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Does Royal Mail check names on mail, or do they just go by address?


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Question Does Royal Mail check names on mail, or do they just go by address?

My wife is in the US and will join me soon at her new residence in the UK. She's planning to notify people of her new address (her bank for example), and some mail is likely to arrive with her old surname.

Will this cause any problems with mail delivery in the UK? I've assumed that they only go by address when delivering, but I thought I'd check incase someone's had a different experience.

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My wife is in the US and will join me soon at her new residence in the UK. She's planning to notify people of her new address (her bank for example), and some mail is likely to arrive with her old surname.

Will this cause any problems with mail delivery in the UK? I've assumed that they only go by address when delivering, but I thought I'd check incase someone's had a different experience.
The name doesnt matter, its the address and post code

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They go by address. I often use my daughter's Uk address ...and it's always delivered. Our surnames are different.

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As stated, the Royal Mail only undertake to deliver to an address, not the addressee.

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I've received mail to our Scottish address through the Royal Mail in both my maiden and married name. I was a little worried at first but it keeps arriving

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Thank you very much Jojo, Mamasue and AnAmericanInScotland for your messages!

Indeed, I was somewhat sure that was how it worked with the mail, but my wife needed more assurance, so I'll point her towards your posts!

(And a special thanks to Joppa for the advice you've given over the past several months. As you can see, our spouse visa application went through!)

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