If you are already registered and need to tell us that you have changed your name you can inform us by completing this form.
You can return this to us by email or post. You will also need to supply a copy of one of the following documents as proof of your change of name:
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- overseas marriage or civil partnership certificate
- amended birth certificate
- deed poll
Sometimes people need to inform us that their name has changed or it is incorrectly recorded on the register and they do not have one of the documents listed above to provide proof of their change of name. If the error has been made by us, e.g. when processing your application we have mistyped your name, we can amend this record ourselves. However, if it is not our error, you will need to inform us of the change by one of the following methods:
1. Making a new application
You can make a new application to vote using your correct name online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Please ensure that you provide details of your previous name as it was written on the register so that we can delete your previous registration.
2. Providing proof of your name
Instead of making a new application to vote, you can send us a copy of documentary evidence in your new name so that we can establish your identity. Please only send photocopies of your documents if you are going to send your evidence by post, do not post your original documents. All documents will need to be in the new name you want to register with.
You should provide a copy of one of the following documents:
- Passport - Any current passport
- Biometric residence permit - UK issued only
- EEA Identity Card - Must still be valid
- Photo card part of a current driving licence - UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands (full or provisional)
- Northern Ireland Electoral ID Card
If you cannot provide one of the documents above, you will need to provide one of the following trusted government documents and two of the financial and social history documents.
Trusted government documents
- Old style paper version of a current driving licence - UK only
- Current photo driving licence - Any other than UK and Crown Dependencies
- Birth certificate - UK and Crown Dependencies only
- Marriage/Civil Partnership certificate - UK and Crown Dependencies only
- Adoption Certificate - UK and Crown Dependencies only
- Firearms Licence - UK and Crown Dependencies only
- Police Bail Sheet - UK and Crown Dependencies only
Financial and Social History Documents
- Mortgage Statement- UK, Crown Dependencies or European Economic Area - Issued in the last 12 months
- Bank or Building Society Statement - UK, Crown Dependencies or European Economic Area -Issued in the last 3 months
- Bank or Building Society account opening confirmation letter - UK and Crown Dependencies - Issued in the last 3 months
- Credit card statement - UK, Crown Dependencies or European Economic Area -Issued in the last 3 months
- Financial statement, e.g. pension or endowment - UK, Crown Dependencies or European Economic Area - Issued in the last 12 months
- Council Tax statement - UK and Crown Dependencies - Issued in the last 12 months
- Utility Bill – not mobile phone bill - UK and Crown Dependencies - Issued in the last 3 months
- P45 or P60 statement - UK and Crown Dependencies - Issued in the last 12 months
- Benefit statement e.g. Child Benefit, Pension - UK and Crown Dependencies - Issued in the last 3 months
- Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, e.g. from DWP, Job Centre Plus, HMRC - UK and Crown Dependencies - Issued in the last 3 months
Updating your postal vote if you change your name
If you change your name and your signature changes, you must make a new postal vote application to ensure that your vote is counted. All postal ballot papers are sent to postal voters with a form asking the voter to provide their signature and date of birth – this is called the postal voting statement. These are checked against the signature and date of birth you supplied when you applied for a postal vote. Where they match, the postal ballot paper is counted. Where the signature and/or date of birth do not match or are not provided on the postal voting statement, the postal ballot paper must, by law, be rejected.
Email the elections team
Telephone: 020 8583 2828