Guidance

Change of name guidance for official documents

Home Office guidance on how applications are handled to change names on official documents.

Documents

Change of name guidance

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Annex A: use of names in passports

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Detail

This document contains guidance about how the Home Office handles applications to change names on official documents it issues, such as British passports, Home Office Travel Documents (HODT), biometric residence permits (BRP) and other forms of immigration documentation.

It sets out the Home Office requirement for individuals to use one name for all official purposes and explains the additional security requirements in place when considering the use of names in the British passport.

Annex A gives specific information on changing a name in a British passport.