A Deed Poll is a form of legal agreement contracting the signee to a particular course of action, in this case, to a change of name.
By signing the Deed Poll, you are legally committing yourself to: Abandoning the use of your former name
Using your new name only for all purposes
Demanding that all persons address you by your new name
A Deed Poll issued by BDPS gives you legal documentary evidence that you have changed your name, and is recognised by all UK government departments, and organisations, as well as by all British Embassies and High Commissions anywhere in the world.
Where did the name come from?
A DEED is a legal document binding a single person, or several persons acting jointly, to an agreement.
Historically, agreements would be written reapeatedly on a long form and then torn irregularly (or 'indented') between the writings so that each party had a document with corresponding tears. This was known as an 'indenture'.
A legal form with straight edges became known as a POLL.
Who can apply for a Deed Poll?
If you are British and resident in the United Kingdom:
There are no restrictions to changing your name by Deed Poll, but please note:
An adult Deed Poll is needed when you are at least 16 years of age. A child is regarded as a person who hasn't reached their 16th birthday.
Undischarged bankrupts are free to make a change of name by Deed Poll. If you are self employed and want to trade in your new name, you must tell all those with whom you do business the name in which you were made bankrupt. This does not apply once you are discharged from bankruptcy. You must also notify your Official Receiver.