How many days generally it takes to change name legally in India?

Answer: Generally it takes around 30 days to completely change your legal name in India.

Dear Sir,

I am from India and I am going to start my own company. From numerological point of view my numerologist has suggested me get a new name and I want to change my name immediately. I have read your article How to change your name legally in India? (3 easy steps).

Could you please tell me, generally how many days it will take to change my name?

Thanking You,




Good question! Rohit, this is India, here things can happen at the speed of light or may move at the speed of a tortoise. Everything depends on you. How urgent is your requirement and what amount of time you are going to spend for getting your name changed. I have seen people with good social contacts; have changed their name within weeks, means within a week you can get your statement published in the official Gazette of your state.

Generally, changing your name takes involves three steps (1) Affidavit (2) Newspaper Publication (3) Gazette Notification.

Affidavit – 1 days

Newspaper Publication – 1 days

Letter to Govt. for Gazette Notification: 2 weeks

Publication in the official Gazette – 1 week after getting the order from the Government.

So overall, it may take a month (more or less) for you to change your name legally in India.

9 Responses to How many days generally it takes to change name legally in India?

  1. Reshma September 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Dear Sir,

    Am from India i want to change my name for my marriage purpose but i don’t want to publish my new name before marriage but your “Publication in the official Gazette” will publish my name wright?

    Please suggest me on this …

    Thank you

  2. najeeb April 22, 2015 at 3:16 pm #


    I am working in dubai. I’ve some question.

    1. is it necessary the presence of the person who are going to change the name in his/her
    home country?
    2. what about the certificates, do i have to change the updated name in certificates as well,
    if i have to then how it will be done ?
    3. passport , how i update ma new name in my passport and how long it takes to get affect?

  3. rajeswari December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    My daughter name is Thilagavathy @ Kiruthika. I would like to change her name to Thilagavathy because she attended the many Bank exams. Two names not entered in the application if any interview comes she get problems so please give legal information to solve this problem..

  4. Jessie April 28, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    I need to change my full name. Is that possible in Chennai, India?

  5. Anmol July 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    How much money does it take to do all these steps to change name?

  6. S.Dasthagiri Raja October 14, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    Dear sir,
    I want to change my name in all ssc, intermediate, univerdity certificates and adhaar card, pancard, passport.
    Is it possible? How many days it take

  7. Naveen August 11, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    Hi sir,
    I want to add my surname in my educational certificates, since, my 10th certificate has printed only my first name and my identity proof consists complete name (First name + surname), my all other certificates has printed only First name. Please advice me how to add surname in all my documents.

    • mamta patel September 5, 2017 at 11:11 am #

      you need not to get your name change in your educational certificates like 10th or 12th class marksheets or even for your college certificates. after changing the name legally you just need to update your all identity cards with the new name and then the procedure gets complete

  8. H.MOHAMED SAITH January 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    My name is mohamed sait , i changed my name in gazette through lawyer it taking delay for more than a month.My lawyer says it takes 2month (validity of this service) so kindly tell us how many months to get this …

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