The Statutory Declaration for minors must be
completed by the above described Declarant. However
• Declare how long they have known the person
with parental responsibility, which must be for no
less than 10 years, and also how long they have
known the Minor.
What happens if the applicant has
known no-one for 10 years?
If you have not known anyone for 10 years or more, an
additional Afﬁdavit must be included, which explains
the reasons why. This will then be referred to the Senior
Master for permission to enrol the change of name.
The administration of the oath
This is where the Declarant (person declaring) swears
on a Holy Book or gives an Afﬁrmation (where a
statement of fact is carried out). This must be carried
out before a Solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths or an
Ofﬁcer of the Senior Courts.
What are exhibits and what must be
exhibited to the statutory declaration?
An Exhibit is a document produced in a Court of Law
and deﬁned as a piece of evidence. The Court needs
Exhibits as proof of who you are. The Court requires
copies of documents that are exhibited to the Statutory
Declaration by way of Exhibit.
Exhibited to the Statutory Declaration must be:
• Exhibit A: A copy of the Deed Poll
• Exhibit B: Evidence of British Citizenship,
i.e. Birth Certiﬁcate or Passport or
Certiﬁcate of Naturalisation
• Exhibit C: Marriage Certiﬁcate (if applicable)
(Must state on the Statutory Declaration)
Exhibit sheets are required with the correct wording for
“This is the Exhibit marked ‘A’ referred to in the
[enter statutory declarant’s name (the person who
has known you for 10 or more years)]
declared before me
[enter name of solicitor/commissoner/court ofﬁcer]
this [day] day of [month] in the year [year] .”
The person administering the declaration on the exhibit
must be the same person who Administered the Oath
or Afﬁrmation for the Statutory Declaration. This is in
accordance with the Commissioner for Oaths Act.
Notice for the London Gazette
The Notice for the London Gazette is mandatory
when enrolling a Deed through the High Court. The
Notice must be drafted by you. The London Gazette
is a Publication that evidences the Change of Name
through the High Court.
Afﬁdavit of best interest
An Afﬁdavit of Best Interest is required for all minor’s
applications. There is no set format for this document
however it is required that the person or persons with
parental responsibility complete this and it is sworn
before a Solicitor, Commissioner of Oaths or an Ofﬁcer
of the Senior Courts.
The Afﬁdavit of Best Interest should state the reason or
reasons why it is in the Minor’s best interest to change
All applications for change of name of a minor are
referred to the senior master for permission to enrol.
What happens when the court receives
your application for deed poll?
The Court checks all the documentation to ensure that
it follows the correct format. We will have to return it if
it is incorrect.
Once its is ready to process we seal the original Deed
Poll and allocate it a number, which will be displayed in
a round seal on the Deed. The Court forwards the draft
notice to the London Gazette, which is then published
at their earliest convenience. You will receive a copy of
the published notice.
The original Sealed Deed is returned to you as your
proof of change of name. You are free to notify any
other bodies and provide them with the evidence they