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Change of Name Deed Service

Buckinghamshire County Council offers an official Change of Name Deed service. Please note that this service is only available to UK citizens.

What is a Change of Name Deed (Deed Poll) document?

In the UK, anyone may change their name if they want to. If you do change your name (unless it is through marriage or civil partnership - see below for more information) many official bodies such as the passport agency, banks and building societies may request an official document to prove that a name has been changed.

If you decide to change your name through Buckinghamshire Registration Service, you will be provided with a document which will help evidence your change of name.

You will have to sign and date your Change of Name Deed, and it also needs to be witnessed.

IMPORTANT:  A Change of Name Deed does not replace a birth certificate.  For all official purposes the Change of Name document would need to accompany a birth certificate i.e. for obtaining a passport in the newly adopted name. In addition, please note different organisations may have their own internal policies as to what evidence they require for a change of name. Buckinghamshire Registration Service cannot confirm whether an organisation’s policy may require further proof of a Change of Name.

Please note if you wish to put your new name on public record you will have to "enrol" it at the Royal Courts of Justice and complete different government forms, information on how to do this can be found online on Gov.uk.

What can I change my name to?

By Change of Name Deed, you can officially change any part or your entire name. For example, you can change your forenames, surname (or both), add names, remove names, and change the spelling of your names. You can change your name as often as you want, at any time and for any reason provided it is not for deceptive or fraudulent purposes.

When deciding on your chosen name, the new name must not be rude or offensive neither can be used to create the impression of an inherited or awarded title such as Sir, Lord, Lady, Duke or Duchess, His/ Her Royal Highness etc. nor be chosen with the intent to defraud, it cannot include symbols or numbers.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

If you have married or entered into a civil partnership and wish to take the surname of your spouse, you do not have to complete an official Change of Name Deed. However, you should contact the passport office, and all other institutions such as banks and building societies and the DVLA to let them know you have changed your name. Your marriage or civil partnership certificate is your proof of change of name.

If you intend to be married abroad, overseas authorities will wish to see both your passport and your birth certificate. If the passport and the birth certificate show different names, then you will need to prove that you have changed your name and that you are the same person. This is when you may be required to produce your Change of Name Deed.

If you have divorced or are widowed and you no longer want to be known by your former spouse’s surname, you have the option to revert to your previous name, but if you chose to change to another name or if an organisation requests it, you will need to complete an official Change of Name Deed.

Can I change my child's name?

You can change your child’s name by Change of Name Deed if you have parental responsibility of that child.  All parents with parental responsibility must consent to the name change.  Only parents with parental responsibility* can change their child’s name and all parents with parental responsibility must attend the appointment.

Further information about Parental Responsibility can be found on Gov.uk

Please note: If your child was born in England or Wales and is under 1 year old you can change your child's forename (first name) on the birth certificate at your local Register Office. This is a free service, however you will need to pay a fee for a copy of the new birth certificate. This procedure can only be used once.

Children aged 16 – 17

When changing the name of a child who is aged 16 and 17, the consent of the child is also required in addition to those with parental responsibility.  A child in this age bracket cannot change their own name without the written consent of those with parental responsibility and would have to wait until they have reached the age of 18 to execute their own Change of Name Deed.  Children aged 16 and 17 have to attend the appointment in order to sign the Change of Name Deed.

Marriage and Civil Partnership of the minor aged 16

If the minor is 16 years of age or older and married or in a civil partnership, he or she can make an application themselves using the Change of Name Deed for Adults.

How do I book an appointment?

Once you are ready to apply, please complete the relevant application form, an adult’s form or a child’s form. You can deliver it by hand or post it to the Buckinghamshire Register Office, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1XF or you can email it to registrationservice@buckscc.gov.uk. We will then phone you to book an appointment. The fee will be taken over the phone to confirm your booking.  Please note that at the appointment you will only be issued with one Change of Name Deed. You cannot obtain further copies afterwards, so make sure you order as many as you need at the time you sign your deed.

If you need to rearrange your appointment, you can do this up to five working days before your appointment date and time. If you rearrange your appointment with less than five working days’ notice, you will have to pay another full fee when you re-book.  Please note you can only move your appointment up to three times.

Please ensure you attend on time, allowing enough time for parking and traffic delays, otherwise you may not be seen and will lose your fee.

Details of charges can be found on our Fees  page.  All fees are non-refundable

Do I need a Witness?

Yes, you will need to bring someone with you who can act as your witness. Your witness must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be known to you but be independent of you (not related to you by blood or marriage, adoption or surrogacy)
  • Not live at the same address as you
  • Be able to speak and read English

How long does it take?

At the end of the appointment, which will take approximately 45 minutes we will issue you with a new Change of Name Deed.

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

Required documents for adult application:

  • Your passport(s) OR two other forms of ID if you have no passport, for example,ID showing proof of signature if you do not have a passport e.g. driving license or ID showing your photograph AND
  • Your standard Full Birth Certificate(s) 
  • A Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate (if applicable)
  • Death certificate of spouse/partner OR Decree Absolute OR Dissolution Document of Civil partnership (if applicable)

Required documents for child application:

  • Your child’s passport(s) OR two other forms of ID if you have no passport, for example,ID showing proof of signature if you do not have a passport e.g. driving license or ID showing your photograph AND
  • Child’s Full Birth Certificate 
  • Parents’ passports or other forms of photo ID
  • A Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate (if applicable)
  • Death certificate of spouse/partner OR Decree Absolute OR Dissolution Document of Civil partnership (if applicable)

Please note: Remember to practice your new signature in advance because you will need to sign the Change of Name Deed in both your old and new names.

Buckinghamshire County Council is not responsible for registering your Change of Name Deed on the Enrolment Book of the Supreme Court of Judicature. Further guidance on registering your Change of Name Deed and the documentation required to register your Change of Name Deed can be found on Gov.uk

Buckinghamshire County Council is not responsible for verifying any documents you produce as evidence of your citizenship status.

Who should I tell about my name change?

View our page on who you should tell about your name change.

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