When it comes to changing your name, you can be glad that you live in the UK. The process here is a lot simpler than across the pond – in America, you need to provide a good reason for the change and then have to get the change approved by a judge. The outcome is contingent on you being able to prove that this is not being done for nefarious reasons.
In the UK, however, it is a great deal simpler. What you are effectively doing is to sign an affidavit regarding the name change and swearing, in front of a Commissioner of Oaths, that the change is not being done in order to cover up the commission of a crime or in order to help you commit a crime at a later stage. It is a lot easier to get the change approved in the UK as well.
Begin by working out what name you would like. For most people, changing surnames is a result of one of three things – entering into wedlock, going through a divorce or adopting a paternal or maternal name. First names are generally changed because they are disliked by the person concerned. Consider, for a moment, if your parents named you Tinkerbell or some other such silly name – you would want to change it I am sure.
The first thing to do is to lay your hands on the right forms. The affidavit will need to be applied for and will normally be posted out to you. You will need to ensure that all the info contained completed is correct before attesting to it in front of the Commissioner of Oaths – it should give both the new and old names, your age, where you are from and your current address. Applying through an online service is the simplest way to change of name.
If you are both a citizen and resident of the UK, you should not have a hassle in getting the new name approved. You will know that the change has been successful when you get the new Deed Poll in the mail. This document then also needs to be signed in front of witnesses.
Congratulations, your name has now been changed. You will need to update any identity documents, your driver’s licence, etc. and you are legally entitled to use the new name.