Use this statutory declaration of name change if you are over 18 and wish to change your name.
What is a statutory declaration of name change?
A statutory declaration of change of name is a document that can be used if you would like official organisations (eg your employer, bank or building society) to recognise your new name. It can be used to change any part of your name (eg first name, surname or middle names). It provides written evidence that you have decided to change your name and would like your records changed to reflect your new choice of name.
Make sure you follow proper legal procedure when you want to officially change your given name, surname or both with this statutory declaration of name change.
When should I use a statutory declaration of name change?
Use this statutory declaration of name change:
- if you are over 18
- when you want to officially change your name, surname or both
- to provide evidence to your employer, banks and other organisations that you have changed your name
- if you are based in England, Wales or Scotland
Note that this document cannot be used to change the name of a child.
What is included in a statutory declaration of name change?
This statutory declaration of name change:
- provides written evidence that you have changed your name and now want only to be known by your new name
- will be accepted at most banks and other organisations as long as the name change is genuine and isn't fraudulent
Do I need a statutory declaration of name?
Although anyone can change their name at any time, in order to use a new name on official documents or have the change recognised by some government organisations, banks and even utility companies, you will usually be required to provide evidence of your change of name.
Using a statutory declaration of name change is similar to getting your name changed by a deed poll. However, unlike a deed poll, you cannot have a statutory declaration officially registered.
Aside from statutory declaration of name change and deed poll, the other way of changing your name is through marriage, civil partnership, divorce or dissolution of civil partnership.
How do I complete a statutory declaration of name change?
In order to make a statutory declaration of a change of name, you must be aged 18 or over. Ask a lawyer for advice if you would like to change the name of your children (eg in the case of divorce and remarriage).
A statutory declaration of name change should include your old name, the new name you wish to be known by, your clear intention to change your name accordingly, and your current address.
You will then need to sign it (using your new name) in the presence of a solicitor or a Commissioner for Oaths. The solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths must also include their details and sign the document to make it valid.
For more information on completing and signing the statutory declaration of a change of name, read our Make it legal checklist.
Do I need a solicitor to change my name?
Once you have completed and printed your statutory declaration of name change you will have to have it sworn by a solicitor (or Commissioner for Oaths) for it to be valid. You must also sign this document with your old and new names.
Who should I inform about a change of name?
You should inform all official organisations, banks and companies which you deal with on a regular basis. These may include:
DVLA (driving licence)
doctors and dentists
your bank, credit card company and building society
phone and broadband providers
You may also need to change your name with any online shopping or entertainment companies that hold your payment details (eg Amazon or Netflix) and your local gym or companies with which you have direct debit arrangements. This is because a different name to the one held by your bank or credit card provider can cause payment issues.
Can I use a statutory declaration of name change for passports?
To change your name on a passport you may need to use a deed poll instead of a statutory declaration of name change. Deed polls are more formal documents as they can be ‘enrolled’ through the courts. ‘Enrolling’ a deed poll means that you’re putting your new name on the public record.
Ask a lawyer for:
- changing your name by a deed poll. You will need to go down this route to have your change of name officially registered. However, this is not a legal requirement in England and Wales and a statutory declaration is accepted for most purposes as evidence of a change of name
- changing the name of a child
This statutory declaration of name change is governed by the law of England and Wales or Scotland.