What is the difference between a Statutory Declaration and a Deed Poll?
Both are legally binding documents used for a Change of Name.
A Statutory Declaration is signed under oath in the presence of a Notary, Justice of the Peace, solicitor, or a Commissioner for Oaths. In contrast, a friend or colleague can witness a Deed Poll.
Most people opt for the latter because it is quicker and more cost-effective. However, if you are not a British citizen or live abroad, you might be asked to show a Statutory Declaration rather than a Deed Poll. It is advisable to check with your embassy.