Changing one’s given/official name is usually associated with women changing their surname after marriage. However, many times due to reasons like astrological beliefs, people change their names. Name changing in India is always perceived as a cumbersome procedure, which is true to a large extent. Because the following article helps you understand the step by step procedure of changing name in India. Read on to know more:
- Affidavit for Name Change: First step in the process of changing name is that of filing an affidavit stating the change of your name. This can be done in a District Court before a Magistrate or before a Notary Public. An advocated may be consulted to get the correct format of the affidavit.
The affidavit should be on a stamp paper of Rs. 20 (you can do it on a higher denomination one if you want to). The affidavit should contain the details about your current name, new name, reason for changing your name; your father’s/husband’s name, your address and date of birth. You would also require documents pertaining to the proof of identity and address. The affidavit becomes valid legal document once authorized by the Magistrate or a Notary Public.
- Advertising in local newspapers: Once you’ve filed the affidavit for name change and it is authorized by a Magistrate or Notary Public, you will have to place an advertisement regarding the same in at least two of your local newspapers, with one in the local official language and the other in English. Your Name Change will be legally valid only after the advertisements are published.
- Have multiple copies of the Advertisements: Now that your Name Change is valid, you will have to provide the copy and originals of the advertisements while updating your new name in the government documents. So you should buy multiple copies of the newspaper editions which carry your advertisement of name change so that you may use them whenever need arises.
- Gazette Notification: The next step after you’ve advertised about your name change in the local newspapers is to publish the change of name in the Gazette of India or the official Gazette of your corresponding state/Union Territory. This can be done at a Government Press by submitting an application in the prescribed format which can be done in through registered post or in person. The application can be downloaded from http://deptpub.nic.in/forms/forms.pdf .
The application has to be accompanied with the supporting documents such as the copy of the name change affidavit, copies of newspaper advertisements about name change, your photographs, proof of identity and proof of address along with your personal information. You also need to mention the number of additional copies of the Gazette you require (maximum being 2).
A fee which varies from state to state (ranges from Rs. 700 to 2300) needs to be paid to the Department of Publication, Government of India or to the Department of Publication of the corresponding state you are applying in, through cash, DD or Indian Postal Order for the Gazette notification.
- Get copies of the Gazette Notification: If your application for Gazette notification is accepted and processed, then after about 15 working days, you will receive a copy or copies of the Gazette based on the number of copies you had requested for. Preserve these copies safely as they are needed while updating your name in document or whenever required.
Now that you’ve understood the procedure of changing your name, you may now change your name with very little running around at the Government offices, and as many times as you may desire.