The actor claims he has legally altered his name to David Hoff and he has shown off what appears to be a certificate of the change in a new video posted on YouTube.com on Thursday (12Nov15).

"I've been wanting to drop the 'Hassel' from my life for years," he explains in the clip. "Now I have made it official."

Taking to Twitter to share the link with fans, the 63 year old writes, "Big news today and a massive relief for me. I hope everyone can understand... it feels great!"

A representative for Hasselhoff has yet to confirm if the name change is legal.