Northern Ireland - Apply for Change of Name
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
Change of name following parents marriage
For children registered as born to an unmarried couple, the birth should be re-registered if the couple get married. When the birth is re-registratered changes to the childs name and surname can be applied.
Change of name following the inclusion of fathers details
In this case, changes to the child's name will be applied during re-registration, this procedure will also allow the inclusion of the fathers details that have not been included on a childs birth registration.
Recorded change of name
- The application to change a name and/or surname must be made by a Qualified Applicant(s).
- The applicant must complete the appropriate application form. Each application form must be signed by the qualified applicant. The signature must be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace (JP), a Lay Magistrate or a practising solicitor. If there are two qualified applicants, both signatures must be witnessed. Justices of the Peace and Lay Magistrates do not charge for this service.
- Submit the completed form to:
- General Register Office (Northern Ireland)
- OXFORD HOUSE,
- 49 55 CHICHESTER STREET
- BELFAST BT1 4HL
- Telephone: 0300 200 7890 (within the UK) or 44 (0) 28 9151 3101 (outside UK)
- Website: www.nidirect.gov.uk
- Email: [email protected]
How many times can you apply for name change?
One change of name(s) or surname may be recorded up to eighteen years of age.
If you are eighteen or over, one change of name and up to three changes of surname can be recorded. There must be a gap of five years between each change of surname.
- Completed application form
Office Locations & Contacts
General Register Office (Northern Ireland)
49 55 CHICHESTER STREET
BELFAST BT1 4HL
Telephone: 0300 200 7890 (within the UK) or 44 (0) 28 9151 3101 (outside UK)
Email: [email protected]
Judicial & Customer Services Group
Phone: 028 9041 2277
For Change of name(s) and/or surname for children under 18 years of age
The Qualified Applicant(s) for an alteration to a childs name are:
- both parents if they were married to, or in a civil partnership with, each other
- both parents where they are not married to, or in a civil partnership with, each other but the father/second female parent has parental responsibility for the child
- the mother where the parents are not married to, or in a civil partnership with each other at the time of the childs birth and the father/second female parent does not have parental responsibility for the child
- the surviving parent if either of the parents of the child is deceased and the surviving parent has parental responsibility for the child
- the guardian of the child or any other person who has parental responsibility for the child if both the parents are deceased or either of the parents are deceased and the surviving parent does not have parental responsibility for the child.
- Recording of change of name(s) and/or surname for children under 18 years of age: 35.00
- For second or subsequent members of the family (if applying at the same time): 16.00
- Recording change of name(s) and/or surname for a person over 18 years of age : 35.00
The fees mentioned above are for recording the change only, a certificate showing the recorded change costs 15.00.
Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid. e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever
Documents to Use
- Application for change of name(s) or surname of a child under 18 years of age
- Application for change of name or surname for person aged 18 years or over
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It may take about 15 working days of receipt for your application to be processed.
The changed name or surname will be shown on your birth certificate.
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Northern Ireland's law allows anyone born or legally adopted in Northern Ireland to change their forename and/or surname.
There are several ways in which a registered name may be changed:
- Change of name following parents marriage
- Change of name following the inclusion of fathers details
- Change of name(s) and/or surname for children under 18 years of age
- Change of Name(s) and/or surname for a person over 18 years of age
- Full name(s) and surname as registered
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Mothers name(s), surname and maiden surname
- Fathers/Second Female Parents name(s) and surname
- Full name(s) and surname as changed
- Date of any previous application for a change of name(s) or surname
- Full Postal Address
- Tel. No / Email address
Need for the Document
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