Information and advice about how to officially change your legal name by Deed Poll
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About Deed Polls
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What is the purpose of a Deed Poll?
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How long does the process take?
Can I change my child's name?
Can a birth certificate be changed?
Are there any restrictions on names?
Is a Deed Poll registered anywhere?
Why do people change their name?
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General name change information
A woman's rights upon marriage
A man's rights upon marriage
A couple's rights upon a civil partnership
A woman's rights upon separation
A woman's rights upon divorce
A woman's rights upon being widowed
A child's rights upon adoption
Adding a middle name
Advice for transgender adults & children
An alternative to marriage
A unique gift
Changing your name on your passport
Obtaining a copy of your lost Deed Poll
Who to advise after changing your name

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How to apply
Apply in person

Public counter opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Saturday & Bank Holidays, 9am to midday.
(closed Sundays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Click to watch our video guide about applying in person

Personal callers are welcome to visit our offices in Freebournes Court, Witham, Essex (no appointment is necessary).  Below, you will see information about how to get to us by road and rail.  We have also included a Google map of our location at the bottom of this page.

In addition to answering your questions or dropping off or collecting application forms, you can use our Premium One-Hour service, where we aim to issue your Deed Poll documentation within one hour (a Deed Poll Officer will act as your witness if you wish to execute your Deed Poll at our offices).

Please note, if you are changing a child's name, you will need to bring with you a letter of consent signed by everyone with parental responsibility.  Please click here to visit our example letters of consent page.  If you need to find out if you have sole or joint parental responsibility for your child, please click here to read our page about changing a child's name.

How to get to us by road
We are 30 minutes from junction 28 of the M25 with the A12.  From the M25, join the A12 heading northeast towards Chelmsford and Colchester.  After 25 miles, turn off the A12 at junction 22 (the second Witham exit) onto the B1389 heading southwest into Witham town centre.  After half a mile, you will pass Witham Police station on your left and shortly afterwards you pass through a set of traffic lights.  You should now look for a parking space on either side of the road (Newland Street).  You now need to locate the statue of Dorothy Sayers, a local author, which is on your left heading into Witham town centre (Witham's JobCentrePlus is next to the statue).  You will find our offices, which are situated 50m behind the Dorothy Sayers statue.

If you wish to use a route planner click here to go to the AA's route planning website.  Enter our postcode of CM8 2BL for the destination.  Please note, the route planner will suggest leaving the A12 at junction 21 and going through Witham town centre, which will take a few minutes more than the route we have suggested above.

How to get to us by rail
Witham railway station is on the London Liverpool Street to Norwich line, with four trains every hour.  The journey time is about 45 minutes from Liverpool Street.  Our offices are just a 10 minute walk from Witham station.

Upon leaving Witham station, turn left into Albert Road.  At the junction with Collingwood Road, turn left, which takes you over the railway lines.  Ignore the first left turn (Easton Road) but take the next left into Avenue Road.  Shortly into Avenue Road, the road forks.  Take the right fork into The Avenue.  Walk along the length of The Avenue until you get to a crossroads with traffic lights.  At this junction, turn right into Newland Street.  Cross the road and walk along the left side of Newland Street until you arrive at the Dorothy Sayers statue, which is situated just before the JobCentrePlus building.  Our offices are about 50m behind the Dorothy Sayers statue.

Google Map of our location

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