Change a child’s name
You can change the name of a child under 18 (sometimes called a ‘minor’) by ‘enrolling’ their new name at the Royal Courts of Justice.
If you’re 16 or 17 you can choose to make your own deed poll instead.
Enrol your child’s new name
You’ll need either:
- the agreement of everyone with parental responsibility
- a court order
You must try to reach agreement before you seek a court order.
If everyone with parental responsibility agrees
Send your forms and documents to the Queen’s Bench Division.
Queen’s Bench Division
The Royal Courts of Justice
Telephone: 020 7947 7772 (Option 5)
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
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If you need a court order
Read the guidance on making an application to the court.
Fill in form C100 for a ‘specific issue order’.
Send your form to your nearest court that deals with child cases.
It costs £215 to apply for a court order. You may be able to get help with court fees if you’re on benefits or a low income.