Resources

Name Change & ID

Below are links and advice on how to change your name and get new forms of ID in the United Kingdom.

Free Deed Poll UK

This website allows you to create free deed poll. You enter your details and then have two witnesses sign the document. No solicitors are needed for this deed poll.

Amber says: “I used this website for my deed poll and it has been accepted everywhere including my GP, the DVLA, Nationwide Building Society, the passport office and others. It was really easy to use and it just shows that you don’t need to pay a solicitor in order to get an official deed poll.”

UK Passport Name & Gender Change

The link above to the Gov.uk website gives information on how to apply for a new passport and what you need to provide in order for them to change your name and gender. It costs £75.50 to renew your passport.

UK Driving License Name & Gender Change

The link above to the Gov.uk website gives information on how to apply for a new Driving License and what you need to provide in order for them to change your name and gender.

Tip from Amber: “They do not make it clear whether you need to pay for a change of name and gender with a change of photo. I purchased a postal order for £20 and sent it to cover the cost but they sent it back with my proof of ID documents.” 

HMRC Name Change & Gender Change

The link above to the Gov.uk website gives information on how to inform the HMRC of your change in personal details such as your name and gender.

At current it appears that a change in gender on the HMRC record is not possible until you have a Gender Recognition Certificate, but you can change your name. This will be a necessary step if you have your salary or pension paid through PAYE.

Updating your name with the HMRC is a relatively easy process.

Click here to go directly to the change of name/details form

Letter to GP - Name and Gender Change Confirmation

Currently, when applying for a new passport with a change of the assigned gender it is required that you send a letter from your GP or a medical professional stating that this change is intended to be permanent. Some have experienced difficulty in the GP understanding what they need to produce. The document provided here is an example of how to help your GP in writing this letter.

Name Change Advice

Changing your name can be a difficult process to navigate. Here is some advice from others on how they went about changing their name.

Amber says: “After I produced my free Deed Poll document I went about changing my name on things reasonably systematically. The first thing I changed was my driving license which did not cost anything, even with a new photo. This helped me in changing my name elsewhere such as the bank where it helped having a new driving license as a form of ID in the correct name.

My biggest bit of advice would be to save your passport until last (if possible). I was really lucky because I did this by chance and it paid off when I wanted to change my name on my other bank account (Barclays). The bank needed to see ID for my previous name because I had forgotten my pin number, without my passport I would have had great difficulty doing so.”