Record a Change of Name

If your birth is registered in Scotland or you were legally adopted in Scotland, you may apply for a change of forename or surname to be recorded. 

If you are under 16 years of age, the application must be made by a qualified applicant who is defined as follows:

  • where only one parent has parental responsibilities in relation to the child, that parent;
  • where both parents have such responsibilities in relation to the child, both parents; and
  • where neither parent has such responsibilities, any other person who has such responsibilities.

For more information and an application form to apply to record a name change, please contact your local registrar or visit National Records of Scotland.

If you were born outwith Scotland, you should contact a registrar in your country of birth to find out what method is used in that country.


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