UK Statutory Declaration
UK Statutory Declaration
A Statutory Declaration in the United Kingdom is a legal method of changing a persons name. It is usually a lot cheaper than changing name by use of a Deed Poll.
You can either pay a Solicitor to draft your Declaration or create your own using available examples on the Internet.
The fee for doing so is usually around £20-50 depending on where you go, etc.
How Much Will It Cost Me?
The actual fee for the witnessing of the Statutory Declaration is usually at least £5, possibly more.
It is advisable to get certified copies made at the same time as signing your Statutory Declaration. A solictor may charge for this however.
Will My Statutory Declaration Be Accepted?
Most organisations will accept a Statutory Declaration as proof of legal name change. Some may require a Deed Poll, but that is usually rare.
Changing of UK Passports and Driving Licences for example it is perfectly acceptable to use a Statutory Declaration.
It should be noted that the Statutory Declarations Act 1835 makes it illegal for any organisation to refuse to acknowledge any legal name change. Should any organisation (including, but not limited to, Banks, building Societies, Passport Office etc) refuse to acknowledge your name change then they are in breach of UK legislation.
Where Can I Get It Done?
Usually you can just pick up a Yellow Pages/Phonebook and ring a couple of listed solicitors and ask them if they will witness you signing your Statutory Declaration and how much. It is worth ringing a few to get an idea of prices, as it can vary sometimes.
Sample text for a Statutory Declaration
The following is a sample statutory declaration of change of name. It uses fictional names and address. It can be adapted for personal use by replacing JANE MARIE DOE with your full NEW name, and replacing JOHN WILLIAM SMITH with your full OLD name. Be careful not to confuse the old and new names. The address, 27 Fore Street, Carford in the county of Warwickshire, would also have to be altered to your own address.
Everything else must be left exactly as it is. No punctuation should be added or subtracted.
When the names and address in the document have been edited to suit one’s own, the declaration can be taken to a solicitor or commissioner for oaths who will complete the bottom section (DECLARED AT … etc) and will sign it. S/he will then tell you to add your own signature in his or her presence not before.
Stat Dec template for name change of a minor
In the case of a minor, the text is slightly different as it is effectively the parent/legal guardian who is changing the name. This page from Thompson's Law in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has details of the required changes to the statutory declaration format.