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Statutory declaration of name change checklist

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Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

Read the document to make sure it meets your needs. Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.

Print out the statutory declaration because you cannot sign online. Do not sign or date it yet.

You must sign your statutory declaration in front of a solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths so make an appointment with a local one.

In front of the solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths who has agreed to witness your document:

  • write the date in long hand in the space provided in the paragraph beginning “IN WITNESS…”
  • sign the statutory declaration of name change in both your old and new name in the spaces provided over your names.

The solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths will date and sign the statutory declaration of name change underneath your signatures, and print their full name and address. Most solicitors have a stamp with their address details for this purpose.

It’s best to ask the solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths to also certify some copies because you may need more than one. This means that a copy is confirmed by them to be a true copy of the original document.

Keep the original and the certified copies of the statutory declaration of name change in a safe place. Send the original or a certified copy of your statutory declaration to the following:

  • bank

  • service providers

  • employer

  • pension providers

  • HMRC

  • DVLA

Check first whether an original or certified copy is required. If possible, send out certified copies rather than the original.

Keep the original and the certified copies of the statutory declaration of name change in a safe place.

  • Apply for a passport in your new name.

  • Update your name on the Electoral Register.

  • If you own property, update your details at the Land Registry.

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