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Note that although you can use this to create a valid deed poll, it's not suitable if you plan to enrol (i.e. register) it with the Royal Courts of Justice.
You can only use this to change the name of someone aged 16 or over.
You can use this to change the name of your child (i.e. someone under the age of 18) by deed poll. The child must be a British or Commonwealth citizen who lives permanently in the UK.
To use this, you need to have parental responsibility for the child. If there is another person who also has parental responsibility, they must agree to the name change. You can't use it if there are 2 or more other people with parental responsibility.
Note that although you can use this to create a valid deed poll, it's not suitable if you plan to enrol (i.e. register) it with the Royal Courts of Justice. Enrolment often isn't necessary, but may be in some situations.
If your child is aged 16 or over, they must agree to the change of name by signing in both their new and old names. Note that if they're 16 or 17 and are (or have been) married or in a civil partnership, you'll no longer have parental responsibility for them.
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