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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Name change is a very common thing. Many people change names for different reasons. Some do it for good luck, others for marriage and some just want to change the spelling. Irrespective of why you change your name, it has to be done officially. There are legal processes involved, which are quite lengthy and complex.
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We have broken down the name change procedure and have explained in detail about the name change procedure in India. The procedure involved for a name change can be split into a simple three-step process. If the steps are followed correctly, it can be done in very less time.
The first step is to select a new name. Once the name is shortlisted, the next step would be to make a Name Change Affidavit that is best done with the help of a lawyer. An affidavit has to be made on a stamp paper. 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.
An advertisement in a national newspaper has to be made. Married women changing their name after marriage should write in their husband's name and address in the notification.
After an initial name change application is submitted, your name has to be published in the National Gazette. We will track the publication on a daily basis. Once the publication is done, we will send you the Gazette copy with the details of the publication page.
In case you wish to apply for a job, visa, passport, or any other related reasons, you will have to offer verification for your citizenship, name, and address. Hence, if you had recently changed your name, an affidavit about your name change is the most vital proof about your identity. We offer you various types of affidavit formats online.
The affidavit is the most important document in a name change application. It is a legal document that has 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. Some of them are:
This affidavit form requires you to fill in your old name or maiden name, new name, current address, age and the reason for the change in name.
Newspaper Publication & Publication in Gazette of India are mandatory for Change of Name affidavit -
This affidavit is used for those who want to change their names after marriage. Along with a filled up form, a copy of the marriage certificate and photographs of yourself and your spouse need to be submitted.
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.
Newspaper advertisement is a part of the process. The advertisement goes out in one national newspaper.
Also, its recommended to retain the copies of the published newspaper for future reference.
A Name Change advertisement in a newspaper usually contains all the details listed below:
Central Gazette is a better option to publish your name change advertisement and for government employees, it is a mandatory step. You need to send the following documents to the department of publication
At Vakilsearch, our team of experts take the burden off from you when you want to initiate the name change procedure in India. We assist you at each stage of the online name change process, which entails: