With a Deed Poll, you can change your forenames and/or surname, add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names. You can change your name at any time and for any reason provided it is not to deceive or defraud or to avoid an obligation.
You can change your or your child’s legal name by doing a Deed Poll. A Deed Poll is a legal document which legally binds the person who signs it to a particular course of action as detailed on the Deed Poll document. It will change all your official documents and records changed to show your new name e.g. your UK passport, driving licence, bank account, credit card, medical records etc, you will be asked to produce documentary evidence of your name change. A Deed Poll document is a formal statement that enables you to prove to such record holders that you have changed your name and it provides you with the required documentary evidence of the name by which you wish to be known.
A Deed Poll for a change of name contains three declarations and by executing the Deed Poll (signing, dating and having your signing witnessed) you are legally committing yourself to:
Abandoning the use of your former name;
Using your new name only at all times;
Requiring all persons to address you by your new name only.