Obtaining a Deed Poll

A deed poll is a legal document that allows you to officially change your name. For trans individuals in the UK, obtaining a deed poll is a common step in the process of affirming one’s gender identity. This guide will walk you through the steps involved in obtaining a deed poll.

1. Understanding the Process:

  • A deed poll is a legal document that declares your intention to change your name and adopt a new one.
  • It is a straightforward and cost-effective way to change your name officially.

2. Eligibility:

  • Anyone in the UK, including trans individuals, can change their name by deed poll.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a deed poll. If you are younger, a parent or legal guardian must apply on your behalf.

3. Steps to Obtain a Deed Poll:

a. Choose a Name: – Decide on your new name.

b. Create the Deed Poll: – Use an online service to create a deed poll. Several websites offer templates that you can customise. Here is our favourite.

c. Sign the Deed Poll: – The deed poll must be signed and dated in the presence of a witness. This can be anyone over 18 who is not a family member.

d. Notify Relevant Authorities: – Send copies of your deed poll to relevant authorities, such as the Passport Office, DVLA, and your bank. This ensures that your new name is recognised.

e. Update Official Documents: – Use your deed poll to update your official documents, including your passport, driver’s license, and bank accounts.

4. Record Keeping:

  • Keep copies of your deed poll in a safe place. You may need them for future reference.

5. Legal Recognition:

  • A deed poll is widely accepted as evidence of a name change. However, some institutions may require additional documentation. Check the requirements of specific organisations.