How to change the name on your UK ID card?

Since 2011 there have been no ID cards in the United Kingdom. So, if you want to officially prove your age, you have to take with you your passport or driving license. However, there is another way, which is a citizen card. So, how to change the name on your UK ID card or a citizen card? Let’s find out!

UK citizen

What is a citizen card?

A citizen card is a non-mandatory document which you can obtain by applying for it through the Internet. It is not official but widely recognised at the same time. It can serve as proof of age in many situations, such as:

  • buying a house,
  • entering a club,
  • applying for a driving license,
  • getting a job.

These are only some basic examples, you will find much more opportunities to use your UK citizen card.

How to change the name on your UK ID card?

If you want to change your name on your UK citizen card, you will have to apply for a new card. It is simple and takes only some time. You do not have to leave your home to complete the application process.

Depending on whether you want to receive your new UK citizen card within:

  • 21 days
  • or 1-2,

you will have to pay £12 and £25 respectively.

What is needed to apply for a citizen card?

You are eligible to apply for a UK citizen card if you are a UK resident. Then, you have to:

  • create your online account
  • complete the application form and pay for the process
  • upload your passport conform photo
  • wait until your identity is confirmed
  • receive your UK citizen card by post.
UK ID card application

Citizen cards are issued regardless of your age. There are 3 categories (children, young people, and adults). Once you pass it, you have to apply for a new card. It will be valid for 3 years.

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