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How to change your name legally in India?

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Anwar Joshi

Being human

Indian constitution provides people to change their names for sound reasons. Considering this opportunity, people aim to change their names for reasons which even the government can't get to understand. People change their names because of various causes. Usually proffered reasons are marriage, gender change, antipathy towards own name, Religious reasons, political likes and dislikes, stardom, etc. 

India is a country rich in religious observances and conspiracy beliefs. This sway has highly increased the name change in India. So if you want to know to change your name because of any reason and don’t know the legal procedures to carry out the task, you are at the right place. We can tutor you about the complete procedure of the legal name change process in simple and time-saving steps.

First of all, keep your notion of heavily risky procedures of name change away. It is not at all troublesome as it used to be. There are tons of expertise and platforms available online to escort you and help you at every step. Airtact is rich with experts who are qualified and experienced in legal and social issues. We are always available to help you.

The legal name change procedure concludes with three simple steps.

AFFIDAVIT

  • Make an affidavit with the help of a lawyer. This will include details like your former name, the proposed name, the reason for the name change, etc.

  • Print the affidavit on a stamp paper.

  • Get it signed by two witnesses and notarize the affidavit.

  • Take multiple copies of the attested stamp paper.

ADVERTISE IN NEWSPAPER

Publish an advertisement in the newspaper proclaiming the name change details. Women who are married have to specify the name of their spouse in the advertisement. 

Newspaper advertisement form

This must include old name, new name, address details, name of authority who performed the attesting, etc.


FINAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR GAZETTE PUBLISHING

  • An affidavit signed by the applicant and attested by notary.

  • Newspaper with the name change advertisement.

  • Typed proforma with the signature of the applicant and two witnesses.

  • CD containing the soft copy of the typed application in MSword format.

  • A declaration certificate declaring that the soft and hard copies of the submitted documents are the same. It must be signed by the applicant.

  • Self-attested copy of valid ID proof.

  • Two self-attested passport size photos.

  • Request and requisite fee required by the authority.

Sample proforma

GAZETTE PROCEDURE

Submit the documents mentioned above at the official gazette to the department of the publication. Once the application is submitted, it is verified and checked by the corresponding person in the department. 

      Gazette publish the application form

If they find your application complete and legitimate, it will be sent to the concerned Govt. of India Press. It takes at most two months for name changing ad to appear in the Gazette Publication Part IV. You can download the digital copy of the name change notification at the Digital Directory of The Gazette Of India. The authority will send a copy of the name change notification in the gazette of India to your residing address.

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