You could delay changing your name and having all official records updated with your new name by several weeks to months by not ordering certified legal copies.
As you need to notify all records holders of your name change, it is advisable to order at least 4 certified copies of your original to speed up the process and also to make sure that if you lose your original you don’t have to order another original copy for more money.
Trying to update any government records, your driving license or financial institutions with a photocopy will only result in it not being accepted.
We advise everyone to obtain at least 4 copies of your original, as we are not able to provide you with any certified copies once you have applied online.
A certified copy will be a satisfactory document evidence for most companies and organisations, which speeds up the process of changing your name and updating all records of your name change.
Using legal copies vs photocopies
The main and most important difference between certified copies and photocopies is that photocopies are not recognised or accepted by most organisations as legal proof of your name change.
All legal copies that we draft for you will be a true and genuine copy of your original and will also be signed by us to show that it is not a photocopy.
Legal copies are just £2 each and will drastically speed up the time it takes to change your name, which will typically take between two to eight weeks if you order at least 6 certified copies.
How to use your legal copies
To use your certified copies correctly you will simply need to send record holders your signed document, which asks them to update their records accordingly.
Before you send out your certified copies to update your records and documents, you will need to sign the document in the exact same way as you sign your original deed poll.
Ordering copies of your deed poll will allow you to update several official records and documents at once without having to wait for your deed poll to be returned.
How many do you need to order?
We recommend ordering at least 6 – 10 copies if you are looking to change your name within eight weeks.
As you need to inform everyone whom you have records with, it saves an enormous amount of time being able to inform several of those at once.
Ordering certified copies of your deed poll will also ensure that if you lose or misplace your original deed poll you will have further legal proof by the means of a certified copy.