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Name to appear on passport?

Title(s)

We can add a limited number of titles to your British passport if you ask.  For more information visit www.gov.uk

Application for a child

If you are applying for a passport for a child, enter their personal details in this section, and not the details of the person applying for them. For further information about applying for a passport for a child visit www.gov.uk 

First and middle name(s)

Please add your first and middle name(s) in the appropriate box. A maximum of 30 characters can be shown on your passport. If your name is too long to fit in the box provided or you have multiple names, then enter as much of the first name as you can followed by the initials of your middle names, in a way that you would want it to be shown on your passport. You can add the full first and middle names in the 'additional information' box which will appear on a later screen. We will add your full name on the observation page on your passport.

If you no longer want your middle name to be included in your new passport when it has been included on previous passports, tell us in the 'additional information' box. You will also have to provide supporting documents that show that you no longer use your middle name.

If you don't tell us to remove a middle name recorded on your birth certificate, previous passport or other supporting document we will include it on your passport.

Surname(s)

Please add your surname in the appropriate box. A maximum of 30 characters can be shown on your passport. If your surname is too long to fit, please shorten it in a way that you would want it to be shown on your passport. You should write your full surname in the 'additional information' box, and we will add your full name on the observation page on your passport.

If you are changing your name, put your new name in the 'Surname' and 'First and middle names' boxes, and put your previous names in the 'Maiden or all previous names boxes'.

Dual Nationals

The name that is shown on the passport should be the name that is used for all purposes. If you're a dual national and hold a non-British passport in a different name, you must change it to match the name you want on your British passport. You must do this before you make your application.

Names that contain special characters

We cannot show full stops, hyphens, accents or other special characters in your passport. Full stops and hyphens in a name will be replaced with spaces.

If your name has a special character or accent mark please enter your name using a normal letter eg e instead of é or a instead of ä etc.

Previous names

List all of your maiden or previous names that you have been known by (surname first and then first and middle names). Leave a space between each name. If they won't fit into the appropriate box then please add them in full in the 'additional information' box which will appear on a later screen.

What should I do if I have changed my name?

If the name used now is different to the one on your last passport, or if you haven't had a passport before and your name is different to that shown on the birth certificate, then you should enter the new name in the first and middle name and surname box. You should include any previous names in the previous name box.

If you want to change your name on your passport in advance of your wedding or civil partnership, it is possible to do so up to 3 months before the ceremony. We will cancel your old passport and issue you a new one in your new name. The new passport is 'postdated'. This means you cannot use it before the day of the ceremony. Some countries will not issue visas for postdated passports. You should check with the consulate of the country concerned and your travel agent.

You will need to provide proof of your change of name(s) if this is different from your supporting documents. Send proof to support every name change. The proof we need will be listed on the declaration form and guidance.

If you have changed your name as a result of getting married but you want to continue to use your maiden name for professional purposes, let us know in the 'additional information' box which will appear on a later screen.  We will then add a note on the observation page of your passport showing your maiden name.

You cannot change a child's name unless you have the permission of everyone who has parental responsibility for the child.  This will need to be shown through further supporting documentation. 

For further guidance visit www.gov.uk

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