A woman's name change rights upon being widowed

If a woman wishes to revert to her maiden name upon being widowed she can do so without the need for a Deed Poll.  This is because her husband's death certificate and her marriage certificate (which shows her maiden name) are usually accepted as documentary evidence that her name has changed. Government departments and most companies and organisations will change their records to show the new surname upon presentation of these certificates.

However, if the death certificates and marriage certificates are not accepted by everyone a Deed Poll will be required. This is guaranteed to be accepted by all organisations as documentary evidence of a change of name.

A Deed Poll must also be used if a widow wishes to be known by another surname, or wishes to change her forenames.

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What Our Clients Say...

Very happy with the service. Easy to complete online form and very helpful, understanding and friendly on the phone when I made a mistake.

I have now changed my driver's license back to my maiden name without a costly solicitor's letter. Will be recommending to anyone wishing to change their name.

Thanks again for all your help and for making one part of the process of separating, hassle-free and affordable.

Emma M., London. March 2012

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Our Deed Polls are accepted by all UK government departments including UK Passport Service, DVLA and HM Revenue and Customs

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