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What is a Deed Poll?
Why is it called a Deed Poll?
What is the purpose of a Deed Poll?
Who can apply for a Deed Poll?
How long does the process take?
Can I change my child's name?
Can a birth certificate be changed?
Are there any restrictions on names?
Is a Deed Poll registered anywhere?
Why do people change their name?
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Applying for a Deed Poll
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A woman's rights upon marriage
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About Deed Polls
Is a Deed Poll registered anywhere?
This article answers the frequently asked question "Is a Deed Poll
registered anywhere?" It also provides information about enrolled Deed Polls, which
are Deed Polls that have been voluntarily registered (enrolled) with the Ministry of Justice.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no central register of all name
changes in the United Kingdom. This is because name change in the United Kingdom, whether
by for example marriage or by Deed Poll, is a private matter, not a public or government matter.
Deed Polls are not registered anywhere unless they are voluntarily "enrolled" i.e.
registered in the Enrolment Books of the Supreme Court of Judicature, which is located within
the Royal Courts of Justice in London. After about five years, copies of enrolled Deed
Polls are transferred to The National Archives, which is situated in Kew in Surrey. The
National Archives, which is open to the public, have copies of enrolled Deed Polls going back
2. More about enrolled Deed Polls
Registering a Deed Poll with the Ministry of Justice is regulated by
The Enrolment of Deeds (Change of Name) Regulations 1994 (later amended by The Enrolment
of Deeds (Change of Name) (Amendment) Regulations 2005). The regulations prescribe
the procedure that British and Commonwealth citizens (who were not born in Scotland and
who live in the United Kingdom) must follow if they wish to have their Deed Poll registered
in the Enrollment Books. The procedure requires an executed Deed Poll in the prescribed
form to be submitted to the Royal Courts of Justice in London together with:
If the name change is for a child (who is under 18), the following
must also be submitted:
- The applicant's birth, adoption or naturalisation certificate.
- If married, the applicant's marriage certificate.
- If married, a letter from the applicant's spouse consenting to the name change.
- A statutory declaration (sworn before a solicitor) by a British or Commonwealth
citizen who has known the applicant for at least 10 years and who owns property
in the UK.
- A notice for the London Gazette newspaper (see below).
- Payment of the £36 fee.
If the application is successful, the details of the name change are
then published in either the London or Belfast Gazette newspaper [
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includes the applicant's new name, former name and home address. The same information
is also published on the Gazette's website. The Deed Poll document is then stamped
by the court and posted back to the applicant. It can then be used to get the person's
documents and records changed to their new name (in exactly the same way our Deed Polls are
- An affidavit (sworn before a solicitor) by a parent explaining the reason for the name
change and why the name change is in the child's best interests.
- The written consent of anyone else who has parental responsibility for the child.
3. Why is enrolling a Deed Poll so unpopular?
Enrolling Deed Polls is extremely unpopular for the following reasons:
By way of comparison, during the 15 year period from 2003 to 2017,
we issued 624 thousand Deed Polls whereas there were fewer than 10 thousand Deed
Polls that were enrolled. In other words, we issued 200 Deed Polls for every three
Deed Poll that were enrolled."
- It's a voluntary process that there's no need to follow.
- It's a complex process that many people find difficult to follow.
- Separated women need their husband's written consent to revert to their maiden name
(in fact, all married people and civil partners need their spouse or partner's consent).
- You need to know an independent British or Commonwealth citizen who is prepared to
visit a solicitor and declare (by a statutory declaration) that they have known you for
at least 10 years and they own property in the UK.
- In addition to the £36 fee, there will be your solicitor's fees
for getting the necessary statutory declarations sworn.
- It takes about four weeks before the Deed Poll document is enrolled and returned.
- There is no difference in the effectiveness of a Deed Poll that has been enrolled and
the Deed Polls we issue.  Both will get all your official documents and records changed
to your new name, including your passport, driving licence, bank account, tax and medical
4. What are the benefits of enrolling a Deed Poll?
Although there is no difference in the effectiveness of the Deed
Polls we issue and a Deed Poll that has been enrolled, enrolling a Deed Poll has the following
benefits due to a copy of the Deed Poll being held in perpetuity at The National Archives:
5. Enrolling a Deed Poll
- Unquestionable proof of a Deed Poll's existence and execution.
- A certified copy can be purchased (but only by visiting The National Archives).
- Future generations can find the Deed Polls of their ancestors when researching their
If you are considering applying to have your Deed Poll enrolled with the
Ministry of Justice, before you embark on the lengthy application process, we suggest you
first use the checklist below to see if you are eligible to apply and to check if enrolling
your Deed Poll is right for you.
If, like most people, you ticked one of the No boxes, then an
enrolling your Deed Poll is not for you. Please continue using our website to become one of the
50 thousand people who apply to us each year for their Deed Poll.
If you ticked the Yes box to all the questions that apply to you, then you may want
to embark on the enrolled Deed Poll application process to become one of the few people who
apply each year.
6. Deed Poll trivia
We issue more Deed Polls in a month than are now enrolled annually
and we issue annually more Deed Polls than have have been enrolled since 1851.
Have a question?
If you have an unanswered question about enrolling a Deed Poll,
on this link to email us. Alternatively, you can call our Helpline (see
top of page for our Helpline's phone numbers and hours). Mobile phone users
can call us by touching this link.
Last updated: 9 January 2019
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