Deed Poll for change of names
What is a Deed Poll?
A Deed Poll is a legal document created by a person for purpose of changing his or her name. A change of name includes adding a name, removing a name or rearranging an existing name.
When do you need a Deed Poll?
When you wish to change your name officially, you will need to sign a Deed Poll. You will need to update the change of your name in your Singapore identity card and your Singapore passport, by bringing the original Deed Poll and a copy of it to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.
Who needs to sign the Deed Poll?
The person who wishes to change his or her name needs to sign the Deed Poll. The signature has to be duly witnessed by a Singapore lawyer.
How do you change the name of a person who is under 21 years of age?
To change the name of a minor (a person below 21 years old), the parent may sign the Deed Poll on behalf of the minor child. The parent will need to fill in a form at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority declaring that the other parent has also consented to the name change.
How much does a Deed Poll cost?
We only charge $100 per Deed Poll for a change of English name. If there is a change of name in Chinese characters, we charge $150 per Deed Poll.
What is the procedure to obtain a Deed Poll?
You need to engage a solicitor to prepare the Deed Poll. The Deed Poll needs to be signed at our office in the presence of a lawyer. If you wish to get a Deed Poll done, you just need to contact us at our hotline: 63231261 or email us at email@example.com to arrange for an appointment. Our staff will obtain from you a copy of your current identity card, the spelling of your new name and fix an appointment for you to sign the Deed Poll at our office. You will be able to collect your duly executed Deed Poll on the same day of your appointment.
For parent signing on behalf of their child, only the parent needs to attend at our office to sign the Deed Poll. The child need not be present. The parent needs to bring the original birth certificate for verification at our office on the appointment date.
After signing the Deed Poll, is there a timeframe for me to apply for replacement Singapore identity card?
Yes, an identity card holder is required to apply for a replacement identity card at the ICA within 28 days of changing his/her name.
For more information on applying for replacement identity card at the ICA, please visit the ICA website at www.ica.gov.sg
Other than a Deed Poll, is there any other way to change my name in the identity card?
Yes. If you are baptised with a religious name, you may wish to provide your baptism certificate to the ICA. Or, if you are a newly married woman, you may wish to provide your marriage certificate to the ICA for insertion of your married name.
When does the change of name take effect?
The change of name is effected on the day the Deed Poll is duly executed at the law firm.
What are the common reasons for change of name?
There are many reasons, but the usual reasons include:
- To add a Christian or western name to one’s existing name. For example, from “Lim Ai Ling” to “Valerie Lim Ai Ling”.
- If one dislikes an existing name or there is a spelling error in an existing name.
- A new name is given by a geomancer or feng shui expert for good luck
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