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Who should I tell about my name change?

When you change your name, you must tell everyone who holds a record of your details that you have changed your name. If you fail to do so, you may be committing fraud. If you need to renew your passport, it is advisable to do this first, because your passport can be used as evidence of your name change for most other organisations, instead of your Change of Name Deed.

Organisations or people you should contact typically include:

This list not fully comprehensive

  • current employer, and former employers where you have a pension
  • pension providers
  • school / college / university
  • landlord
  • HM Passport Office  — to renew your passport
  • DVLA  — to update your driving licence and your vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
  • HMRC  (Inland Revenue) — to update your income income tax, tax credits, National Insurance,
  • Department of Work and Pensions  (DWP) — for certain benefits, such as Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit Office , if you’ve changed either you or your child’s name, and you’re claiming Child Benefit
  • GP (who will update your NHS records for you)
  • dentist
  • any other healthcare professionals or clinics you go to
  • local council — for matters such as council tax, housing benefit and social services
  • electoral registration office at your local council  
  • utility companies (water, electricity, gas)
  • telephone company
  • mobile telephone company
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • TV Licensing  — to update your TV Licence
  • banks / building society / credit card companies
  • mortgage provider
  • Student Loans Company 
  • Child Trust Fund  account provider
  • National Savings & Investments , for example if you hold Premium Bonds
  • insurance companies (e.g. car, medical, life, household, endowments, buildings)
  • motoring organisations, e.g. AA, RAC

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