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 a local newspaper 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 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.
my name on cbse marksheet is GURPRATAP SINGH and in my college the name is GURPARTAP SINGH and i m in 3rd year of college. will this lead to major issues? And what is the time required to make a gazzette? I m from Faridabad,Haryana
Hi. i m doing master degree. i have changed my name “S.KARTHIK” to “S.V.KARTHIC” last month in Tamilnadu Gazzette and have officially changed my old name in my master certificates.. Is it mandatory to change my name in my 10th certificate?
I changed my name a couple of years ago. But the agent who did this published it in only one of the newspapers(English newspaper). So my question is, is it valid or do I have to go through the whole procedure once again? Is just one newspaper publication enough as a proof?
I need to change name in a policy and they have asked for the gazette notification for that.After marriage my name changed from G.Rajya laxmi to Uppala pavani. so,is it required for changing name in policy.. If yes, then do we need to do all these steps, also how much time will it take to reflect. From where we can get the published gezette notification and how much it costs for name change.
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I have changed my surname in 2006,however, i have not given any gazette notification. As a result, i have bee asked about it every now and hen while applying for passport.Hence, requesting your’s support on how to publish gazette.
ICIC bank was asking for copy of gazetted notification for name change to release the bond amount. Is it compulsory to submit copy gazetted notification? As I already submitted below document to them:
1. Original bond certificate(s)
2. Notarized affidavit for name change.
3. Self-attested copy of PAN
4. Self-attested copy of address proof (Aadhar card)
5. Mark sheet
Hi, My minor son’s middle name is changed and I got his adhaar card and passport issued with the new name already and new name is recorded in school as well.
1. Is Gazette publication still mandatory?
2. He’s in class 7. Will he face any problem while getting his ICSE 10th certificate?
3. Is it mandatory to get it updated in the birth certificate? Is it even possible?
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My passport contain name as Sutariya Vijaykumar Mohanbhai bxsed on (SSC & HSC certificate) and i have all the other document name as Sutariya Vijay Mohanbhai (like Voting card, Aadharcard etc) so how to change it.
Dear Sir/Maám My wife wished to changed her name so in that processed we made the affidavit,published in newspaper and submitted for publication in gazette but havn’t recieved any confirmation yet form gazette. In mean while we also updated the adhar card based on those document with new name. Now my wife wants to apply for govt job where she has all documents with older name except adhar card.They are also asking for adhar card details while submitting the form. Kindly let me know by which name we fill the application form. It would be a great help. Thanks
My Name is appear as
1) “Dhawale Vishal Mahesh” on 10 and 12th Class Certificates.
2) “Dhavale Vishal Mahesh” on B.Sc. and M.Sc. Certificates.
3) “Vishal M. Dhavale” on Ph.D. Certificate.
And, now while applying to the Central Govt Post. my name was entered as “Vishal Dhavale” on the application form. Does it create any issue while joining. If I need to go for Name Change, what is procedure. Simple Affidavit mentioning that the names given above are the name of Same Person. Please help in this regards.
my name i rajendra prasad ,i was married a muslim girl after my marriage i was change my name as shaik mohammed rafi .how can i apply for gazette notification .iam from anantapur district andhra pradesh state.kindly please help me to do this
Do we need to send the original affidavit in Department of publications or its photocopy? As i might require it in future for further submissions. Also whole newspaper need to be send or just the advertisement page?
Please help 🙂 Thank you
I have changed my Surname along with my father’s name and Surname. I have not given any gazette notification. My certificates are in old name what shall I shall I do? I am applying for passport they are asking notification of change of name in gazette. so please help me out.
I have spelling mistake in my caste certificate(Maharashtra). My name is Hrutik Nilesh Gurav, but in caste certificate it is mentioned as Rutik Nilesh Gurav. I have e-gazette.What should i do to prevent future problems.
In my son’s birth certificate mother’s name is printed as Riji Sam which is my name after marriage but i don’t have id’s on this name. As all my id’s are in my old name i.e Riji Alexander. Can you please tell me which is better whether i should make changes in my id’s or is there any possibility to change mother’s surname in my son’s birth certificate. Whether i will face any problem if i didn’t change surname to get admission in school.
I am upendrareddy, in my all education certificates my name in upendra tirumalasetty passport pancard etc.. actual my original name is upendra reddy tirumalareddy. So recently i have change aadhar rationcard voter id to my original name.. but my problem is how to change my education certificates to my original name.. plz suggest me
I need my father name correction in my matriculation from Andhra university, my father original name: P Venkata Nagaraju, but in my matric certificate printed in P Nagaraju, i have asked to the university examination cell to correct my father name, but they are asking to publish in AP Gazette certificate for correction,
please advice what to do exactly, because my father was no more he was demised on 2004. I have my father death certificate and family and proper person certificate. pls advise the same
I HAVE CHANGED MY NAME CHANDAN H. KASER TO CHANDAN H. VARMA BUT NO ONE TELL ME THAT ADVT. IN NEWS PAPER IS COMPULSARY I HV CHANGED MY NAME IN 2015 AND NOW ITS 2017 NOW FOR WHT??
MY ALL DOCUMENTS APPEAR OLD NAME NOW I WANT NEW DOCUMEMTS LIKE PAN,ADDHAR AND ELECTION CARD (I DONT HAVE) SO HOW CAN I APPLY??
PLS SUGGEST ME ASAAP
via mail- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir in 2012 I gave an affidavit stating that I bear two names from now on. My earlier name is indu chahal which is there in my all documents as well as my husband ‘so official documents of his department and policies as nominee.I gave given my new name in aadhar card.Now some body told me that I can’t carry two names and will face problem in future.kindly help. Regards Indu chahal alias gursharankaur.
I had a Name change from Muslim to Hindu after Marriage. Now I’m applying for Passport. Passport officials are asking for Religion Change certificate. Do I need to get Religion Change certification to get the Passport? I already have a passport with Muslim Name.
Please do let me know whether I need to get the Religion change certificate or Not? If Yes, then what is the procedure and how much time does this process take?
I changed my name 17-18 years ago and my passport voter card adahar card and pan card issued in my new name. But my educational papers like mark sheets and certificates are still in a old name.i lost paper cutting and gazette paper in which i published my name change.
I am planning to take govt job..Will they accept my educational documents in my old name or will they have objection.
Hi Goutam, yes it is necessary to change your name in all the important documents. If you are changing religion, then you will have to follow proper legal process and have to notify it in Gazette too. To avail our help, please provide your contact no. and email all details to email@example.com
Hi Ms. Banu, your query is unclear. But to change name in documents such as Voter ID and Aadhaar, you will be asked for a proof of the name in some important document. If you do not have any document with your required name mentioned, then you will have to get a name change Gazette notification.
To get more details, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your contact details or call us on 080-46682600 (Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm).
I am md Zareena banu w/o Iqbql saheb accutal my name is Lavudya Banu D/o Gopya (S.T.Lambada) He is not coming since 2013 to till today
i have change my name Lavudiya Banu D/O Gopya in Aadhar, voter ID, eletrical billWhat should I do???pl.help
We can definitely help with the remaining procedure. Hope the affidavit and newspaper publication are done recently. Please provide your details here- https://legaldesk.com/name-change-package
In the services section, choose only Gazette Notification.
I need to change my daughter’s name in a policy and they have asked for the gazette notification for that. Is it required for changing name in policy for a 11 yrs girl. If yes, then do we need to do all these steps, also how much time will it take to reflect. From where we can get the published gezette notification and how much it costs for name change.
Hi Maneesh, the Central government authorities approve only Central Gazette publication and we can help you with the procedure for the same. Please send us the scan copy of your name change affidavit and news paper ad along with your contact number to email@example.com . Please note that the affidavit should not be a year old and newspaper has to be within 6months from now, only then they can be used. If not you will have to get both done again.
Sir, i am a central government employee and i have changed my name in state gazette. The appoining authority is refusing to change my name in service record on behalf of state gazzette. They are asking me to get publish this in central gazzette. i want to know on behalf of already published issue of state gazzette, can i apply in the publication dpmt of central gazzette for name change. help me sir
in Rajasthan Service Rules, there is common rules for all, Only Gadget Notification of Employees for name correction Even for woman employee after marriage.
While Central Govt has special rules for Woman Employee. Woman Employee can submit affidavit along with marriage certificate for her surname correction only.
While rajasthan needs gadget notification for this.
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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