You do not have to follow a legal process to start using a new name. But you might need a ‘deed poll’ to apply for or to change official documents like your passport or driving licence.
The most commonly used and effective process for legally changing a name in the UK is by deed poll. A deed poll is a legal document that proves the change of name, and it can be used as evidence of your new title for the purposes of amending your passport, driving licence and other official documents.
The deed poll should confirm that you have given up your old name and will instead use the new name for all purposes, and it must be signed and witnessed. The deed poll may then be used to change your name on a passport or driving licence.
We will send you out a form which you need to send back to us. We will then draft your deed. If you are local we can witness your deed at no extra cost.
If you are not local, you will need to get it witnessed by a person that has the capacity to witness and attest documents.