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    • skintnutta
    • By skintnutta 26th Apr 18, 9:46 PM
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    Has anyone changed their surname in Scotland?
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    • 26th Apr 18, 9:46 PM
    Has anyone changed their surname in Scotland? 26th Apr 18 at 9:46 PM
    Hi, I've been seperated for 2.5 years and can't afford to get divorced right now but want to change my name back to my maiden name. Has anyone got experience of doing this any could offer any advice please?
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    Fiona
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    • slbhill
    • By slbhill 27th Apr 18, 10:00 AM
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    • 27th Apr 18, 10:00 AM
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    • 27th Apr 18, 10:00 AM
    You can use any name you like in Scotland, as long as it's not with intent to commit fraud.


    However when I changed mine banks and suchlike wanted to see a marriage certificate or other paperwork such as a passport. If you can get it changed on one document (passport or driving licence?) then the rest will probably follow but I don't know how easy that will be.
    • Bryando
    • By Bryando 6th Jun 18, 1:54 PM
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    https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/registration/recording-change-of-forename-and-surname-in-scotland
    • PloddyToddy
    • By PloddyToddy 23rd Jul 19, 7:15 PM
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    • 23rd Jul 19, 7:15 PM
    Yes. Pretty straightforward and took about 2 weeks. I filled in a form, ordered two copies of my new birthday certificate and that was it. I’d you do a search on the Registers, I now appear under both surnames.

    The only issue I had at all was with the DVLA who didn’t seem too familiar with the Scottish name change process and kept sending back the new birth certificate refusing to acknowledge it twice saying they needed a real certificate and not a print out. That it was signed in black ink by the Registrar didn’t make much of a difference to them.
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