Most of us know that we hardly have a say in what our names are. Thankfully, we do have ways to set this right now. In India, anybody above the age of 18 is free to change his/her name to something else as long as the procedure involved is followed without mistakes.
For all of you, unhappy with your names, this article may come as a welcome relief. Let’s find out how a major Indian can change his/her name the legal way.
Is Gazette Publication Needed For Everyone?
While Gazette publication is recommended for everyone, it is rarely practiced by non-Government employees. For Govt. servants, this is a compulsory step. These days, there is an increasing demand for Gazette publication for everyone while changing your name, especially in KYC forms and other similar documents. However, for changing your name in Passport, PAN and some banks this is optional for non-Govt. employees.
Guidelines For Name Change
Whatever your reasons are, astrology, marriage or anything else, name change is a simple procedure in India. The process as such, though simple, may take time.
Keep in mind that the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act will not allow more than one name change in a person’s lifetime. Which means due consideration should be given to the idea of name change and the name you pick.
Now, let’s get to the steps without much ado!
The first step would be preparing a name change affidavit mentioning reason for such a change on a stamp paper of INR 10. Ensure that you include vital details like old name, intended new name, reason for name change, address of current residence and father’s/husband’s name. Appear before a notary/legal official/ Magistrate and swear the affidavit. Get this affidavit attested.
2. Pro Forma
Filling in a declaration known as the Pro Forma is the next step in legally changing your name. This application can be obtained from Dept. of Publication of any state.
You will have to fill in this form in the presence of two witnesses and also get their signatures.
You will also need to two attested photos of yourself.
A cover letter also has to be drafted.
3. Newspaper Advertisement
This is a really vital step. An advertisement indicating your name change must be published in at least two local newspapers indicating the fact that you changed the name and other details like old name, new name and since when this name change applies.
Once the ad appears, you must keep an original copy of the advertisement. Having more than one copy cannot hurt, so we recommend that you keep at least 10 samples (the whole newspaper) of your ad.
4. Gazette Publication
This is generally considered as the concluding step in the name change procedure in our country. This step involves publishing the name change in your State or Central Gazette after paying the requisite fee. Submit the application with documents like the Proforma, the newspaper with the ad highlighted, affidavit prepared initially and the attested passport size photos.
As a closing step, you will be required to obtain copies of the gazette publication wherein your ad appears. You may have to wait for a fortnight to get copies.
What Happens After Your Name Is Changed?
Once you have successfully completed the above steps, your name is considered changed officially. Presenting copies of the Gazette publication you can request for issue of new passport, electoral ID and other valid Govt. IDs.
If you are someone wishing to pursue higher studies in India or abroad, you may have to get your name changed in your class 10/12 certificates and degree certificates as well. This can be done by writing requests to the boards/ universities that issued your certificates to you.
Well, that’s the whole procedure for you. Good luck with your new name!
Super-Easy Method To Change Your Name
While the procedure is fairly simple, there requires some amount of moving around to get things like the affidavit and other documents prepared and printing them on stamp paper. Most people agree that this is the most frustrating task of all because finding stamp vendors, drafting the affidavit and most of all deciding the content of the affidavit are Herculean tasks which is why LegalDesk presents a very easy way to get this done.
I’m Deepan Chakaravarthy, From Chennai,TN. I have a major problem with my name. It is like my sslc & HSC certificates are spelling my 2nd name with 2 k(chakkaravarthy) while my community certificate, adhar and my birth certificate has 1k, like I mentioned. I’m preparing for my UPSC Civil services 2018, any suggestions, plz !
Is it mandatory to change the name in all prior study/ education certificates (10th, 12th, Bachelors) after receiving name change Gazette to pursue further studies in India or Abroad?
Is it sufficient to attach the Gazette during visa process for going abroad for studies?
Sir what if a person has changed his name through gazette notification and he has been an aspirant of UPSC civil service as well…can the person mention his new name while filling up the application form for the exam or he has to mention his old name and if he mentions his old name , won’t it create any problems when he will be asked to provide his IDs which bear his new name through gazette notification??
I am Hanuman Mali, my date of birth on birth certificate and other document like SSC Maharashtra board certificate not matching.
Can Gazette for date of birth change will help to prove that I have officially changed my date of birth and any other documents such s SSC holding wrong date of birth will not be considered as valid date of birth.
I have birth certificate and passport with date of birth as per birth certificate also on all my documents I have corrected it but it seems it almost not possible to get it correct in SSC certificate.
Is date of birth change Gazette officially accepted everywhere(for VISA application and IT company background verification)?.
If Gazette is accepted then still do I need to correct date of birth in SSC mark certificate.
Hi Mr. Singh, as of now we only help with central gazette publication. Please consult UP Gazette authority to know how to proceed further. You may have to visit govt press and fill up an application form and submit all the necessary documents.
i want to change my name from”pratap singh dahiya /dahiya ps” to “pratap singh”.notarised an affidavit to this effect and got it published in lucknow [uttar Pradesh] newspaper. now i want to get it published in gazette of uttar Pradesh. can you help me as i do not know to proceed further .
It is recommended that you get a Gazette notification published for your name change announcing your new name and also quote your previous names (maiden name and other one). Please submit your details here- https://legaldesk.com/name-change-package . Once you register and log in to your account, our representatives shall respond to your further queries internally through dashboard.
You can login with the same id but if you have created any document earlier then the previous details would get auto-updated and you will have to edit it and use. So it’s recommended to use a new account which would be much easier.
Hi, I got divorced and then remarried. I live in Maharashtra. I had changed my name after first marriage ( but didn’t have gazette notification done) hence my DL, PAN card, Passport etc. has that name. Now I want to change my name again after my second marriage.
I have a LIC policy on my maiden name as well.
So when I’d like to get all documents with my new name, should I get 2 gazette forms filled in?
Also when I’d give ID proof and Address proof, would I need both with my old name?
Thanks in advance,
Hi Mohini, Please note that the Central Gazette would be more beneficial. For other queries, please opt for name change package and one of our executive will call and help. https://legaldesk.com/name-change-package
I’m married & housewife.i live in navi mumbai.
in most cases change only middle name & last name after marriage but about me,i’m change full name after marriage in my all id’s but I don’t make Gazzate.
I want to make Gazzate but the problem is I haven’t any proof i.e id,add & age of before marriage.
so,how i make Gazzate?
I heare about central gazzate & state gazzate.which gazzate is better for me in feature I.e central or state?
what is the proccedure of name change in gazzate,i mean tell me about both reguler proccedure & e-gazzate Proccedure.
I am NILESH
I have a Gazette notification showing change in surname
I correct my surname in graduation showing this Gazette certificate also in all IDs
But their no correction done in SSC and HSC certificate. Because they refuse to do so.
I worried about govt rule that AADHAR IS LINKING with each and every education document if this done
then no matter in DEGRRE certificate but what with my SSC AND HSC marksheet.
Please tell me about this……………….
My mother’s name in all the IDs is same in English but in Punjabi it is spelled differently in the sale deed of her house. The first name is fine but last name is spelled differently and doesn’t exactly match my father’s last name in his death certificate which is also in Punjabi. Now she wants to get a will registered in Punjabi language. Should she use the same spelling as it is on the sale deed of the house, in her will? And also mention an alias name which matches her ID and my father’s last name? OR should she officially get these names published in the gazette?
Hi.. If your affidavit was made a year ago then it cannot be used now for name change in Gazette. And yes, you were right that we do not get magistrate attestation. Once we create affidavit we send it to client and then client has to sign and get it attested. The client has to send a scan copy which we use for newspaper publication.
I am Suvo Chatterjee. I have a LIC policy and 2 bank a/cs in ICICI and UBI in the name of Subha Chattopadhyay. Now I wants to change it to Suvo Chatterjee everywhere. I can produce AAdhar, pan and passport as my proof, I have also a notary affidavit which I think is now not acceptable as LIC is asking for 1st class magistrate certificate.
I have gone through your name change package where u will do everything but the attestation of affidavit.Then I could not understand how does it help to get it printed in newspaper or gazzate if the actual affidavit is not legally bounded.Pls help me out
Let the old name be on the SSC certificate and few other documents. But you may use the Gazette Certificate in future to claim that you have changed your name legally. Try changing your name in current ID proof documents like Aadhaar, voter card, pan card, if any.
SSC Board officer didn’t give me proper reason in writing ,they were telling me,
“Gazette is not accepte to the name correction in SSC/HSC certificate.
Can you tell me “The SSC Board may accept a Gazette certificate for name correction ?
I’m Amol Borde,
I have a Gazette certificate,
I want to correction my surname in SSC & HSC certificate.
I went to SSC board & I submitted my gazette certificate in SSC board but the officer was not accepted my gazette certificate to surname correction in SSC certificate so tell me , What should I do???
I have changed/added my surname in 2008,however, i have not given any gazette notification. As a result, i have bee asked about it every now and hen while applying for job.Hence, requesting your’s support on how to publish gazette.
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