Frequently Asked Questions: Deed Poll
We are here to assist you in every way we can preparing your deed poll. Please find below the answers to some of our most frequently answered questions. You may also contact us using the information on our contact page here.
Questions and Answers
The Registration of Persons Department requires that a person applying to have his name changed must provide supporting documents providing context for the name change. Accordingly, depending on the circumstances and the sort of change you wish to make to your name, different type of documents maybe accepted in support of your name change application.
For example, a marriage certificate might be sufficient to support a name change application where a married woman is looking to adopt the last name of her husband.
However, executing a deed poll is usually the recommended route as it is accepted as the documentary evidence that you have adopted a new name.
In Hong Kong, you do not need to provide an explanation as to why you are changing your name. That being said, if it is suspected that you are changing name for nefarious purposes (e.g. committing fraud), we will not allow you to execute a deed poll with our firm.
A deed poll can be prepared and executed on the same day. Assuming all your documentation is in order, it takes a few days to a couple of weeks normally for the Immigration Department to issue a new Hong Kong ID and a new Hong Kong passport.
No. Any vulgar or offensive name will not be accepted.
Yes. There are no laws or regulations in Hong Kong preventing you from being known by a mononym (a single name only, like Cher or Bono). However, you should consider the foreseeable administrative issues that may arise from adopting a mononym as most administrative apparatus around the world (including Hong Kong) will expect that you have both a first and a last name.
You need to send a PDF copy of the following documents:
- Hong Kong Identity Card;
- Passport (if you do not have a Hong Kong Identity Card); and
- Recent Proof of Address (i.e. utility bill or bank statement issue in the last three months).
It depends. It our experience that most foreign governments will accept a deed poll that has been executed in Hong Kong as evidence of a name change. However, foreign governments usually require that the deed poll needs to be executed before a notary public and apostilled. It is important to verify directly with your own government first to see whether they will accept a Hong Kong deed poll.
You can refer to our guide regarding this topic.
At the outset, it should be noted that we do not have any expertise regarding land or property law in Hong Kong.
We understand from our discussion with a conveyancing lawyer that the most important is to keep a copy of the deed poll as evidence for your name change in the event that you wish to sell your property. Although the name change does not affect your ownership of the property, it is definitely easier to have documents available at the time of the sale evidencing the name change. Furthermore, we understand that it is possible to update the information with the Land Registry, but you might need to speak with them directly to see what documentation they require for them to do so.
Yes, it is possible to change your name on your Hong Kong Identity Card and Hong Kong Passport whilst you are physically outside of Hong Kong but you need to follow a specific procedure to get it done.
We have prepared a guide to assist people in such a situation based on the information provided to us by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
Yes it is possible. However, the Immigration Department of Hong Kong requires that a non-permanent resident change their name in their home country first before applying to amend the particulars of their Hong Kong Identity Card.
Yes, it is technically possible to remove your Chinese from your Hong Kong Identity Card and Hong Kong Passport. However, we understand that it would likely stop you from having a Home Return Permit because it requires that the person has a Chinese name.
Overall, we would not recommend that you remove your Chinese name since, as a Chinese person, you are expected to have a Chinese name and thus might cause administrative issues down the line.
No. The Immigration Department requires that any changes on the Hong Kong Identity Card must be reflected on the Hong Kong SAR passport.