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 about how to change name on the electoral roll on the GOV.UK website.
There are more details what to do if you have a Visa or BRP 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.
You may wish to update your name or gender on your birth, marriage, or civil partnership certificates. The only way to do this is through obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC).
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Page last updated: March 2020