Any adult having a sound mental capacity can change their name anytime they wish, or they may change it without realising, e.g. upon marriage. Ladies who have been divorced may change their name back to their maiden name. The change of name is usually evidenced by Marriage Certificate, Deed Poll, Statement of Truth or Statutory Declaration.
It is important that you keep your name registered at HM Land Registry up to date as otherwise if you apply to register any subsequent changes, e.g. where you have a new mortgage, they will not be able to make the change, as they will not recognise your new name.
1. If you do not have an up to date copy of the Title Register you should obtain one. You will need to pay for this. Please click the 'Current Title Register' link in the menu on the right.
2. Next you need to download forms AP1 and ID1. Please click the 'Form AP1' and 'Form ID1' links in the menu on the right to download them now.
3.You will need to have on hand:
4. Complete Form AP1. The following questions need to be answered:
5. You should now complete Form ID1, which is split into Sections A and B.
Section A requires you to insert your name, address, contact details and property details (title number and address), and then to sign and date it.
Section B needs to be completed by a solicitor or conveyancer (or by a local Land Registry office). They have to verify that you are the person making the application, and so you will need to take to them 2 identically sized recent passport photographs of yourself (and any other joint owner making the application). You will usually be charged a small fee for doing this.
The solicitor or conveyancer must inspect your identity documents, which should be as follows:
You will also need to hand to him 2 recent passport photographs.
6. You should look at the top of the Title Register, just above the Title Number. The Land Registry office dealing with your property is shown. You will need to look up their address, using the following link:
7. Once your 2 forms are completed you should then send to the Land Registry the following:
No fee is payable for this application, and no covering letter is necessary.
These forms are provided free of charge. Please click the links below to downlad them directly.
You may need an up to date copy of your Title Register to be able to complete the forms. If you do, then this can be obtained via our website for our standard fee. Alternatively it can also be obtained directly from HM Land Registry at a reduced cost.