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UKbride Member Request 17 Jun 2017

Hi please could someone advise me on the steps on how to change my surname...

Hi please could someone advise me on the steps on how to change my surname after getting married. Is there any paperwork I have to fill out? Do I have to go to the council offices to do it? I'm so confused and not sure what the process is. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you ????

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Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 17 Jun 2017

Hi look it up on line is the easiest way to find out good luck :)

Sarah Revill
Sarah Revill 17 Jun 2017

I just literally spoke/ sent emails to everyone I needed too, most company's require a copy of your marriage cert x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

It depends on how you want to change your name. If your just taking your husbands surname then presenting your marriage certificate will be fine for that. If you are double barrelling or using your surname as a middle name then you will need to do this via a deed poll xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

You don't need to do anything official! You don't need to change it by deed poll or anything. Once you're legally married and you have a marriage certificate you can choose whether you would like to stick with your last name or choose his or a mixture of the both. Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

I found places just ask to see a wedding certificate if you're the bride, if it's a groom asking you would need to do a deed poll change. It's worth asking for a copy certificate at the time you get married as this is cheaper (& easier) than getting one after the big day xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

U just inform people, use ure marriage certificate for anything professional like docs, dentists, passport etc x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

Just inform doctors, work, catalogues etc etc.. X nothing too drastic x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

You just need your marriage certificate. Marriage is a legal name change for women,so no need for a deed poll or anything

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

I rang people who I need to notify had to send copies of my marriage certificate to some of them x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

I've been married 2 years and still not changed my name on some things

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

Your marriage certificate is all you need as proof of your change of name, you just need to take it in to places and they'll change for you, the bank photocopied mine, changed the name and ordered me a new card there and then in less than 10 minutes and new card arrived in 3 days! Things like passport and dvla you may need to send your certificate off, but all the info will be in their websites. My doctors didn't even ask to see my marriage certificate and just did it lol x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

You don't need to do it by deed poll unless you are double barrel or have your maiden name as a middle name. Most places just want to see your marriage certificate. I made a list of all the places I needed to change my name and started to work through it all, takes ages!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

they just give you your marriage certificate and you just take that into banks etc to change name thats all i did :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

Some can change online like sky or other utilities I found. Go in to the bank with your cert and the shop for your mobile. Have to send off cert for driving license and passport. I did council tax over the phone and hmrc online. Mostly it's pretty simple.

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UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

To be honest I called my council up over an unrelated issue and happened to mention I had recently married. The woman I spoke to insisted she change my name to my husbands and did it on the system without proof or anything. I was really annoyed because I am keeping my name and double barreling and had to get a manager to change it back ( strange woman) but anyway it is literally that easy. Might need a deed poll if you double barrel though. Good luck xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

Passport. Insurance companies too?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

I'm getting married next year but he's also a Roberts! I'm only changing from Miss to Mrs, do I still inform people?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

Your marriage certificate is proof of you either changing to his name, him changing to yours, or keeping your own. To create a new surname like a double barrelled one, you also need to do this by deed poll. You can read about the need for this on the deed poll website. You will need to show this document to the bank, and most other places, to change your name on stuff. You will need to send it off your driving licence etc x

Emma Percy
Emma Percy 17 Jun 2017

I've read that if you double-barrel as long as it is obvious where the names have come from on your marriage certificate then it's not necessary to change by deed poll (this was on government website)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

Sorry to jump on... but have you any amount of time to change your name?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 17 Jun 2017

You have to change it at each place individually and most will want to see your original marriage certificate. So go to the bank and change it there, do your driving licence and passport (think you may be able to do these online), ring any insurance companies and tell them. But be prepared to pay a fair amount in recorded delivery charges - I had to pay £11 just to send my certificate recorded delivery for the DVLA.

Unfortunately there's no one central place where you can change it and they notify everyone. You have to go through everyone individually and do it one at a time.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

If you just take your partners name then you don't need to do anything to officially change your name. If you double barrel your name you have to change it by deed poll. I checked this online recently (this week) so know this is correct. Xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

I changed mine but kept my maiden name as a middle name and I didn't need to do anything other than send my marriage certificate off for my passport etc.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

I was advised when i got married that unless youre changing your name to something totally unrelated to either yours or your husbands name that your marriage certificate is enough.
I double barrelled when I got married 5 yrs ago, my passport, drivers license and bank were all changed using just our marriage certificate x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

Me and my husband are double-barrelling. We've both done it by Deed Poll.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/how-to-change-your-name-after-marriage-the-ultimate-checklist/22019.html&h=ATM1TkNoZ7s5HAs8fOSepi1u5Lvnm12fWmh2Gi66ahMxedwuDNqz01xKjivNcSnNxzBE2DknpuzDXIg-yvzrgB4vahctTGrjX__ITvIdtFGynQekfQAGzj33GQ&s=1&enc=AZPM_vbL2AH8IoxW3g1UbROkaUP2shk-i2hqsl-w6n50CA7YW4prvbOCqy1wg38KYU7vV21tKsJBCmuNbjmvbLdo

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

My bank photocopied my marriage certificate and changed my name and ordered me a new card, all I had to do with my Dr was put in a letter stating why I wanted to change my name and what it was too, I phoned hmrc as we get tax credits and they just took my new name over the phone I was on the phone for 8 minutes and that was including being on hold, dvla will need your certificate sent to them but they don't charge you to change your name, passport office needs it too but of your like me and still have 9 years left on your passport I am leaving mine in my maiden name and just make sure when we book holidays it's booked under my maiden name, that's all I have done so far lol c

Emma Percy
Emma Percy 18 Jun 2017

https://deedpolloffice.com/advice/woman-getting-married This website has everything you need to know!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

You just need to give certified copies of your marriage certificate to DVLA, to change your passport etc. If you take the original into your bank they will take a copy & give it back to you

Naomi Chappel
Naomi Chappel 18 Jun 2017

You just need to let everyone know. Most official places need to see your marriage certificate so try to get official copies x

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