You’ll need to do one of the following:
- use the official forms - do this if you want the name put on the official register (sometimes called being ‘enrolled’)
- make your own deed poll
- use a specialist agency or a solicitor
There are different rules if you want to change a child’s name.
Use the official forms
You can put your new name on public record by ‘enrolling’ it at the Royal Courts of Justice. This costs £36.
Download the guidance and forms for changing an adult’s name - this includes the notification form for The Gazette.
Send your forms and documents to:
Queen’s Bench Division
The Royal Courts of Justice
Make your own deed poll
If you don’t want to register your deed poll, you can make your own instead, using the following wording:
“I [old name] of [your address] have given up my name [old name] and have adopted for all purposes the name [new name].
Signed as a deed on [date] as [old name] and [new name] in the presence of [witness 1 name] of [witness 1 address], and [witness 2 name] of [witness 2 address].
[your new signature], [your old signature]
[witness 1 signature], [witness 2 signature]”
Some record-holders only accept a new name that’s been ‘enrolled’ using the official forms.