How to change your name
Do you want to change your name?
If you are over 16 in the UK, you are free to change any part of your name, including your first name, middle names, and surname, at any time. If you wish to enrol the deed with the Royal Courts of Justice, you must be over 18.
In order to prepare a change of name deed, our team will need to know the following:
- Your existing full name;
- Your proposed new name;
- Full address;
- Marital status; and
Samuels Solicitors LLP charge a fixed fee of £150 plus VAT to prepare a change of name deed and provide you with certified copies of the deed to present to the relevant organisations (such as the passport office, DVLA, banks and building societies etc.) so they can update their records, which is usually satisfactory.
Your can choose to enrol the deed with the Royal Courts of Justice for a fee of £36, although this is not compulsory. Samuels’ fixed fee for drafting the deed and accompanying documents for enrolment is only £200 plus VAT. You will need to tell us whether you wish to enrol the change of name deed when you instruct us.
The enrolment process includes obtaining a statutory declaration from a person who has known you for 10 years or more. This person must not related to you, they must be a Commonwealth or British citizen and a home owner. This statutory declaration will need to be sworn as an oath by another solicitor and the fee for this is usually £5-10. An application for a notice in the London Gazette is also required, and we will deal with this for you.
If you want to change your name, we will make the process quick and simple for you. Why not contact us today to see how we can help?