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I am a Canadian and a British citizen. I have gone by my middle name since birth. My Canadian passport is issued as A John Doe, where A is the initial of my first name. I have recently attempted to renew my British passport for the first time, however HMPO is refusing to issue the passport as Arthur John Doe (my correct legal name) since I have a passport from a second country issued in a “different name” (in this case simply an initial. They will also not issue it as A John Doe as they do not deal with initials. They are insisting that I either prove a legal change of name to A John Doe or have my Canadian passport re-issued as Arthur John Doe (a route I’d prefer not to take if possible as all of my other ID/credit cards etc. read John Doe and I have always had airline tickets issued with John Doe as opposed to Arthur Doe.) Is there any alternative to these two options and, if not, can I readily enough have my Canadian passport re-issued as A John Doe once the UK passport has been renewed?

The simplest solution would likely be to change your name on your Canadian passport if you want to change your name on your UK passport. If Her Majesty’s Passport Office will not issue your passport with an initial, there doesn’t seem to be much else you can do.

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