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How long does it take to change your name?

There are many aspects of Changing your name by Deed Poll that all account for how long it actually takes to legally change your name.

In this guide we go through each of those in just the right amount of detail, so that we can provide you with a clear view of how long the process takes, what might make the process faster, and what might slow everything down.

How you Apply

One of the main factors that can dramatically increase or reduce the timescale are how you apply. There are several options that you can choose -

Apply Online

The quickest and also most secure method of applying is by applying online. There are a wide range of benefits to applying online, which include -

Faster Turnaround (Dispatched the same working day)

Each order is professionally drafted by our team of qualified paralegals, and then passed onto our admin team to be dispatched, all in the same working day.

More Secure

Our secure checkout is encrypted with 256bit SSL encryption. No card details are stored and the payment is processed securely by Stripe, which is one of the most recognized payment gateways.

More Accurate

When you apply online, you are given several chances to check and make sure that the information you have entered is correct. This makes applying online almost faultless with regards to spelling mistakes or incorrect address's.

Order Confirmation by E-mail & SMS Text Message

Once you have completed your online application, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail, confirming all of your order details, and providing you with an Order number, that you can use for reference when contacting our support team. You will also receive an order confirmation text message to your mobile phone.

Progress Updates

We update you via e-mail and text message at each stage of your order, from when it is received, to being drafted and then dispatched. We keep you updated so you know exactly what's happening with your order.

Apply online really is the most recommended method to Legally change your Name by Deed Poll, you simply apply online using any of the following -

- Smartphone
- Tablet
- Laptop
- PC

Then once completed, you will receive your order within 1 - 2 working days.

To apply online, just select which service is right for you, then click the apply online button on any of the following page -

- Adult Deed Poll Service
- Child Deed Poll Service
- Replacement / Lost Deed Poll Service (Covers Adult and Child)


With many Deed Poll Service providers you can apply by post, by sending all of your details along with a cheque.

We do not recommend this method unless it is the only option you have.

As this will cost you additional money, having to post your application to us, and it will also delay your order by 2 - 5 working days, as it will take this time to arrive and then have to be processed by our admin team before being passed onto our Qualified Paralegal team for drafting.

If you would like to apply via post, please send a cheque, with all of your information, including current name, new name and full address to -

Deed Polls Online, 
3rd Floor, 
90, 86 Paul St, 
United Kingdom

Which company you use

The main choice that can affect, not only how long it takes to change your name, but also the quality of your Deed Poll, Certified copies and the after purchase support that you receive is which Deed Poll Service Provider you choose to change your name with.

At Deed Polls online we provide a wide range on benefits compared to other providers, some of which include the following -

All orders Drafted & Dispatched the same working day

Each and every order placed with us is drafted and dispatched the same working day. This helps to ensure that every order is delivered within our expected time frame, which is 1 - 2 working days.

Many other companies will either charge you extra for having it drafted sooner or they will simply put a disclaimer on their website stating that their orders are dispatched within 2 - 3 days, which we think is far too long.

Postal Service / Royal Mail

Compared to other Deed Poll providers, we make sure that our orders are dispatched at three points during the day via Royal mail, in the morning, afternoon and early evening. We also provide free standard delivery on every order.

Certified Copies

Firstly what is a Certified Deed Poll / Certified Copy. A Certified Copy of your Deed Poll is a copy, that we have certified as being a genuine copy of the Original Deed Poll that has been hand drafted by our experienced Paralegals.

We draft and certify each copy so that whoever you send your certified copy to will know that it is genuine and legal. 

We recommend that you purchase at least 8 - 10 certified copies as it allows you to notify several companies and organisations of your change of name at the same time.

Purchasing Certified copies can really decrease the amount of time it takes you to legally change your name. Part of legally changing your name by Deed Poll is notify all of the businesses and Government organisations such as the DVLA and Passport Office that you have legally changed your name.

To do this you can send them your Deed Poll, with a cover letter (Example cover letter is included with all orders) along with a self-addressed and stamped envelope. The problem with this is, that if you only use your Deed Poll, it is going to take you weeks if not months to Notify everyone.

Whereas if you order certified copies, you can send several, for example 10 out all at the same time. You can also recommend that they keep them for their records, which saves you the cost of return postage.

How many Certified Copies do I need?

We recommend ordering a minimum of 8 - 10 copies, as you will need to notify all organisations with your records of your name change such as Employer, Inland Revenue, Mortgage provider, TV license office etc.

By ordering certified legal copies you can update all official records in weeks, and prevents delays in the process by sending photocopies that will get rejected by all major organisations such as HM passport office, DVLA and banks. (certified copies)

Signing the Deed Poll & Certified Copies

Once you have received your order, you will receive our clear and detailed guides that shows you exactly what you need to do. You will need to sign your Deed Poll in the correct place, in both your current and new name. This takes a matter of minutes to complete.

Getting your Deed Poll & Certified Copies Witnessed

The next step you need to take is to have your Deed Poll and any certified copies witnessed. This involves the witness entering details on all of you documents such as, their full name, occupation, address and signature. Included with your order is a guide "How to witness your Deed Polls & Certified Copies".

For further information about how to witness your Deed Poll and who can witness it, please read the following link

Who can Witness your Deed Poll?

What can you do to speed up the process

To speed up the change of name process, we recommend doing the following -

- Using a Deed Poll service that drafts and dispatches the same working day (Which Deed Polls Online do)

- Make sure that you order the correct amount of certified copies, we recommend a minimum of 8 - 10 certified copies

- Arrange a time suitable for your witness

- Apply Online using our secure online application

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