A change of name is not as simple as it looks, though we’ve broken down the process into a simple article to give you details about how to go about changing your name.
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Changing of a name in India is very common. Many people change names for different reasons. Some do it for good luck, others for marriage and some just want to make a spelling change. While you might think, changing your name is fairly simple, you can just write it in a new way, there are legal procedures involved that are quite lengthy. Which is why you need to hire a lawyer or be aware of the entire procedure.
The first step is obviously picking a new name. Once you have shortlisted one, you then have to make a Name Change Affidavit, it is best to take the help of a lawyer to do this. You need to make an affidavit on a stamp paper. The affidavit needs to have details like your previous name, your new name, the reason for the change (marriage, legal, numerological, etc) and your address. The name change affidavit needs to be signed by two witnesses gazetted officer rank along with their stamp.
You would also need to place advertisements in the paper stating that you are changing your name. One has to be in an English daily and the other in a language that is local to the state. Married women changing their name after marriage should write in their husband’s name and address in the notification.
The Name Change Gazette Procedure is the last stage in the change in name procedure. This process is mandatory for public servants and government employees and optional for others. But, we would recommend doing it because the document stands as a substantial proof of your name change.
The cost of placing an advertisement for a name change in the Gazette of India is Rs. - 2300. Additional costs you may have to incur are fees for attestation and the cost of affidavit and stamp papers, as well as lawyer fees.
Generally, an advocate will charge you around Rs. 3000 for the procedure, though this does not include charges for making an affidavit on a stamp paper, attestation of copies, etc.
Under normal circumstances, it takes about 6 months for the entire process to complete. You will, however, have to make frequent visits to the authorities to check on the status, hiring a lawyer, makes it easier as a lawyer will ensure that he or she does all the running about for you.
The affidavit is the most important document in a change in name process. It is a legal document that required to be filled on a stamp paper of Rs.10 or Rs. 20. The document must also be signed by a notary public, generally, most lawyers are notary public servants.
An affidavit can be of many types, let us have a look at some below:
This form requires you to fill in your previous/maiden name, new name, current address, age and the reason for the change in name.
This affidavit is used for those who want to change their names after marriage. Along with a filled up form, this requires you to submit a copy of the marriage certificate and photographs of yourself and your spouse.
The affidavit is used in cases of change of name on a passport due to spelling mistakes or change in surname after marriage. The procedure is the same as a change of name.
This affidavit needs to be filled in cases of change of name in minors. The affidavit needs to be presented by the parents or guardians. The other procedures remain the same.
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