What is the Legal Procedure to Change Name in India?

I wish my name wasn’t Brian because sometimes people would misspell my name and call me Brain. That’s like a free compliment but I got fed up spelling it to everyone

Have you ever thought like that? Wanna Change your Name? One can change his/her name at any time. Without giving any reason. You are free to adopt any name. Now, change name in India is simple and secure.

Procedure- Change Name in India :

Following is the Legal Procedure to Change Name in India –


STEP 1 

Make a Name Change Affidavit by providing a few details. Like, Old Name, and New Name. Make it Attest from Notary Public.

Below, is the Preview of the Format of the Name Change Affidavit :

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STEP 2  

Publish an advertisement in 2 reputed Newspapers of your State (One in Hindi and One in English) in a prescribed format.

Have a Look at the Format for Newspaper Publication –

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STEP 3 

Publish Notification in Gazette of India (Central Gazette). By writing the Application along with DD of requisite fee with the list of Documents required.

Prepare and send the following documents to the Department of Publication.

Publishing Notification of Change of Name :

  • Name Change Affidavit duly Notarized (Original).
  • Newspaper Publication (Original).
  • Hard Copy of Specimen of Name Change duly filled as per the prescribed format. Below is the Format of the Specimen for your reference.

Specimen for Name Change in Gazette(Click on Image for Zoom View)

  • Soft Copy of Specimen in a Compact Disc (C.D).

In A Soft Copy, from the Format of Specimen remove the Signature and Witness Column. Copy the Word File into the C.D.

  • A Certificate duly signed by the Applicant declaring/stating that the content of hard copy and soft copy that the applicant is providing is similar. Below is the Format of the Certificate for your reference.
  • An Undertaking duly signed by the Applicant showing the old and new name. Declaring and undertaking the Statements that they are true and correct to the best of his/her knowledge.

For Govt. employees working with Central Government will be required to submit Deed for change of name in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs 0. M. No. 190016 / 1 / 87-Estt. dated 12/03/1987. In case of Indians living abroad, they have to submit deed duly attested by the respective Indian Embassy / Indian High Commission, in original to this Department.

  • A Demand Draft of Rs. 1,100/- (in case of major) and Rs. 1,700/- (in case of Minor) drawn in favor of Controller of Publications, Delhi.
  • Two Passport Size Photographs self-attested.
  • Application/Forwarding Letter describing all the Documents enclosed within the envelope.

“Enclose all the Documents in the Envelope and send it to the Controller of Publication, Department of Publication, Civil Lines, Delhi – 54”


STEP 4

After following all these steps. Download the Notification from the e-gazette website – http://www.egazette.nic.in/. Once they publish it and provide the same to the Department where you want to change your name. You can freely change your name in all the Documents by showing Gazette Notification.


POINTS TO REMEMBER WHILE SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS TO GAZETTE OF INDIA

Following are the Points that the applicant should keep in mind. While following the procedure to get the Name Changed in Central Gazette –

  • The Documents that the applicant is enclosing should not be older. Then One Year otherwise it will not be acceptable by the Department of Publication.
  • The Documents should be in a prescribed proforma provide by the Department of Publication. The Signatures in Documents should be from Old Name Only.
  • Pay the Publication Fee appropriately as fixed by the Department. It drawn in favor of Controller of Publications, Delhi.

Fee Structure is as follow (subject to change by department w.e.f – 31.3.2017) : –

For Name Change of Minor Child – Rs. 1,700/-

For Name Change of Major/Govt. Employee – Rs. 1,100/-

For Indian Living Abroad – Rs. 3,500/-

  • Do not Cut the Newspaper Clipping. Provide the whole page of the Newspaper along with the front page of the Newspaper.
  • Publish the Notification in Central Gazette as the Notification published by the Central Government holds more power and better recognition as compared to the Notification of State Gazette.

    Central Gazette is based at Delhi and Full Official Address is – Controller of Publication, Department of Publication, Civil Lines, Delhi-54.


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