Letters of consent

After executing your child's Deed Poll, either legal copies or the original document will need to be sent to all authorities that need to be notified of the change of name. You will also need to enclose a letter of consent. This should confirm that all persons holding parental responsibility have given their consent to the name change. Record holders such as the passport office will require such a letter before issuing a new passport.

We do not require you to send us a letter of consent before issuing a Deed Poll but you should enclose one when notifying relevant bodies of your child's name change, as many organisations will expect one. 

Below are three example letters of consent. The one applicable to you will depend on the type of parental responsibility that you hold for your child. For more information on this see our page Parental Responsibility.

Sole Parental Responsibility

 

Your Name

Your Address

Your Tel no.

Date

To whom it may concern, 

I, the undersigned [insert your name here], the person having parental responsibility for [child's current name here], give my consent to [his/her] name being changed to [child's new name here]. 

From the options laid out below, choose those relevant to your situation.

I confirm that when the child was born I was not married to the child's father nor was I subsequently married to him at any time after the birth. I also confirm that no other person has acquired parental responsibility either by agreement or by court order.

For births registered in England and Wales before 1st December 2003

I hereby declare that I was not married to my child's father at the time of the birth, or at any time after the birth.

For births registered in England and Wales after 1st December 2003

I hereby declare that I was not married to my child's father at the time of the birth, or at any time after the birth. I also confirm that the father's details were not entered at the time of registration.

For births registered in Scotland before 4th May 2006

I hereby declare that I was not married to my child's father at the time of conception, or at any time after the birth.

For births registered in Scotland after 4th May 2006

I hereby declare that I was not married to my child's father at the time of conception, or at any time after the birth. I also confirm that the father's details were not entered at the time of registration.

For births registered in Northern Ireland before 15th April 2002

I hereby declare that I was not married to my child's father at the time of the birth.

For births registered in Northern Ireland after 15th April 2002

I hereby declare that I was not married to my child's father at the time of the birth. I also confirm that the father's details were not entered at the time of registration.

If a parent who previously held parental responsibility is now deceased

The child's [father/mother] did hold parental responsibility for my child but [he/she] passed away on [insert date]. Enclosed is a copy of the death certificate as confirmation

I confirm that nobody other than myself holds parental responsibility for my child. Nobody has acquired it through a court order or any other means. I also confirm that there is no court, custody, or parental responsibility order, preventing me from changing the name of the child named above.


As documentary evidence of my child's change of name, I enclose [my child's Deed Poll/a certified copy of my child's Deed Poll]. Please amend your records accordingly and return the document at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully 

[Signature]

[Full name printed]

[Relationship to child stated]

Joint Parental Responsibility (consent given by both parents)

 

Your Name

Your Address

Your Tel no.

Date

To whom it may concern, 

We, the undersigned, the persons having parental responsibility for [child's current name here], hereby give our consent to [his/her] name being changed to [child's new name here]. 

We confirm that there is no court, custody, or parental responsibility order, preventing us from changing the name of the child named above.

As documentary evidence of our child's change of name, we enclose [our child's Deed Poll/a certified copy of our child's Deed Poll]. Please amend your records accordingly and return the document enclosed at your earliest convenience.

 

Yours faithfully 

[Signature of first person]

[Full name printed]

[Relationship to child stated]

 

[Signature of second person]

[Full name printed]

[Relationship to child stated]

If somebody holding parental responsibility does not live at the address stated on the letter, add their address beneath their signature, name and relationship to child. 


To change your name...

  1. Fill in our online application form
  2. Receive your Deed Poll in the post
  3. Sign and date your Deed Poll
  4. Update records into your new name

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