How to Change Your Name in India

Name changing in India is not an easy task. You need to go through several stages to change your name legally in India. The name you are born with stays with you at every point of time. From birth certificates to death certificates, from PAN card to ration card, from salary slip to electricity bills, you see it on each and every paper that belongs to you. Changing your name from all these things won’t be easy. But, let’s make it less tougher by knowing its legal process.

In this article, we will learn how you can proceed to change your name in India.

Go to Your Local Notary and make an Affidavit

Let’s go back to early 90’s and late 20’s. At that time if a person wishes to change his name, he has only one alternative to choose from i.e. the Notary. This is the basic yet most effective method of name changing in India. Why not use the same process in your case?

Go to your local Notary available outside the court and ask them to make a Name Change affidavit. In the affidavit, you need to specify why you want to change your name.

Here are some realistic reasons for name change:

  • If got married recently, you may wish to change your surname
  • May be your name is not correct as per numerology, and you wish to change it
  • If entering into the glamour world, quitting the outdated name raise a strong need of name change
  • Starting your own business with a name that matters, can be another reason for a name change

You may have your own reasons for name change, but the affidavit will remain the same. Just pen down a strong reason for name change and submit it to the Notary with required documents. You can change your Surname, First Name, and even the complete name using the same affidavit.

Publish the Name Change Statement in Local Newspaper

Want to make it public, go for a newspaper publication. Drafting an affidavit to change your name will allow you to display your new name to the public, legally. What if you want your relatives and friends to recognize you with the new name?

For that, you need to publish a name change statement in a daily newspaper. You can contact any local/national daily newspaper and ask them to publish one for you. The format of the Newspaper name change publication is given below:

I, Ms/Mrs/Mr. ___________________ (old name) have changed my name from __________________ (old name) to ______________ (new name) by affidavit sworn before the Notary Public, ______________ (place) on ___________ (date). Henceforth, I shall be known as _________________ (New Name) for all purposes. ______________ (Name) and _______________ (Complete postal address).

Get this published to let everyone know about your new name. You can choose any 2 local newspapers for publishing this name change statement. Please note that, it’s not mandatory to publish the statement on the front page. You can get it published on any page of the Newspaper( preferably the one that costs least).

Once it get published, make sure you save at least 5 copies of this statement( both scanned and hard copy) with you for future reference.

Notify in State’s Gazette

To notify your name change in the Official Gazette of your state, do as follows:

  • Go to your local Government Press or the department that mobilizes Gazette notification
  • Ask them to provide 2 copies of “Deed Changing Surname Form”
  • Fill the application form with complete details and documentations
  • Submit the form with due signatures

Documents You may require to Change Your Name

  1. Name Change Affidavit
  2. Newspaper Publication
  3. Name Change Deed
  4. Request letter to the Secretariat
  5. Name Change Statement
  6. Reply Letter from the Secretariat
  7. Publication Money Receipt.
  8. Gazette Notification

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