You can legally change your name for free without needing a formal record. However, many places such as banks and the Passport Agency need some proof of the name change.

Your name can't be...

  • rude or offensive
  • chosen with the intent to commit fraud
  • used to create the impression of a title such as Sir, Dame, Lord, Lady, etc.

 

Applying using a paper form

Simply print out and fill in the change of name form for either an adult or a child. When applying to change a child's name (under 16 years of age) you must complete the consent form too. When your application has been processed we'll call you to book an appointment and take payment over the phone via credit/debit card.

Documents you need to bring to your appointment

Adult's change of name deed

If you're applying for an adult's change of name deed, the applicant needs to bring (where applicable):

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • naturalisation certificate
  • marriage certificate / civil partnership certificate
  • decree absolute / dissolution of civil partnership
  • proof of current address
  • official English translation of the above documents.

Child's change of name deed

If you're applying for a child's change of name deed, you need to bring (where  applicable):

  • child's passport
  • child's birth certificate
  • naturalisation certificate
  • marriage certificate / civil partnership certificate
  • decree absolute / dissolution of civil partnership
  • identification of applicant
  • parental responsibility order
  • custody order
  • residence order
  • death certificate
  • proof of current address for parent and child
  • official English translation of the above documents.

 

Cost of a change of name deed

A change of name deed costs £65 per person, including VAT.

You get a certified copy of the Change of Name Deed included in the price.

We'll keep a copy for our archives and you can buy certified copies for £10 at a later date if you need to.

Contact details

The Citizenship Unit
The Old Courthouse
St Albans Road East
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL10 0ES


Call 01707 897396 or email us if you have any questions.