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Changing Name As A Transgender Person

If you are a transgender individual seeking to legally change your name in the UK, this article will guide you through the process. Changing your name can be accomplished through a deed poll, a Gender Recognition Certificate, or a new birth certificate.

Deed Poll Is A Legal Document

A deed poll is a legal document that allows you to update your name on official records, such as your passport and driver’s license, to match your new identity. To obtain a deed poll, you must fill out an application online or on paper and pay a fee. The process usually takes 2-4 days for online or paper submissions, respectively. Once you have received your deed poll, you will also receive a cover letter that you can use to update your name with official government agencies.

It should be noted that individuals who identify as non-binary may also change their name via a deed poll. However, the UK government only recognizes ‘male’ and ‘female’ genders on official documents.

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If you are a transgender individual seeking to legally change your name in the UK, this article will guide you through the process. Changing your name can be accomplished through a deed poll, a Gender Recognition Certificate, or a new birth certificate.

Deed Poll Is A Legal Document

A deed poll is a legal document that allows you to update your name on official records, such as your passport and driver’s license, to match your new identity. To obtain a deed poll, you must fill out an application online or on paper and pay a fee. The process usually takes 2-4 days for online or paper submissions, respectively. Once you have received your deed poll, you will also receive a cover letter that you can use to update your name with official government agencies.

It should be noted that individuals who identify as non-binary may also change their name via a deed poll. However, the UK government only recognizes ‘male’ and ‘female’ genders on official documents.

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Gender Recognition Certificate

If you have not been issued a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), you must fill out a deed poll application to formally change your name. Having a deed poll beforehand can be helpful when applying for a GRC, as it confirms that you have fully adopted your new gender identity.

Changing your name on your passport requires submitting your deed poll as proof of your new identity. However, changing your gender on your passport requires additional steps. The HM Passport Office will ask for medical documents or records, such as those issued by a consultant/GP or a psychologist specializing in gender dysphoria, to prove that your gender transition is “likely to be permanent.”

If you have been issued a GRC, you can change both your name and gender by using this document. The Gender Recognition Panel, composed of medical and legal experts, reviews GRC applications, which can take up to 22 weeks.

Those who have obtained a new birth certificate after their transition do not need a deed poll to update their name and gender on official documents. Otherwise, filling out a deed poll application and paying the fee is necessary to begin the process of officially changing your name. After your application is processed, you may update your passport, license, and other records to reflect your new name and identity.

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