What effects does it have?
What is it?
Informing employers, educational institutions, etc, of a change in name, pronouns, title, identity, etc.
How long does it last?
Organisations will normally expect changes to be permanent, though you may make changes several times if you like.
We’ve created a checklist of places you might want to notify of a change of names, pronouns or title.
Organisations to notify
See getting a new passport for information about how to update your details with HM Passport Office.
See updating NHS patient details which includes important information about screening tests.
Hospitals and clinics often keep their own records, so clinics and hospitals may not automatically update their records when you tell your GP.
There is information on how to update your driving license on the GOV.UK website.
There is information about how to change name on the electoral roll on the GOV.UK website.
If you own property you will need to update your details with the Land Registry. There is information about how to do this on the GOV.UK website.
There is a form to update your details on the TV Licensing website.
You can apply for a new European Health Insurance Card in your new name. You can do this on the EHIC website.
Some people may be legally required to notify the police - you can find out more about this on the Unlock website.
You may wish to update your name or gender on your birth, marriage, or civil partnership certificates.
If you were born in England or Wales, the only way to do this is through obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC).
If you were born or adopted in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may also be able to request a change of name (but not a change of gender) on a birth certificate by officially registering your name change by deed poll. People in Scotland and Northern Ireland can still update both their gender and name by obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC).
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Page last updated: August 2020