Marriage is a life-changing decision. And for many women, although much fewer than before, it’s one that involves the change of a name (or surname) as well. If you’re getting married, or were recently married, and need to know how to change your name, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll cover all there is to know about changing your name. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a name change in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore or Chennai, the procedure is the same. Let’s get started, shall we?
The Procedure for Name Change
It may take some time to get it done, but the procedure for name is straightforward. As per Indian Law, a person is not permitted to change their first name more than once. So do pay attention to what you’re doing.
Make an Affidavit
Create an affidavit with your details and your wish to change your name now that you are married. The affidavit will also require details like your maiden name, proposed new name, husband’s name, your address and sometimes a copy of your marriage certificate. Place your signature on the affidavit and attach a photo of yours too. Once your affidavit is ready, print it on Rs. 10 stamp paper.
Notarise the Affidavit
You can simply visit a notary to get this done. In case you are abroad, get the affidavit attested by the embassy. Once your affidavit is notarized, you’re mostly done.
Place an Advertisement
Once you have your affidavit notarized, you will have to publish an ad about the same in two local newspapers/dailies. Keep in mind, one ad should be in a local language daily and the other in an English daily. This should be easy as most newspapers have a section dedicated to such ads.
A step only for government employees, though others may also do this. Approach the Controller of Publication of any Government Gazette and they will tell you about the internal procedures. The affidavit prepared in Step 1 along with other valid ID, clippings of the newspaper ads and documents may have to be presented at this point.
At this point, you can notify all the institutions, such as your bank, college and work place, that your name has changed after marriage.
There is no law prevalent in our country that mandates women belonging to other religions to change their names after marriage. So whether you are Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh or Jain, women can choose not to change their names officially. Although unofficially and for ceremonial purposes, they may be given new names, it is not mandated by law.