Your name is the name by which you are known, or commonly use.
That name does not necessarily need to be supported by any documentary evidence though such evidence is often required for a wide range of administrative and legal matters. For most people this evidence is most commonly provided and accepted in the form of a birth certificate, which may be supported by a marriage certificate in the case of a change of name on marriage.
There is no formality prescribed by law for the change of a person’s name or the assumption of another name. You may change the name you commonly use by simply adopting a new name. However, you will, most likely, experience some difficulty evidencing the change to both public and private bodies in the absence of a document referring to the change. If you require documentary confirmation of a change of name, other than on marriage, you may need to execute a document called a deed poll.
Changing name by deed poll
A deed poll is an official document drawn up and completed by one party only. It is most often used to declare an intention to change one’s name.
Procedure for executing a deed poll
You do not need to instruct a solicitor or attend the High Court to execute a deed poll and you are not required to lodge (or ‘enrol’) the document in the Central Office of the High Court.
Execution of a deed poll is a relatively simple process. The person declares to have given up a former name and adopted a new name for all purposes. The deed must be printed on Deed Paper (which is available from legal stationers), signed in the former name and the new name and in the presence of a witness.
The witness must be 18 years or over, must sign the deed poll as witness and must swear an affidavit (called an ‘affidavit of attesting witness’) before a solicitor or commissioner for oaths stating that they witnessed the signing of the deed poll.
You may use our template documents of a deed poll and and of an affidavit of attesting witness to execute your own deed poll.
These documents can then be used with your birth certificate and should be acceptable for most administrative procedures, thus providing an easy and inexpensive solution for most of the difficulties encountered on changing your name.
Other than a minimal fee for swearing the affidavit before the solicitor or commissioner for oaths, there is no further fee involved.
NOTE: if you are a non-EU national, you will require the permission of the Minister for Justice and Equality under section 9 of the Aliens Act 1935 to change your name.
Additional procedure for enrolling the deed
There is norequirement to enrol a deed poll in order to change your name. A deed poll enrolled in the Central Office of the High Court has no greater effect than a deed poll which has not been enrolled. The enrolment of a deed poll in the CentralOffice is a facility which the Registrar of the High Court provides so that you may place your change of name on a publicly accessible record.
This has the effect of putting the wider population on notice that you have decided to change your name.
In addition, enrolling the deed poll means that a record of the change of name is preserved for future identification and a certified copy of the original enrolled deed poll can be obtained if required.
To enrol a deed poll in the High Court, in addition to a deed poll executed correctly in the manner set out above, the following criteria apply:
(i) You must provide evidence of your previous name (e.g. a birth certificate, marriage certificate, previous name change by deed poll, Certificate of Naturalisation).
(ii) If you are a non-EU national, you must produce a licence to change your name by deed poll, issued by the Minister for Justice & Equality pursuant to the section 9 of the Aliens Act 1935.
(iii) You must provide photographic proof of identification
(iv) You must pay €60.00 stamp duty on the deed poll
(v) You must complete an application form to enrol a deed poll which includes an acknowledgement that enrolling the deed results in it being available for public inspection and published on the Courts Service website.
Deed poll register
This register will be updated at the end of each month
Enrolled Deeds Poll Register 2017
Enrolled Deeds Poll Register 2016
Enrolled Deeds Poll Register 2015
Enrolled Deeds Poll Register 2014
Note: The service for personal callers to the Central Office of the High Court is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
______________________________This page updated: 20 February 2018