Name Change

Creating the Name Change Affidavit

The first step after deciding a new name is to make a Name Change Affidavit, the best way is to take the help of an expert lawyer through LawInsta who will make an affidavit on a stamp paper. The affidavit needs to have your details like previous name, new name, reason for the change (marriage, legal, numerological, etc.) and complete address. The name change affidavit needs to be signed by 2 witnesses who are gazetted officer rank along with their stamp.

Placing Advertisement

You would also need to advertise in the paper stating that you are changing your name. One has to be in English daily and the other in a language that is local to the state. Married women changing their name after marriage should write in their husband’s name and address in the notification.

Gazette Procedure

The Name Change Gazette procedure is the last stage in the name change procedure. This process is mandatory for public servants and government employees and optional for others. But, we would recommend doing it because the document stands as a substantial proof of your name change.

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What all documents are required for change of name ?

  • An affidavit on a stamp paper, minimum value should be Rs.10.

  • An original newspaper cutting in which name change advertisement is given.

  • A prescribed perform in printed format duly signed by the applicant and 2 witnesses.

  • 2 passport size photographs.

  • Photocopies of valid ID proof (pan card, Aadhar card or passport)

  • A CD with a soft copy of the application in Word format duly filled up.

  • A letter stating that the content in the hard and soft copy of the application is true.

  • A request letter together with the registration fee to the authority.

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