We offer a Change of Name Deed service for any adult over 18 years of age.
A Name Deed is a document that proves a person has changed their name.
The Passport Agency and other government departments are happy to accept a Name Deed as documentary evidence to change a name on a passport or other formal documents.
A copy of your Name Deed will be retained by the Wigan and Leigh Registration Service indefinitely and you will be able to apply for a replacement copy if you lose the original document.
What can I change?
You can change your forename, surname or both and any names chosen must not be offensive or rude.
You cannot change titles to Lord, Lady or Sir or use any symbols or numbers.
What if I’m a foreign national or live abroad?
A foreign national living in this country can also change their name but must check with their own national authority to ensure they will accept the change.
British nationals living abroad must also check to ensure that the country they are residing in will accept the Name Deed.
How do I apply for a Change of Name Deed?
You will need to request an appointment with the Wigan Register office.
Once we receive your request a member of staff will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment time and let you know which documents you need to bring with you (see below).
What documents will I need to bring with me?
You will be told which documents you need to bring to your appointment. All documents must be originals, NOT photocopies and may include one or more of the following:
- Birth certificate displaying the name to be changed
- Marriage certificate
- Decree absolute
- Death certificate of late spouse
Services and fees
Standard Adult Name Deed
Complete one change of Name Deed showing previous name and new name which will be signed and witnessed by a Registration Officer. An archive copy will be kept of the Name Deed for future use.
Additional Copies of Name Deeds
Additional copies of change of Name Deeds available at the time the first deed is made.
Replacement Copies of Name Deeds
Additional copies of change of Name Deeds issued after the first deed has been made.