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A comprehensive guide to changing

your name by Deed Poll in the UK

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Changing Your Name

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Changing name by usage

 
 

Time Saving Tip: The quickest and easiest way to change your name in the UK is to

Apply For Your Deed Poll Online.

 
 

Due to increased security in recent years it is no longer possible for a person to change their name ‘by usage’. It used to be the case that you could change your name simply by starting to use a different one. Without following any formal name change procedure you could often have all your records changed to your new name.

Today however, if you attempted to change your name by usage and started informing the relevant authorities of your name change you would have little success. Government departments such as the Identity and Passport Service and DVLA will always ask for documentary evidence of your name change before amending any of their records. Even other less important organisations will need sighting of documentary evidence or at least a copy of such a document.

In order to change your name you can apply for a Deed Poll document which will provide sufficient evidence of your name change. You can then have all of your records updated into your new name, including the name on your passport.

 
 

Time Saving Tip: The quickest and easiest way to change your name in the UK is to

Apply For Your Deed Poll Online.

 

 

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