Name changes

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During the Christmas and New Year period, East Sussex Register Offices will operate reduced opening times:

24-Dec 25-Dec 26-Dec 27-Dec 28-Dec
9am-1pm closed closed 9am-5pm* closed
29-Dec 30-Dec 31-Dec 01-Jan 02-Jan
closed 9am-5pm* 9am-5pm* closed Normal opening resumes*

This does not affect pre-booked ceremonies.

*Crowborough Register Office closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

1. Can I change my name?

In the UK anyone can change their name if they want to.

If you do change your name, many official bodies will request a document to prove the change. This can be evidenced by creating a Change of Name Deed with East Sussex Registration.

There are some restrictions about what you can change your name to and why.

You may not change your name:

  • in order to commit an illegal act like fraud
  • to something that is rude or offensive
  • to imply or include a title such as Lord, Lady, Duke or Duchess
  • to something that includes symbols or numbers

Call 0345 60 80 198 to make an appointment

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