What effects does it have?

What is it?

Changing name by signing a legal declaration you will only use the new name in future, witnessed by a solicitor. This allows you to update other ID documents to a new name.

How long does it last?

The change of name is permanent. It remains in effect until you make a new name change by deed poll or statutory declaration.

More information

The simplest and most commonly used way of changing name in the UK is a name change by deed poll.

An alternative to this is statutory declaration, which is a document witnessed by a solicitor. This is sometimes useful if you are unable to find two independent witness, which is required for a deed poll change of name.

Once you have changed your name, you will need to update your details with lots of different organisations. You can find out who you need to notify and how to do it on our page about telling organisations.

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Page last updated: August 2017