Sample Newspaper ads for changing your name

Recently I published an advertisement in the newspaper regarding change of my name. I’m writing this article to provide you with a sample newspaper ad that you can use as your template for newspaper advertisement.

Changing your name is a very complicated process. Well, that’s what most of you think. The fact is it is not as complicated as you think it is. If you know what are the steps you should follow while changing your name then it is just a matter of time. You should be aware that there are formalities which you should adhere. Conforming to the formalities and legalities involved is important to ensure that you do not miss anything, that will linger the process. It is hence best to get legal help and make your process seamless.

An important legal step in the process is publishing an advertisement in the newspaper, declaring that you are changing your name. It not only makes others aware that you are changing your name, but then in the future, you can counter any legal issues arising out of your name change. The advertisement shows that you had no mal intentions in changing your name.

Just changing your name legally is not enough; you have to declare it in the newspaper. Go to the local press and get a standard format from them and fill it with necessary details or you can write a statement of your own stating your old name and the new name. The most common way of giving an ad in the newspaper is –

“I have changed my name from xxxxxxx (your old name) to xxxxxxx (your new name) as per your local gazette. (E.g. Maharashtra Gazette).”

As far as the cost of the advertisement is concerned you don’t have to worry at all because it really comes cheap. If you want it to be published in 2 newspapers your cost would come around Rs180/- to Rs 1000/- . It is a standard norm to give it in 2 local newspapers so that it reaches maximum people. Another advantage of publishing in local newspapers all will know about your name change.

Different newspapers have different booking rates like, The Times of India-Kolkata edition – 600/-, Bartaman-Kolkata edition – 600/-, Hindustan Times-Kolkata edition – 500/- and so on. The cost of advertising in ‘The Time of India’ is 600/- for every five 5 lines and if you think it is too much then you can opt for ‘Aajkaal’ where the cost is 200/- for every 15 lines; it totally depends upon your budget. Below is given a sample of the newspaper advertisement about changing your name.

I, VINAY KUMAR, S/o of Dinesh Singh R/o Flat no 401, Plot no 6-A, Galaxy Residency, Sector-19,

Gurgaon, New Delhi, have changed my name from (old name) to (new name).

If you are giving it in any local newspaper you can use your native language. Are you wondering how to book a newspaper and publish an ad in it? Well here the steps which can follow-

1. Go to , choose the category as Announcement and sub category as Change of Name. Select the newspaper you want to publish in.

2. Compose the matter of your ad .

3. Select the date of release of the ad and pay the charge through net banking or through cheque in ICICI bank or any other bank.

18 Responses to Sample Newspaper ads for changing your name

  1. Rasshme Chawla February 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Thanks you for this information. very useful.

  2. Amita Naik February 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Very useful information. Especially about putting request for newspaper ads through online process. 🙂


    • prankur yadav October 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      it is helpful. thank you. now i’m going to the site you mentioned 🙂

  3. Name December 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Very helpful info..thank you very much

  4. Ravindra December 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Dear , I wanted to change name of my wife after marriage, after putting advertisement what will be the procedure, can anyone help me to explain the process.


  5. Abhinav March 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    do we need to attach scanned copy of the affidavit while booking for the announcement…??

  6. Vasanth March 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    That’s a great info,sure everyone on this page wont forget you for sure!

  7. Jeeva May 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    The information is useful. but, be sure on the website you are using. Because, the rate are differing website to website.


  8. Abhishek yadav March 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

    Thank you soo much for the Information.Very useful information.

  9. venkatesh March 30, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    above you mentioned the format for changeof name as per your local gazette. What does this local gazette mean? Do i need to get any certificate from anywhere for local gazette? please reply as soon as possible.

  10. Rohit July 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Thank you for such a useful information! The information written very nicely. One should read this before going to any other website, if possible.

    Thank you

  11. Mohit shaha January 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    I’m applying for passport but their is different name on my birth certificate and all other documents i already made affidavit of it so do I need to publish an ad in newspaper. If I need to publish an ad in newspaper then can we publish in any paper????

  12. Vijay February 18, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    I want to give add in news paper for change name of my daughter as Pallavi Anil Bhende (old name ) to Shradha Vijay Bhende (change name) please advice how to draft the add.

  13. Imtiyaz Ahmed Bhat March 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Sir I want to change my child’s name from Mehran Ahmad Bhat (old name) to MEHFOOZ AHMED BHAT (New Name). How can I apply for The add in times of India and any other national newspaper. Please let me know and contact me at my email id [email protected] & [email protected]

  14. shailendra July 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

    very useful & simple steps for change name



  15. Nitin Jain January 12, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    1. Go to you local Notary and make an affidavit regarding change of your name. Submit it in your respective District Court before a Magistrate or Notary Public.The Affidavit must mention the current name and the desired new name, and may mention in brief the reason for name change.

    2. Please give advertisement in newspaper only after this (with due reference of notary#).

  16. Praveen bhatt February 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    I have got my name misspell in my 10th 12th marks card .My actual name is Praveen bhatt but it got printed as bhatt praveen bhatt .I have got a affidavit made on both using both the names as there will not be any problem in future .So could please suggest me as to what i should give in the add for getting both the names.

  17. Dhruv February 7, 2018 at 1:12 am #

    Thanks for the sample language for publication.
    God bless you.

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