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At what age can I change my name?

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If you are 16 and over there is no legal requirement for any documentation when it comes to changing your name. You can change your name by simply starting to use a new name, as long as it isn’t for fraudulent reasons.

If you want a document with your new name on it in certain circumstances you can execute a deed poll, but you should speak to an advisor before trying to do this.

If you are under 16, you can change your name, but only with parental permission.


For more information and advice, speak to a legal advisor confidentially on 0808 8085678, email ree@childrenslawcentre.org or online at REE Live Chat.

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