The Change of Name Deed, otherwise known as a Deed Poll, is a legal document used to officially change a name of an adult or child.
It is used to update formal documentation such as a passport, driving licence, bank accounts and other records.
Changing your name can include changing any aspect by adding or deleting hyphens, changing the spelling or altering any other part of the name.
There are two types of deed polls:
- Unenrolled deed polls
- Enrolled deed polls
An unenrolled deed poll is a document you can make yourself without going through a formal legal process. The deed poll must be signed by the individual in the presence of one witness and can be completed by anyone above the age of 16.
An enrolled deed poll is a Change of Name Deed that is officially registered at the Royal Courts of Justice. You must be over the age of 18 to apply to register and use the Courts deed poll process.
To change your name, you simply need to start using your new name for all purposes. However, when you start to apply for a new passport or to open a bank account, for example, you may be asked to provide formal evidence that you changed your name. This is where a Change of Name Deed or Deed Poll is useful.