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An official document attesting to a name change is a deed poll. Any component of your name can be altered, including names, dashes, and spelling.

There are two easy ways to get a deed poll. Your options are:

  • Make a deed poll that is unenrolled. The application you submitted for an enrolled deed poll is very simple. Find out what type of deed polls the company you are working with will receive as proof of your changed name, such as bank.
  • If you are a permanent resident of another country, you cannot change your name by a deed poll.

Creating a deed poll

You must have two witnesses sign your Deed poll name change. They need to be eighteen or older to make such a change. Some organizations won't recognize the deed poll if the witness lives at the same address as the deed or is a close relative. Add the necessary information returning to the name on your birth certificate.

If you have already changed your name, you must state your intention to return to the name that appears on your birth certificate in a deed poll. Your current legal name is not listed on your birth certificate, and if you want to change it to your original name, you must present formal proof of the change; the birth certificate is insufficient in this regard. A Licence only allows you to alter your surname, and there is no guarantee that your application will be accepted.  An officer of arms will prepare a formal petition on your behalf and send it to the Home Office, which will finally determine whether to award the Licence if the Arms grants your application.  The Licence must be added to the College of Arms' official register after being authorized.  The Certificate of Record will certify that your name has changed, and this service has a price attached to it.


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