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Applying for a passport in a name that is different to the name on your birth certificate
If you are applying for your first passport, and the name you are known by differs from that on your birth certificate, you will need to enclose a Deed Poll (also known as a Change of Name Deed) with your passport application. A Deed Poll is an official document that legally changes your name from any names you have used previously.
Even if it’s some time since you changed your name the passport office will still need to see documentary evidence of the name change before they will issue a passport in your new name.
If you don’t have documentary evidence of your name change, for example if your name was changed as a child by usage (i.e. without a Deed Poll), you will need to apply for a Deed Poll and enclose it with your passport application. The passport office will accept the Deed Poll as official evidence of your change of name.
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1. Applying for a passport in a name that is different to the name on your birth certificate
2. Changing the name on your passport following your change of name by Deed Poll
3. Changing the name on your passport following your marriage or civil partnership
4. Changing the name on your passport following your separation
5. Changing the name on your passport upon divorce or dissolution of your civil partnership
6. Changing the name on your child's passport
7. Applying for a British passport whilst overseas
8. Contacting the UK Identity & Passport Service
9. How to apply for a Deed Poll to change your name
This page was last checked today by Hazel Walker, Senior Deed Poll Officer.