How to get your name change certificate in India? (5 easy steps)

Changing your name in India is no more a troublesome process. Till some time back people used to shudder just by thinking about the hassles that are associated with the process. If you are aware of the basic steps that you have to follow then I believe changing your name is not a big deal!

First of all let me make you aware that the whole procedure is a bit time consuming; it might take up to 6 months. Also quite a lot of travelling is required to local offices. So if you are absolutely sure about changing your identity then here are the steps you have to go through:

Steps

Step 1

Go to the local Notary and make an affidavit. Get it duly signed and attested by a First class magistrate in your area. Give a valid reason as to why you want to change your name. A lawyer will help you drafting the letter. They are aware of the legalities and formalities involved and hence are best suited to help you in the process.

Step 2

Write down all your personal details like your old name, your new name, your Father’s name, your permanent address and the name of your employer on a blank sheet of paper. Sign the paper in front of two witnesses and ask them to sign it as well. It is advisable to make a few copies of the signed paper and keep the original one with you very carefully. This forms to be an important part in the process and again a lawyer is the person who will guide you to complete this formality as required by the government.

Step 3

Your next step will be to publish a statement in one of your local newspapers declaring that you are changing your name. A standard format is always available at the local newspaper office. If you are not sure about the format, take the help of your lawyer. He/she will draft the publication as per norms. Don’t forget to keep a copy of the original advertisement for future reference.

Step 4

Now you have to send certain documents to “Controller of Publication, Department of Publication, (Your State). The documents that you will have to send are the original advertisement published in the newspaper, original declaration statement, attested affidavit and 2 passport size photographs. You can either send these in person or by registered post. If you are not sure, take legal help. A lawyer will guide you by helping you to complete the formalities.

Step 5

Get the copies of the official gazette in which your statement of changing your name has been published. This gazette copy will act as a proof of your new identity in the future whenever you need.

Throughout the process, you will need legal help, so seek the help of a legal counselor. He/she will not only make the process for you easier but will also ensure that the process is completed seamlessly. For them it is easy as they know all the legalities involved. Their involvement will mean some expenses for you but then it is best to invest some money to get things done.

Note: The original copy of the Gazette notification regarding your name change will act as your name change certificate.

18 Responses to How to get your name change certificate in India? (5 easy steps)

  1. manjula May 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    i want to change my name in certificates plese send procedure for name change in certificates

  2. Vishnu July 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I want to go for a name change… so is this a easy procedure, if yes how, once i complete all the steps as mentioned above how to change the same in my Voter card, PAN Card , Adhaar card and also in the passport….

    • admin July 26, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      To change your name on any cards you need to provide copies of affidavit of name change, newspaper publication and gazette notification, the authorities may also ask you to verify all your documents from a Gazetted Officer with stamp… that’s all…

    • SACHIN GM August 11, 2013 at 1:25 am #

      i want to change my name in certificates plese send procedure for name change in certificates

      I want to go for a name change… so is this a easy procedure, if yes how, once i complete all the steps as mentioned above how to change the same in my Voter card, PAN Card , Adhaar card and also in the passport….

  3. vimal August 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    i want to change my name in education certificates plese send procedure for name change in education certificates , Pan Card

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  4. veeralakshmi August 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi, I am living in Netherlands now I would like to change my name legally in India.As a NRI,what are the procedures to be followed to change my name?. Also do i need to submit affidavit in a stamp paper or a plain paper? Please help me.

  5. Deepak September 18, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Hi Sir…
    I m having problem with my surname. I dont have My surname in any of my document.my father also dont have surname in his documents.
    Hw Could i use a surname in my passport.
    Please suggest…
    Thnx…

  6. Bolar September 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    My Name Bolar i want to change my name in education certificates Pan Card and All Documents plese send procedure for name change in education certificates….

  7. rahul October 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    i want to add my surname to my name , so i have to go through the same procedure ??

  8. Manjeet Singh November 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    I want to change my name in education certificates please send procedure for name change in education certificates.

  9. kuldeep j.d November 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Hi this is Kuldeep James Das here. I have a first class magistrate certificate, I have just added a middle name as James and with every documents. I want this to be the same. So what is the first step I have to do?

    How am i supposed to be doing it?

    Please let me known as soon as possible in my mail id. I would be very much happy and be grateful to you..
    yours faithfully, Kuldeep.

  10. prashant December 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    i never like my name ‘prashant kumar’ I want to change it into only ‘siwa’
    plz hlp me.
    i’m from patna, bihar
    contact me @ +918083735807

  11. Dinesh December 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi, I would like to change the name of my 5 yrs old son. He is currently studying in a pre-school. I want his name change in his birth certificate. Can you please let me know if I will have to follow the exact same procedure for him too as he is not yet entered in primary school?

  12. ramesh January 20, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    I want to change my name in education certificates please send procedure for name change in education certificates.

  13. SINDHU R S February 20, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    I want to change my name to Nasiya Nissar. The form store persons says they need caste certificate from Ponnani and residing certificte from village officer

  14. Nagender Thodetti March 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Sir ,
    My name is NAGENDER THODETTI and I am working in central government organization .For passport application I have to submit my DOB certificate copy, but on which my name is written as NAGENDHRA THODETTI. Except on DOB certificate, on every certificate from matriculation to post graduate certificates , on ration card , voter id etc.,, and even on my ID card given by my organization, it is written as NAGENDER T (and full name NAGENDER THODETTI wherever required ). Since there is a change in my first name in DOB certificate , what I am supposed to do . Since I am central gov officer , do i have to change it by giving gazzete notification or any other procedure is there . Please help me . Waiting for your reply,

    With regards,
    Nagender T

  15. Neetika May 10, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    I hav my first name on all my documents. But I need to use my husband’d surname in all my identity proof like PAN Card, voter card, passport, Bank account etc.. Please let me how to tackle this situation and what document I can produce to get it done.

  16. Abhisek May 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    my old name Nagajotheeswaran and my new name Abhisek to change in Gazette
    certificate to change in my school and college will old name please help me for change my college certificate how to change please send IDEA….
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