How to Change Surnames

How to Change Surnames

How to Change Surnames

While it's quite simple to change any part of your name in the UK, it can be really time consiming to get all your records updated. There are some general rules to follow - we explain the process.

Firstly, you need an official document listing your old and new name. The document required depends on your reason name change. If you changing names after marriage or civil partnership, just present your marriage or civil partnership certificate as evidence of your new name. In this case you will assume your new name, there is no need to denounce your prior name, nor is there any official 'registration' of your new name. Just start using it! You can order your official marriage certificate from any local registry office, no matter where you were married.

If you want to go back to your prior name you don't need to be separated or divorced. You will need to present a some official documents linking your current and prior names. If you're divorced, your divorce decree will be sufficient proof providing it lists both your married and former names. If both names are not listed, then you also need your marriage certificate. If you're reverting to your former name without being divorced, present your marriage and birth certificates. If you can't locate the necesary proof documents, you can reorder them from your local registrar's office or else get a deed poll. 

If you decide to change your name for a different reason, for instance change the spelling or order of names, add or remove a name or even want a whole new name, a deed poll is necessary. You can also change your name by statutory declaration; however, deed poll documents are widely available and well understood by UK organisations. We recommend as they provide legally complaint deed polls for under £12.

Once you have the right documents based on your situation, it's up to you to notify all the necessary organisations. A large number of companies need to be informed, including your identification (passport, driving licence), HMRC, electoral register, plus banking records, utility providers, phone and internet companies and more. Allow about 20 minutes per organisation to call up, speak with someone, then create and send any neessary notifications.

Easy Name Change provides you with all the forms, letters and emails to change names with all major UK organisations. You can also get full name change procedures for companies that don’t require name changes to be done in writing.

Always change names on your driver’s license with the DVLA first. Many organisations will accept an updated driver’s license as proof of your new name. The DVLA name change form is included in all Easy Name Change kits.

No matter what your reason for taking a new surname, we explain how to go about it and who to notify.

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