Advice for parents on changing a child's name

Firstly, you should note that a child is defined as a ‘young person under the age of 16’. If your child is 16 or over (or approaching their 16th birthday) he or she should apply for their own Deed Poll using the Adult Deed Poll application form, by clicking on this link. (Or you can apply on their behalf using the Adult Deed Poll application form.)

Changing your child’s name by Deed Poll is very easy - simply apply for a Deed Poll and then, when it’s delivered in the post, sign the Deed Poll with your witness.

Next, to update your child’s documents and records to show the new name, send the Deed Poll together with a letter of consent (see important note below), to each of the organisations that hold records about your child (e.g. school, doctor, Passport Office, etc). Each organisation will then update your child's documents and records to show the new legal name.

Important note: Before organisations will update your child's documents and records to show the new name, they will ask you for a letter of consent. This is because the law requires everyone with ‘parental responsibility’ (PR) for your child to give their consent to the child's name change. This simply means that you need to get a letter of consent signed by everyone who has PR for your child (we'll supply you with a sample letter of consent).

If you DO know who has PR for your child and who needs to sign a letter of consent, you can apply to change your child’s name by Deed Poll now, by clicking on this link.

But, if any of the following apply to you, click on this link first to go to our FAQs section to read more information about changing your child's name -

  • You don’t know who has ‘PR ’ for your child
  • You don’t know who must sign a letter of consent
  • You want to change your child’s name without getting a letter of consent signed by everyone with PR (for example an absent mother or father)
  • You want to download a letter of consent for signing
  • You have specific questions about changing your child’s name by Deed Poll

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