Change of Name, Change of Passport

I changed my name by Deed Poll. Which means I’ve needed to apply for a new passport.

And yes, rather than leave it until I’m actually going somewhere, I decided to apply for a new one now. Sooner rather than later. Maroon rather than blue.

It arrived, all shiny, on 28th January, three days before we left Europe. I got in just under the wire. Which means that for the next ten years I’ll be the proud owner of a maroon passport to remind me of the rights I used to have.

Symbolic in so many ways – symbolic of my new name, my independence, my intention to travel alone. And symbolic of my wish to remain in Europe. Also, a reminder that any of our rights can be taken away – and we need to be reminded of that.

Let me tell you a bit about changing your name. Blow a few myths out of the water. First of all – it’s not difficult. Second of all – it’s not expensive. In fact, it’s free.

All you need to do is download a Deed Poll form and print it – you can do it here if you like. You then need two people to act as witnesses. You fill in the details, sign the form with both your old name and your new name, and the witnesses sign to say that they saw you do it. And that’s it.

You do NOT need to enroll it. You do NOT need to pay the £36 required to enroll it. All you need for all practical purposes is an unenrolled Deed Poll.

I’ve used my unenrolled Deed Poll to change my name on my bank accounts, my driving licence, and now my passport. There was absolutely no difficulty at all with the driving licence or the passport – I guess they’re dealing with this sort of thing all the time. They know what they’re doing.

I’ve had a bit more bother with the banks. One bank clerk looked at the Deed Poll long and hard and then said ‘It should be stamped’. I asked her who she thought should have stamped it. She really didn’t know. She wandered off to ask someone else, and then my perfectly acceptable unenrolled Deed Poll was accepted.

I’m looking forward to using my new passport. There are places I want to go and things I want to see, in Europe and beyond. Watch out world, here I come.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheila says:

    I changed my name by Deed Poll. Then found that some businesses would not accept the ( legal) copies I had, only the original. I had to send it by registered post, then wait for it to be returned, to send it to the next one. That cost a few pounds each time. Changing my passport and driving licence cost money, too. Then changing my name on online accounts took some effort.
    I am so pleased to have gone back to my maiden name. My ex remarried and I was never going to be the other Mrs….
    My adult children were fine with it – my son actually saying that it was lovely to have his granddad’s name back in the family, as he admired him so much ( more than his Father).
    Another step towards single, free and independent.
    Sadly, I can’t afford holidays now – even with the new passport!

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  2. I agree about the cost of changing everything – passport was £9.99 for the photos, £75 for the passport itself, and I think £6.60 for Special Delivery. And they needed the original document.
    I’m not sure if I can afford a holiday myself yet – but if I can, my passport is all ready!!

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  3. Joan Mudd says:

    Congratulations on your It’s Rosy top 10 spot. Kudos!! I agree – well written and informative. Also witty and poignant. XX

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    1. Thank you so much. xx

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  4. anglosvizzera says:

    Excellent! Well done to get it in just in time!

    As with Sheila’s experience, I didn’t want my ex’s names hanging round to remind me (either of them!) of the past and my children were happy with it – so happy that one of them added my name to her surname by Deed Poll.

    I was one of 3 girls so my poor dad had nobody to pass down his lovely Swiss name. I loved that name and felt it was part of me as an individual reflecting my Anglo-Swiss heritage so I was keen to get it back.

    Both my sisters have kept their most recent (from quite a while ago) married names…not sure why really, particularly as one of them loathes her ex!!

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    1. I think changing your name is quite a big deal. I didn’t do it after my first marriage ended – just went from Marriedname1 to Marriedname2. But this time is different, somehow.

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  5. SisterStay says:

    I totally understand wanting to change back to your maiden name and am delighted how hassle-free it was, but I find it worrying how easy it is to change your name to whatever you fancy.
    Congratulations on the It’s Rosy mention btw. That’s brilliant. I had thought to ask you to write for SisterStay one day but then Sixty&Me got in first. Perhaps one day you will be able to do both. You are a prolific blogger!!

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    1. Wow, thank you!! Am more than happy to write for Sister Stay!! Do you want to contact me via the ‘contact’ button top right?

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