A deed poll is a legal way of showing a name change. It doesn’t change the name on a birth certificate, so you’ll need to show the deed poll and birth certificate to prove your child’s identity.
A deed poll allows you to go through the process of changing your child’s name on other official documents, like their passport. If you change your child’s name by deed poll, you can change it again by getting another one.
A deed poll takes things one step further than a statutory declaration. In fact, the deed poll application includes a statutory declaration (official statement).
How to get a deed poll
You can either:
- Make an unenrolled deed poll using a solicitor or specialist deed poll agency
- Apply for an enrolled deed poll from the Royal Courts of Justice
Many places will only accept an enrolled deed poll – so if you need to prove your child’s identity, check what type you’ll need.
Applying for an enrolled deed poll
You can change your child’s name by enrolled deed poll by filling in the forms on gov.uk. It costs £42.44 to apply.
The application will have to be signed by everyone with parental responsibility to show that they agree, and by 2 witnesses. If you can’t get the other parent’s consent because you don’t know where they are, you’ll have to explain this in the application. It’s important to say how long it’s been since you’ve heard from them, what steps you’ve taken to contact them and give examples of their absence, like not sending their child birthday cards.
Without everyone’s parental consent, you might have to get a court order by filling in a form (C100) and paying £215 to apply. If you’re on a low income, you could be able to get help with solicitor’s fees or ask the court for a fee exemption form. Find out more about legal aid.