…in my campaign to get things like “legal name change” expunged from public life. This one probably a bit significant.
I was continuing to research for my White Paper (coming soon!) on name change legislation and spotted this on the direct.gov website, in respect of changing your name for passport purposes.
About name changes and passports
The name on your passport should always match your legal name. So if your name changes – either by deed poll or through marriage or a civil partnership – you need to get your passport amended. You can also amend your passport in advance.
Hang on a mo, i thought: there is no such thing as “legal name”. So, in addition to my usual questions about policy to the direct.gov press office, i fired off a question about why they were talking about “legal name” when no such thing existed.
And back, this morning, came the response:
“There is no such thing as a “legal name” in any IPS policy or guidance, it appears to be an error on Direct.gov and should state “the name you use for official purposes”. We apologise for this error and will amend this immediately. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”
Its not changed yet…but keep an eye. A promise is a promise: even from a government department!