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Who to inform after changing your name

Executing your deed poll is the first step in legally changing your name. Once you have signed, dated and had the document witnessed, you must inform every organisation which holds your personal information on file. Some organisations will allow you to notify them by sending the deed poll to them by post while others (your bank, for example) will ask that you bring the deed poll to them in person.

The organisations you need to inform of your name change are entirely dependent on your personal circumstances but as a general guide you will usually need to tell:

  • your employer,
  • your bank or building society,
  • your mortgage provider,
  • loan or credit card providers,
  • your doctor,
  • the DVLA (to update your license and vehicle registration document),
  • the Identity and Passport Service,
  • HMRC (for tax and national insurance records),
  • your landline phone service provider,
  • your mobile phone service provider,
  • your internet service provider,
  • your local authority (for council tax and electoral roll),
  • your car insurance provider,
  • your life insurance provider, and
  • your local police force

Note: You only need to notify your local police force if you have any outstanding criminal cases against you or if you are required to be registered on the Violent and Sex Offender Register under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

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