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If you choose the deed poll option, you can choose to register (enrol) this document with the Royal Courts of Justice. This document will provide the necessary documentation and guidance you need to do this.
You can only use this document if you are 16 years or older.
You can use this to change the name of your child (i.e. under the age of 18), provided that you have parental responsibility for that child. You can't use this document if there is more than one other person with parental responsibility, or if there is only one other person with parental responsibility for but they don't agree to the name change.
This document is only suitable for children who are British (or Commonwealth) citizens and permanently resident in the UK. If your child is aged 16 or over, they'll also need to agree to the change of name by signing in both their new and old names.
Note that if your child is 16 or 17 and are (or has been) married or in a civil partnership, you'll no longer have parental responsibility for that child and you can't use this document.
To use this document you must be 16 or over, and must have it signed by a Notary Public.
Note that you don't need to use this document if:
- you want to update your birth certificate (apply direct to the National Records of Scotland instead)
- your name has changed following marriage/civil partnership or divorce/dissolution
Alternatively, this document is useful if you don't want to change the birth certificate, or haven't yet done it and need evidence in the meantime.
To use this document:
- The child must be under 16
- Everyone with parental responsibilities and rights for the child must agree to the name change
- It must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public