Your name is your identity in this world and will remain (upto some time) even after your death. All your friends, relatives, neighbors, social network netizens know you just by your name.

And the most amazing fact is that you did not choose your name at the time of your birth. Your family members did that.

There are many instances in life when you want to change your name. It may be astrological or neurological reasons, after marriage, bad reputation to existing name, change of religion etc. Whatever the reason is, you need to follow some procedure to change your name (first name or last name or both).



Note: You must be 18 years of age or above to change your name yourself. If you’re a minor, your parents / guardian can do it on your behalf.

In this article, we’ll check the steps to change your name legally.

Step 1: Submit an Affidavit of name change

Get the affidavit duly attested by first class Magistrate/Notary/Oath Commissioner mentioning your old and new name, your father’s / husban’s name, residential address and reason of changing name.

In case of individuals working with Central Govt. they may submit deed for change of name in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs O.M. No. – 190016/1/87-Estt. dated 12.03.1987. Specimen is attached. In case of Indians, living abroad, he/she will submit deed duly attested by the respective Indian Embassy/Indian High Commission, in original to this Department.

Step 2: Publish your new name ad in newspaper

The next step is to publish your new name advertisement in local newspapers – 1 in local official language and 2nd one in English. You need to give xerox as well as to show original affidavit to ad agency at the time of filling advertisement form.

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Once your ad gets published in newspapers, collect at least 10 copies of both newspapers with you. In many situations, you need to show / submit original newspaper page as a proof of your new name. After all, it’s a life time useful paper now.

Step 3: Publish your new name in official Gazette

Next, you need to publish your info about your new name in official Gazette of India. You can either approach Department of Publication of your state or directly send them by post.

Please submit printing matter as mentioned below duly completed in all respects by typing the same on a separate plain paper and signed by the individual in his/her old name, with two witnesses in duplicate. The Proforma must be typed.

Please attach two passport size photographs and come personally or else the case can be sent by registered post with photographs duly attested.

The printing charges for publication of change of name Rs. 700/- only. However, in case of public notice Rs. 900/- would be charged. The amount will have to be submitted or remitted in advance in cash or by Demand Draft/India Postal Order drawn in favour of Controller of Publication, Department of Publication, Civil Lines, Delhi-54. The extra copies of the Gazette can be supplied to the extent of 2 on additional payment of Rs. – 35/- per copy. The charges in cash can also be deposited alongwith, aforesaid documents in our Department. The cost of advertising of change of name in the Gazette of India for Indian living abroad is Rs. – 2300/- which includes air mail charges also.

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All the aforesaid document, printing charges together with forwarding letter addressed to The controller of Publication, Department of Publication, Civil Lines, Delhi-54. should be sent to this Department. The documents must not be old beyond the period of one year.

The documents once submitted in this Department will not be returned in any circumstances, neither original nor Xerox copy.

Visiting hrs. to the public in this regard is 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 3.00pm on any working day.

If the individual adopts the name of other religion and not change his/her religion, he/she must produce an affidavit duly signed by the SDM that he/she not changed his/her religion. The cost of such type of advertisement will be Rs. 900/-

Such type of matter for change of Religion must also be shown in the newspaper as well as in the prescribed Performa.

More details can be found at http://deptpub.nic.in/forms/forms%5B10%5D.pdf

Once your notification gets published in Gazette of India, you’ll get its copy by post at your residential address. Keep it safely for future use.

SPECIMEN FOR CHANGE OF NAME FOR MAJOR
ALL BLANK SPACE DULY TYPED ON SEPARATE
PLAIN PAPER IN DUPLICATE (TWO COPIES)

No. ADVT./IV/

I hitherto known as………………………………. Son /Daughter/Wife
of………………………………………………………………. employed
as …………………………………………………………………residing
at…………………………………………………………………………have
changed my name and shall hereafter be known as …………………

It is certified that I have complied with other legal requirements in
this connection.

Signature (in existing old name)

Witness No. 1

Signature Full Name
Address

Witness No. 2

Signature Full Name
Address

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That’s it.

Next time, whenever you mention your new name anywhere and you need to submit documents like PAN card, 10th marksheet etc., which are in old name, you can submit copy of affidavit and Gazette for proof of new name.

3 steps to legally change your Name in India
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