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Can I change my child's name?
Can a birth certificate be changed?
Are there any restrictions on names?
Is a Deed Poll registered anywhere?
About Enrolled Deed Polls
Why do people change their name?
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About Deed Polls
About Enrolled Deed Polls
This article explains the pros and cons of enrolling a Deed Poll
with the Ministry of Justice in London.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no central register of name
changes in the United Kingdom. Deed Polls are not registered anywhere unless they
are voluntarily "enrolled" i.e. lodged for safe keeping, in the Close Rolls of
Chancery (from 1851 to 1902) and from 1903, in the Enrolment Books of the Supreme Court
of Judicature, which is located within the Royal Courts of Justice in London. After
about five years, the court's Enrolled Deed Poll records are transferred to The National
Archives, which is situated in Kew, Richmond, Surrey. The National Archives, which
is open to the public Monday to Saturday, have Enrolled Deed Poll records going back to
2. More about Enrolled Deed Polls
Enrolled Deed Polls from the Ministry of Justice are regulated by
The Enrolment of Deeds (Change of Name) Regulations 1994 (later amended by The Enrolment
of Deeds (Change of Name) (Amendment) Regulations 2005). The regulations prescribe
the procedure that British and Commonwealth citizens (who were not born in Scotland and
who live in the United Kingdom) must follow if they wish to have their Deed Poll enrolled.
The procedure requires an executed Deed Poll in the prescribed form to be submitted to the
Royal Courts of Justice in London together with:
If the name change is for a child (who is under 18), the following
must also be submitted:
- The applicant's birth, adoption or naturalisation certificate.
- If married, the applicant's marriage certificate.
- If married, a letter from the applicant's spouse consenting to the name change.
- A statutory declaration (sworn before a solicitor) by a British or Commonwealth
citizen who has known the applicant for at least 10 years and who owns property
in the UK.
- A notice for the London Gazette newspaper (see below).
- Payment of the £102 fee (as at August 2013).
If the application is successful, the details of the name change are
then published in either the London or Belfast Gazette newspaper [
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includes the applicant's new name, former name and home address. The same information
is also published on the Gazette's website. The Deed Poll document is then stamped
by the court and posted to the applicant." It can then be used to get the person's
documents and records changed to their new name (in exactly the same way our Deed Polls are
- An affidavit (sworn before a solicitor) by a parent explaining the reason for the name
change and why the name change is in the child's best interests.
- The written consent of anyone else who has parental responsibility for the child.
3. Why are Enrolled Deed Polls so unpopular?
Enrolled Deed Polls are extremely unpopular for the following reasons:
Enrolled Deed Poll are so unpopular that less than 300 are issued
annually, whereas we issue about 60,000 Deed Polls annually.
- It's a complex process that many people find difficult to follow.
- Separated women need their husband's written consent to revert to their maiden name
(in fact, all married people and civil partners need their spouse or partner's consent).
- You need to know an independent British or Commonwealth citizen who is prepared to
visit a solicitor and declare (by a statutory declaration) that they have known you for
at least 10 years and they own property in the UK.
- In addition to the £102 fee, there will be your solicitor's fees for getting the
necessary statutory declarations sworn.
- It takes about four weeks before the Deed Poll document is received.
- There is no difference in the effectiveness of Enrolled Deed Polls and the Deed Polls
4. What are the benefits of an Enrolled Deed Poll?
Although there is no difference in the effectiveness of the Deed Polls
we issue and Enrolled Deed Polls (both will get all official documents and records changed
to a new name) enrolling a Deed Poll has the following benefits due to a copy of the Deed
Poll being held in perpetuity at The National Archives:
5. Applying for an Enrolled Deed Poll
- Unquestionable proof of a Deed Poll's existence and execution.
- A certified copy can be purchased (but only by visiting The National Archives).
- Future generations can find the Deed Polls of their ancestors when researching their
If you are considering applying for an Enrolled Deed Poll from the
Ministry of Justice, before you embark on the lengthy application process, we suggest you
first use the checklist below to see if you are eligible to apply and to check if an enrolled
Deed Poll is suitable for you.
If, like most people, you ticked one of the No boxes, then an
Enrolled Deed Poll is not for you. Please continue using our website to become one of the 60,000
people who apply to us each year for their Deed Poll.
If you ticked the Yes box to all the questions that apply to you, then you may want
to embark on the enrolled Deed Poll application process to become one of the few people who
each year apply for an Enrolled Deed Poll. To find out more and to download the necessary forms
from the Ministry of Justice website, please
6. Deed Poll trivia
We issue daily the same number of Deed Polls than are enrolled annually
and we issue annually more Deed Polls than have been enrolled since 1851.
Last updated: 14 August 2013
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