A deed of change of name is a legal document—used in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some other countries with legal systems based on English common law—for an official name change by a person or family. It is one use of a deed poll. Some organisations, such as government departments issuing passports and driving licences, may not recognise a name change without documentation, such as a deed or statutory declaration. However, an official document is not a legal requirement for a valid name change according to common law.
1 Legal procedure
1.1 United Kingdom 1.2 Republic of Ireland
2 History 3 References 4 External links
In England and Wales, such a deed may be registered in the Central
Office of the High Court. Deeds so registered are advertised in the
London Gazette. A deed of name change on behalf of a minor must be
approved by the Senior Master on behalf of the
Master of the Rolls who
will take into account the child's best interests. A deed poll can
also be used to change a child's name, as long as everyone with
parental responsibility for the child consents to it and the child
does not object to it.
Registration of deeds is regulated by the Enrolment of Deeds (Change
of Name) Regulations 1994,
Statutory Instrument 1994 No. 604.
Compared to some other European countries, for example Germany, a name
change in the UK is easy and virtually unrestricted regarding choice.
Registration of a deed of change of name is not a legal requirement in
the United Kingdom. A standard legal document, with stock wording,
filled in by the person making the deed poll, and signed in presence
of a witness, carries sufficient legal authority to be recognised. The
witness need not be a solicitor but can be anyone over the age of 18
independent of the person changing their name.
The procedure, requirements and law surrounding the issue in Northern
Ireland are similar to those in England and Wales. In England,
^ https://www.gov.uk/change-name-deed-poll/overview ^ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1994/604/note/made ^ "Change a child's name". GOV.UK. Retrieved 31 January 2015. To change the name of a child aged under 16 (sometimes called a ‘minor’) you’ll need either: the agreement of everyone with parental responsibility [or] a court order ^ "Changing your name". AdviceGuide UK. Retrieved 23 August 2014. ^ "Enrolment of Deeds (Change of Name) Regulations 1994". legislation.data.gov.uk. HM Government. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2016. ^ "Applying for a Passport" (PDF). HM Passport Office. Retrieved 18 October 2017. ^ "Recording changes of forename(s) and surname(s) in Scotland" (PDF). General Register Office for Scotland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2011.
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