Who you must tell about your name change
The list below will provide a starting point whilst not being exhaustive or overly complicated so that we don’t confuse you instead of helping you.
The organisations, departments and companies listed below in Section 1 are the places that will expect to see your original deed poll or a legal certified copy of your original.
Please note that you must send your original deed poll to HM Passport Office when updating your passport, any other document such as a photocopy will not be accepted as proof of your name change.
Those listed in Section 2 will accept a certified copy of your deed poll, which can be ordered on our secure checkout.
If you are unsure how many certified copies you will need to order, we have put together a page on what certified copies are and how many you may need.
What are legal copies and how many should you order?
A legal certified copy (sometimes referred to as a duplicate), is a true and recognised copy of your original deed poll that has been signed by us to show that it is a genuine copy and not a photocopy.
If you are looking to change your name within 8 weeks, you will need to order several copies of your deed poll, we typically recommend ordering between 6-10 certified copies.
It is important to order multiple copies of your deed poll as it enables you to update your official records and documents at once.
If you decide not to order any certified copies, you should expect the name change process to take longer than the typical two to eight weeks to complete.