it yet so cannot say if it will be accepted.
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By Jason Grimwood 11 July 2017
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By Janet Duperre 15 May 2015
Deed has been accepted everywhere I have used it so far except for Facebook.
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Clear instructions including comprehensive advice, very simple registration process and what appears to be good quality information. Proof of the pudding will be once the document is completed, that it is accepted as valid!
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By David Buckingham 15 May 2017
Very easy to download and use, just hope it will be accepted by passport office, as the post office document check service seemed to think it needed to be more formal with headed paper and a stamp of authority? Hopefully all will be Ok.
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