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Scotland - Apply to Change Name

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  1. Obtain an application form from any registrar of birth in Scotland. You can download the form here:
    Form 21 Application for recording of forename(s) or change of forename(s) of child under twelve months of age:
    Form 23 Application for recording of change of forename(s) or surname(s) of child under 16 years of age:
    Form 24 Application for recording of change of forename(s) or surname(s) of person over 16 years of age:
    Form PRF - Questionnaire to be completed where parents were unmarried at the time of the childs birth and have not subsequently married:
  2. Fill in the application form.
  3. Submit the completed application form, along with the Form PRF and appropriate fee to this address:
    The General Register Office for Scotland
    Change of Name Unit
    (Room 35)
    New Register House
    EH1 3YT. Cheques and postal orders should be crossed and made payable to the 'Registrar General'. You can also pay by credit or debit card.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • your birth certificate
  • application forms
  • PRF form (if applicable)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The General Register Office for Scotland
Change of Name Unit
(Room 35)
New Register House

New Register House
3 West Register Street
Telephone Number: 0131 314 4452

Directory of Registrars in Scotland:

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  • Any person whose birth is registered in Scotland or who was legally adopted in Scotland may apply for a recorded change of name.
  • If the person is under 16 years of age, the application must be made by a qualified applicant who is defined as follows:
    • if only one parent has parental responsibilities in relation to the child, that parent;
    • if both parents have such responsibilities in relation to the child, both parents; and
    • if neither parent has such responsibilities, any other person who has such responsibilities.
  • If the person is over 16 years of age, they must apply on their own behalf.


The fee is 40.00 for the first family member and 10.00 for each subsequent family member when applied for at the same time. The cost of a full birth extract or abbreviated certificate is 15.00 with a further 10.00 payable for each additional extract ordered at the same time.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

It normally takes 10 working days.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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  • Only one change of forename(s) and one change of surname(s) may be recorded for a child under 16 years of age.
  • If a change of forename(s) in infancy has already been recorded, no further changes can be made before the child reaches the age of 16. But a change of surname could still be recorded.
  • For persons 16 years of age and over, one change of forename(s) and three changes of surname(s) can be recorded. A period of 5 years must elapse between successive changes of surname(s).

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

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Need for the Document[edit]

A person in Scotland who wants to change name can apply for it. This procedure will give information on how to do so.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Leaflet RCN1:
Recording Change of Name:

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