Process number 2:
There are circumstances where having written evidence of your name change will be required, for example if applying for a bank account.
There are 3 possible ways in which to do this:
Have a letter from a professional person confirming your gender identity and name change (a professional person would be a Doctor/Lawyer/Social worker or Teacher)
- You can change your name by deed poll – this should be a free service.
- In Scotland the most common way for someone to change their name is to do a Statutory Declaration witnessed by a Justice of the Peace at their local Sheriff Court. There is usually no charge for this service.
All of the options above will allow a service user to change their name on almost everything, with the exception of their birth certificate, their marriage certificate/civil partnership certificate, any decrees (formal court debt registration documents), or past educational certificates.