Change your name
If you need to let us know that you’ve changed your name, you’ll need to go in to your local branch, or write to us.
Visit us in branch
You‘ll need to provide your original name-change documentation (Marriage Certificate, Deed Poll, etc). You’ll also need to provide one government issued document and one additional supporting document to confirm your details. Please refer to the personal information and your identity leaflet (PDF, 126kb) for details of which documents are acceptable.
Write to us
You’ll need to write to us giving us details of the change required and sign the request with your old and new signatures. You must also provide your original name change documentation as evidence of the change as documented below.
PO Box 548,
Acceptable Evidence of a Change of Name
For Divorce situations:
Divorce Papers or Decree Absolute and a Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate or Deed Poll/copy of entry in the Register of Corrections (Scotland only)
For other situations:
- English language Marriage Certificate
- Statutory Declaration, which has been sworn or notarised by someone empowered to take oaths, usually a solicitor
- Deed Poll (not Scotland) – screen prints of Internet Deed Poll applications are not acceptable
- Copy of entry in the Register of Corrections (Scotland only)
- Amended Birth Certificate
- Equity Card
- Civil Partnership Registration Document, either issued in the UK or registered overseas
- Dissolved Civil Partnership Papers
- Evidence of a bestowed or hereditary title (e.g. Lord), an award (e.g. MBE) or a qualification (e.g. PhD). We only recognise official titles, bestowed by the state or inherited in the traditional way. Titles which have been purchased cannot be recorded on our systems.
You can change your surname to be double barrelled by providing an original copy of your Marriage Certificate or Civil Partnership Registration Document as long as the names to be used are those quoted on the Marriage Certificate or Civil Partnership Registration Document.