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Changing your name when marrying or forming a civil partnership
  • You should think carefully about whether to change the name on your passport before the ceremony or wait until you've returned from a foreign trip.
  • This is because the name on your passport should match the name in which you booked your travel. If the name on your passport does not match the booking:
    • some countries may not let you in
    • some travel companies may not let you board their flights
  • This may be the case even if you carry your marriage or civil partnership certificate with you. You should check with your travel agent or the consulate of the country you plan to visit.
  • IPS can change the name on your passport up to three months before the ceremony. They will cancel your old passport and issue you a new one. But the new passport is 'postdated'. This means you cannot use it before the day of the ceremony. Some countries will not issue visas for postdated passports. You should check with the consulate of the country concerned.
If you decide to amend your passport before the ceremony
  • To amend your passport before the ceremony, you need form (PD2) and leaflet (PD1) 'Passports for Newly Weds and Civil Partners'. These documents explain what you need to do - you can get them:
    • by downloading them as PDF files
    • from Post Office branches that offer the Check & Send service
    • from any IPS Customer Service Centre
    • by calling the IPS Passport Adviceline 0300 222 0000 to get them sent out to you
  • The form should be completed partly by you and partly by the person who is to conduct the ceremony. The leaflet explains this in more detail.
If you decide to amend your passport after the ceremony

If you want to amend your passport after your wedding or civil partnership, you only need to complete the standard passport application form. You will also need to send your marriage or civil partnership certificate to IPS.

The Civil Partnership Act - changing your name on your passport

The Act came into force on 5 December 2005. It allows adults of the same sex to enter into a legally binding civil partnership. IPS accepts civil partnership certificates to show a change of name.


Going back to your maiden name

Fill in the application form, and sign it using your maiden name. Submit the form and the additional requirements.


Titles you can use on your passport

You can include titles on your passport like:

  • professional titles - eg doctor, judge, minister of religion, professor or QC
  • honours or military decorations
  • JP if youre a magistrate

Simply put the details in section 2 of the passport application form and enclose evidence of your title.


Name changes that don't match official documents

Send evidence proving the name change together with your signed application form using your new name. The evidence must show both the date of and reason for your name change. Original documents must be sent, not copies. You can send laminated documents as proof for name changes.


Changing your gender

Send your passport application signed using your new name and supporting documents. To know how you can obtain Gender Recognition Certificate: https://www.gov.uk/apply-gender-recognition-certificate. For additional information for transgender and transsexual customers applying for a passport: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/229992/Applying_for_a_passport_additional_information_WEB.PDF


Changing your name by deed poll

Send your change of name deed with your application form signed using your new name.



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Required Documents[edit]

Minor changes to your name

Send one of the following that shows your name as you want it to appear on your passport:

  • a letter from a local council or government department
  • a driving licence
  • a bank statement
  • a baptismal or confirmation certificate


Getting married or entering a civil partnership

  • Before the ceremony:
    • Standard passport application form
    • Passports for newly weds and civil partners form signed by the religious minister or registrar who will conduct the ceremony.
  • After the ceremony:
    • standard passport application
    • marriage or civil partnership certificate


Going back to your maiden name

  • Application form, sign the form using your maiden name
  • your birth certificate
  • a signed statement saying youve gone back to your maiden name for all purposes
  • a decree absolute showing both names if youve divorced
  • a marriage certificate showing both names


Name changes that don't match official documents

  • Application form, Sign your the form using your new name.
  • Evidence showing both the date of and reason for your name change.


Changing your gender

Send one of the following with your passport application (signed using your new name) and supporting documents:

  • a letter from a doctor or chartered psychologist who practises in gender dysphoria stating that you have a need to live in a different gender, and evidence of your change of name (eg your deed poll)
  • a gender recognition certificate
  • a new birth or adoption certificate showing your acquired gender


Changing your name by deed poll

  • application form, signed using your new name
  • change of name deed


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Eligibility[edit]

If you have valid British Passport you can change name and personal details on passport.



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Instructions[edit]

  • If your name has changed and doesn't match your birth, naturalisation or registration certificates, you'll need to get your passport reissued in your new name.
  • If you recently changed your name or plan to do so in the near future, you'll have to change the name on your passport. If you don't, you may be unable to travel abroad.
  • When you apply to change your name, your current passport will be cancelled and a new standard ten-year passport issued. IPS will credit your passport with extra time (up to a maximum of nine months) to cover any time left on your old passport.
  • When you apply to amend your passport, IPS cancels your current passport and issues you a new one. This means that any visas in your current passport may become invalid. You should ask the consulate that issued the visa whether you can use an unexpired visa in a cancelled passport. If not, you will have to reapply for the visa for your new passport.
  • The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will need to see documents showing both the date of and reason for your name change.
  • You must send original documents, not copies. IPS will accept laminated documents as proof of name changes.
  • If you have a child on your current passport, they cannot be included on your new passport because of changes to passport rules. You will need to apply for a child passport on their behalf.
  • If you wish to change your child's name on their passport or yours, you should call the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000 for help.
  • If you can't find the information you need here, you can call the IPS Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000. The line is open between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm Monday to Friday and 9.00 am and 5.30 pm on weekends and public holidays.
When you need to get your passport changed
  • If you have a passport and intend to use it before it expires, you should get it amended if certain personal details change. You should get your passport amended if you have:
    • changed your name - whether by deed poll or through marriage or civil partnership
    • had your UK nationality status changed (ie from a British subject to a British citizen)
    • altered in appearance so much that you can't be recognised from the photo in your current passport
    • changed gender (through gender reassignment), even if you have not changed your name
When you don't need to get your passport changed
  • You don't need to get your passport amended or notify the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) if you have:
    • changed your address, phone number or email address
    • changed your job or employment status
    • changed marital status (unless you have changed your name too)
    • changed your title
    • acquired nationality of another country as well as your British nationality
    • emigrated
Marriage and civil partnership name changes
  • For married people, IPS will need to see marriage certificates.
  • For civil partners, IPS will need to see civil partnership certificates.
Going back to your maiden or unmarried name
  • If you have gone back to your maiden or unmarried name, IPS will need to see:
    • your birth certificate
    • a signed statement from you saying you have gone back to your maiden name for all purposes
Name changes by deed poll
  • In all other cases, IPS will need to see your change of name deed. If you have changed your name more than once, you will need to send evidence of all changes of name.



Required Information[edit]

  • Full old name and new name
  • Date and reason for changing name
  • Date of birth
  • Full Address
  • Country
  • Postcode
  • Email Address



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Need for the Document[edit]

The name on your passport should always match your legal name. So if your name changes you need to get your passport reissued in your new name. This is true whether you change your name by Deed Poll or change your name following your marriage, separation, divorce or after entering into a civil partnership.


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