April 2nd, 2008

Interesting FAQ on the uk deed poll website...

Was perusing the uk deed poll site again (thinking about changing my name) and came across this gem:

Q17: I am a male-to-female transsexual and wish to change my name by Deed Poll. Will I be able to use the title Miss or Ms?
A: Yes you can change your title to Miss or Ms when you change your name. When you complete our application form, you will see a section where you can tell us what new title you want so we can incorporate a declaration on your Deed Poll that changes your title. Please note, if you change your title to Miss or Ms, you must ensure that on any application forms, for example for credit, loans, insurance etc you make it clear your sex at birth was male. This is particularly important for insurances because you may get a cheaper rate if the insurer thinks you were born a female. In the event of a claim, you will find you will not get paid out if your sex at birth is established. Furthermore, it is a criminal offence to obtain a financial advantage if you deceive someone.

The mind boggles! This sounds very sketchy, both legally and ethically to me...