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Registering a Change of Name
Can I change my name?
Any person whose birth is registered in Scotland or who was legally adopted in Scotland may apply to the Registrar General for a change of name to be recorded. Application forms and advice can be obtained from any registration office.
If the person is under 16 years of age, the application must be made by a qualified informant who is defined as follows:
(a) where only one parent has parental responsibilities in relation to the child, that parent;
(b) where both parents have such responsibilities in relation to the child, both parents; and
(c) where neither parent has such responsibilities, any person who has such responsibilities.
If the person is over 16 years of age they must apply on their own behalf.
The change of forename/s and/or surname is recorded against the appropriate entry in the birth register. Once this has been done, a birth certificate may be obtained which shows the new name/s.
How much does it cost to record a change of name?
The current fee is £40. For family application, the fee is £40 for the first family member and £10 for each subsequent family member when applied for at the same time. The cost of a full birth extract or abbreviated certificate is £15, with a further £10 payable for each additional extract ordered at the same time.
Full details of the procedure can be obtained from General Register Office for Scotland (see external link to the General Register Office for Scotland).