The deed poll process

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The deed poll process

How does the deed poll process work?

The deed poll process was last year used by nearly 90,000 people in the UK.

The procedure of changing your name is very straightforward and does not require you to register your name change anywhere, although there is an option to do so, if you wish.

It’s not recommended to register your name change, simply because the additional cost to you does not provide you with any extra benefits.

There are 3 main stages to the deed poll procedure and each can either be done yourself, with the assistance of a company like ours or via a solicitor.

The 3 stages in the deed poll process are;

  1. Obtain official deed poll documentation
  2. Execute your documents by having them signed and witnessed
  3. Notify – You need to let everyone that holds records of you know about your name change

As you can see, the process of changing your name is very straightforward and does not require the assistance of a solicitor at any stage of the process.

Depending on how you choose to obtain your change of name deed documents and how many legal copies you order will ultimately decide how long it takes you to change your name.

Stage 1 – How you choose to obtain your deed poll

The quickest and easiest way to change your name is to order online and receive your name change documents within 1-3 working days.

If you were to attempt drafting the documents yourself, you could find that you spend weeks getting the necessary knowledge needed to formally draft a deed poll, without learning about the second or third stage of the deed poll process.

Our deed poll services cost just £12.99 and can be in your hands within 2 working days from the moment you order.

There are many alternative services online, and by using a search engine you will quickly see the other options available to you.

We’ve helped over 2,000 people change their name and compared to using solicitors or many other online providers, we’ve helped them save over £75 on the cost of changing names.

Stage 2 – Executing / Witnessing a deed poll

This stage of the deed poll procedure is probably the most important because incorrectly executing your deed poll can ultimately lead to it being declined by certain organisations and companies.

If you were to use Simply Deedpolls to change your name, you would receive a detailed step-by-step guide to witnessing your deed poll.

It clearly explains who can be your witness, where they need to sign and how often they need to sign.

A witness must be independent of you, so therefore it cannot be a family member or someone that lives at the same address as you.

A neighbour, work colleague or friend could be an example of a viable witness for your deed poll.

One of the main benefits to choosing our online deed poll service is that we provide you with clear instructions on executing your deed poll, so that it’s guaranteed to be accepted everywhere.

Stage 3 – Notifying all record holders of your name

At this stage in the process you have done all of the hard work, you now simply need to send a copy of your deed poll and a covering letter to each organisations / company that holds records of you.

A quick and simple list of record holders could include;

  • HM Passport Office
  • DVLA
  • National Insurance Records
  • Employer
  • School / College / University
  • Mobile Phone Provider
  • Utilities Companies
  • Mortgage Provider

This above list is by no means an exhaustive list of records holders you’ll need to notify, it’s simply a brief overview of organisations, institutions or companies that you’ll need to inform when changing your name.

With all orders, we provide our clients with an exhaustive list of all records holders they will need to inform about their name change.

If you decide to go alone and change your name without our help or the help of a solicitor, you may miss informing some very important places, which could have repercussions later on.

Once you have started to use your new name and you’ve been issued with new official documentation such as your passport and driving license, you will have completed the deed poll process and must now use your new name for everything.


Changing your name is a quick and simple procedure when you have sufficient knowledge to complete each stage of the process.

Using Simply Deedpolls to change your name provides you with an efficient way to change your name and for just £12.99, we’re one of the cheapest online deed poll providers.

You can use our website to view our services or to read more information about the change of name process.

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