Changing your name
Below are the addresses for each Deed Poll Service.
Legal Deed Poll Service (England)
Ground Floor, 31-35 Kirby Street, London. EC1N 8TE
Telephone: 020 3514 0938 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Deed Poll Service (Scotland)
First Floor, 93-95 Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Scotland. EH2 1DJ
Telephone: 0131 608 0189 E-mail: email@example.com
Legal Deed Poll Service (Wales)
Pierhead Street,Cardiff Bay, Cardiff. Wales. CF10 4DQ
Telephone: 029 20 291 688 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Deed Poll Service (NI)
First Floor, Cromac Square,Belfast. Northern Ireland. BT2 8LA
Telephone: 0289 0538 499 E-mail: email@example.com
Who should you inform about your change of name?
Listed below are some companies you may need to notify about your change of name.
HM Revenue & Customs
This is the best place to start when changing your name. For me this was really quite straight forward, I just rang them up and changed it over the phone. This will update your records for Income Tax, Tax Credits, Child Benefit and National Insurance contributions. You can email them with your change of details or contact them by phone on 0300 200 3300.
Pop in and see your HR department and just ask them to change your name and take along your deed poll just in case they need to see proof.
If you are in receipt of any benefits whether it be Housing, Council Tax etc. These will need to be informed as it can affect your benefits.
For more information on how to change your name and gender when you are a student check out this website.
Pop into your doctor’s surgery and pick up a change of name form and fill it in remember to take your deed poll with you as they will need to take a copy so they can issue you a new NHS number. If your like me and choose the new title Mx when applying for your deed poll, you could find that your title may not have been changed as the Mx is still new and is not widely known yet, just change it to Mr.
Changing your Name and Gender on your Passport
If you already have a valid British passport in your birth gender but wish to change your gender. In addition to sending back your old passport, you will need to include one of the following as part of your application:
- A birth or adoption certificate in your acquired gender.
- A Gender Recognition Certificate.
- A letter from your doctor or medical consultant confirming that your change of gender is likely to be permanent, and evidence of your change of name such as a deed poll.
For further information go to Gov.uk