How to change your name

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR NAME

If you wish to change your name simply copy  and fill in the blanks in the statutory declaration template below and take it into any high street firm of solicitors and ask for it to be declared/sworn. The statutory fee is currently £5.00 (November 2007). You can then send a copy of your sworn declaration to  e.g. bank, Passport Office etc. as proof of your change of name.

N.B.  If one parent objects to a child’s change of name court proceedings may ensue. It is not possible to alter the name on a birth certificate; the normal rule is that a birth certificate cannot be altered more than 12 months after registration.

 

I ………………..(old name [in full, even if only changing a part of your name], address and occupation) do solemnly and sincerely declare:

1. I absolutely and entirely renounce, relinquish and abandon the use of my said former name of ……………….. and assume, adopt and determine to take and use from the date hereof the name of ………………… in substitution for my former name of ……………….. .

2. I shall at all times hereafter in all records, deeds and other writings and in all actions and proceedings, as in all dealings and transactions and on all occasions whatsoever, use the said name of ………………. as my name in substitution for my former name of ……………….. so relinquished as aforesaid to the intent that I may hereafter be called, known or distinguished not by the former name of ………………. but by the name of ……………….. only.

3. I authorise and require all persons at all times to designate, describe and address me by the adopted name of ………………..

AND I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835.

Declared at ………………………………….

this ……………….. day of ………………… 200- ……………….. (signature) ………………..

before me ………………..

A solicitor empowered to administer oaths

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