Just Spell Your Name Right & We Take Care of the Rest!

The name change process can be complicated and tiring, but not when you do it through Vakilsearch!

We collect all the required information


We ask you to submit the necessary documents


We prepare and file your name change application
We collect all the required information
Check the list of documents required to complete the process

Name Change in India - an Overview

Whatever the reason for your name change might be, you need to go through a process to change it. And the legal process for your name change can be lengthy and complicated! However, with Vakilsearch, the process is simplified to make it as easy as possible for you to change your name.

Name Change Procedure in India

Following your decision on a new name, you need take the following actions to formally change your name:

Name Change Affidavit

The first step is to prepare a name change affidavit, which will be taken care of by our expert lawyers. The affidavit must have details of your old name, new name, the reason for the name change (marriage, legal, numerological, etc.), and the address. The name change affidavit has to be signed by two witnesses and gazetted officer rank along with their stamp.

Placing Advertisement

Newspaper advertisement is a part of the process. The advertisement goes out in one national newspaper. We will place an ad in the national newspaper for your name change with all the necessary information.
It’s recommended to retain the copies of the published newspaper for future reference.

Gazette Notification

After an initial name change application is submitted, your name will be published in the national gazette. We will track the publication daily. Once the publication is done, we will send you the gazette copy with the details of the e-publication page.

Documents Required for Name Change

  • An affidavit on a stamp paper, the minimum value should be ₹10
  • The original newspaper cutting of the name change advertisement
  • The prescribed proforma in printed format, duly signed by the applicant and two witnesses
  • Two passport size photographs
  • Photocopies of valid ID proof ( PAN card, Aadhaar card, or passport)
  • A CD with a soft copy of the application in .docx format duly filled
  • A letter stating that the content in the hard and soft copy of the application is true
  • A request letter along with the registration fee to the authority.

Why Vakilsearch?

At Vakilsearch, our team of experts take the burden of the complicated procedure off you when you change your name in India.

  • We draft the name change affidavit
  • We ensure that the newspaper publication is done
  • We inform you when the gazette notification is published
  • The process is 100% online
  • Our experts guide you throughout the process
  • Our support team will answer all your queries.

FAQs on Just Spell Your Name Right & We Take Care of the Rest!

The Name Change Glossary


An affidavit is a written statement of fact voluntarily made by a person.

National Gazette

A national gazette is a public journal and an authorised legal document of the Government of India that prints official notices from the government.

Gazetted Officers

Gazetted officers are executive/managerial level ranked public servants in India who are authorised to issue official stamps.