The Name Change Procedure

With Vakilsearch, you can get your name changed in just 3 simple steps –

Information Collection

Our team will set up a seamless process for data collection.

Step 1

Application Preparation

Our team will prepare your application and submit it to the concerned department.

Step 2

Support Throughout the Process

Vakilsearch will help you throughout the process.

Step 3


There could be various reasons for a person's name change. It could be divorce, marriage, numerology, or whatever! However, there are certain legal procedures associated with it and Vakilsearch is the number one legal advisory company to help you through the process!

Name Change Procedure in India

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

Affidavit for Name Change

The first step is to prepare an affidavit for name change, 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, divorce, correction in existing name, etc.). The affidavit for name change 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 or regional newspaper, whichever is suitable. We will place the ad for your name change in the newspaper 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 official national gazette. We will track the publication daily. Once the publication is done, a soft copy of the gazette with the details of the e-publication page will be sent.

Eligibility for Name Change Application

Now, who is eligible to change their names or apply for a name change? Let us see the eligibility for name change application:

  • An Indian
  • They ought to possess a legitimate government ID.
  • He or she must have a good reason for the name change.
  • Minors should be accompanied by their parents when visiting a government office.

Who May Apply for a Name Change:

  • Either husbands
  • Wife
  • a relative
  • At any point in their lives, anyone can change their name.

Legal Compliance with Name Change Procedure in India

What is the importance of complying with all the legal formalities in a Name Change procedure in India? Let us see the reasons as mentioned below:

Anything that is done legally has a definite value. It is crucial to remember that any change in a person's identification should be done lawfully because technology has been incorporated into so many aspects of our daily lives, especially for identity proof. Our names are listed on a number of documents, including PAN, Aadhaar, bank accounts, transcripts of records, birth certificates, etc., which are used to verify our identities. Therefore, it is crucial that your identification be legally validated and changed by the party or officer chosen by the Center/State before making changes to these documents with relation to the name change. People with criminal records can misuse the names of others to save themselves from arrest.So, it is very important to record your name in a document to increase transparency and accountability.

Documents Required for Name Change

  • An affidavit on a stamp paper
  • The original newspaper with 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.

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.