What is a deed poll?

A Deed Poll is a legal form. Nothing more, nothing less. It is a legal form that binds you to a defined course of action. And that is to change your name.

That is all a Deed Poll is. A legal form to officially change your name.

Technically speaking ‘Deed Polls’ can be used for other purposes. But in popular usage a Deed Poll simply means a legal form that is used to officially change your name. 

If you want to get really ‘legal’ you can say that a Deed Poll used to change your name should be called a ‘Deed of Change of Name’. But we'll just call it a Deed Poll (it makes things simple).

What is on a Deed Poll?

A Deed Poll must contain just three statements. And you must 'commit' to these. 

  1. To stop using your former name
  2. To use only your new name and to use your new name at all times
  3. To request that all persons use your new name only

You need to sign the Deed Poll. You need to date the Deed Poll. And you need to have your signature on the Deed Poll witnessed. 

And that’s it! You have changed your name officially by Deed Poll.

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Published on: October 4, 2010

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