How to change your name on your Indian Passport? – Answered

Changing your name on your Indian passport is an easy and successful step if done correctly. It is done due to several reasons like marriage, court order and printing error among others. The process of changing the name on your Indian passport is straightforward. However, the process is time consuming and may involve several visits to the relevant Indian embassy or Indian consulate. You may also be required to pay a certain fee for changing your name on your passport.

Steps

Step 1

The first step that you need to do is to get all the legal documents that show the new name that you are using. Examples of such documents include marriage certificate, court orders of name , Gazette Notification and etc. Without these legal documents, you cannot change the name on your Indian passport. Sometimes the legal documents may be in a different language apart from English for Indians living abroad. This will require the original documents and a certified translation when being submitted.

Step 3

The second step is to determine the correct document to fill based on your situation. Many people have different reasons for changing their names on their passports. Examples are like mistake on the original passport, change of marital status among many other reasons. There are different forms available based on your reason. The time in which you were issued your current passport will also determine the form to fill. Make sure that you fill in all the relevant information on the form so that the process of issuing you with a new passport is smooth. The forms can be downloaded from the Indian embassy’s website. You can also personally visit the Indian embassy to get the forms. If you are living in India, you can visit the ministry of external affairs offices in India to get the forms. Remember to fill in the new name you would like to be put in the new passport.

Step 3

The next thing is to get new passport photos. This is because this is a requirement for passport name change. There are strict rules and requirements for passport photos. Any fault in the passport photos you submit may cause the process to take longer than usual. You should therefore purchase the passport photos from a company that understands the strict rules involved. The photos should be of high quality and the correct size.

Step 4

The next step is to confirm the fee that is required to process your request of changing your name on your Indian passport. You can use money orders or certified checks to pay for the passport processing and postage. It is important that you confirm if the method you use to pay for the process is acceptable by the Indian embassy. Once this is done, you can mail the forms to the address on the forms you filled in. Use certified and insured mail to send your forms and documents. Once you receive your new passport, ensure that it has no mistakes. You should remember that passport name changing takes a while to be completed. You should therefore consider doing it before making any traveling plans.

34 Responses to How to change your name on your Indian Passport? – Answered

  1. ramya February 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi

    I’m Ramya from Hyderabad. Actually i have two names,Ramya and Nivedita. Ramya is my nick name. but nivedita is certified. i’m married now and i would like change my name from Nivedita to Ramya mogulapalli……… could you please tel me the process

    • Gopi February 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      Hii

      1)you have to make affidavit in local coart
      2)Publish name change in local news paper and one national paper

    • k p reddy December 2, 2016 at 9:17 am #

      first u have to apply and get gezetted certificate issued by state governament in legal for name change.
      ofter that u can attach that certificate any where u want to apply,

    • bonny April 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      plz reissue the passport form website

  2. angelin babitha rachel September 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I was born in saudi they had named me as babitha rachel in my mumz passport. And later wen i renewd ma passport i got the same name but in school and collage everwer elze ma name is angelin babitha rachel.. What should i do for this ?

  3. MANISH SHARMA September 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    DEAR SIR,

    MYN NAME IS MANISH SHARMA BUT IN PASSPORT NAME IS MUNISH SHARMA SO PLS TELL US TO HOW TO CHANGE MY NAME . ALSO TELL US WHICH DOCUMNETS ARE REQUIRED.

    • Michael February 14, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

      See, if it is your mistake when you were filling the form, they will take a fee, but if it is their mistake, then there will be no fee.
      1. Go to the passport office near your locality and tell then your problem.
      2. They will give you a form, wherein you need to attach a copy of your birth certificate and copies of your self attested govt. id proofs (eg. adhaar card, driving licence, pan card)
      3. You will be issues a new passport.

  4. Poothiyottuparampil Joseph Joseph October 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    My name is Poothiyottuparampil Joseph Joseph. My passport was issued without my middle name one year before. What should i do for this?

  5. RASHMI RAJVANSHI October 22, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    passport issued but spelling mistake in my name.should be RAJVANSHI but entered in passport RAJYANSHI .What is procedure.

  6. tuttu ann sebastain November 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    i need to change my surname after my marriage .please let me know the protocol for this name change.

    • Michael February 14, 2016 at 11:49 pm #

      All you need is a affidavit, an advertisement in 2 local and 1 national newspaper and a state gazette’s letter. After that, attaching the self attested copies of the above documents will help you to change your name. And of course, you will need a marriage certificate.

  7. sufada November 14, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    my name is sufada khatoon i making passport 2005 but i m not use my passport and i want change my name jameela ansari how can i change which docoment i need ..

  8. madhav varma December 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I AM K. MADHAV VARMA. IN MY PASSPORT IT WAS PRINTED AS MADHAVA VARMA .BUT IN MY 10TH CLASS CERTIFICATE IT WAS MADHVA VARMA. IS THERE ANY PROBLEM IN VISA .IF SO WHAT SHOULD I DO .CHANGE NAME IN PASSPORT OR 10TH CLASD CERTIFICATE.

  9. swapna January 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    hi
    i am married since 3 years and would like to apply for fresh passport but since 2 months i am at my parents place as my husband is gone to singapore , so i would like to know may i apply for my passport with my previous name .

  10. google.com January 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Great article. I’m facing some of these issues as
    well..

  11. VIvek Mudgal January 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi, my name is Vivek in my metric certificate, so in passport its Vivek only. I need to apply for visa for my office purpose and in company records my name is Vivek Mudgal. Can I apply visa if my name in Passport is Vivek instead of Vivek Mudgal?

  12. Aady February 2, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    Hello,

    I want to re change my name back to my original birth name. Suffering lots with new name for interviews and not able to do further studies.

    Is it possible to change back to original birth name in Passport, Ration Card, Pan Card and Driving License?

    Please do let me know so that it wil be very helpful for my future life.

  13. udhaya March 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    sir…
    I have changed my name…. shall apply Govt competitive exams (central &state ) in my new name…..?????

  14. Sunil June 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi,

    My middle name is missing in my passport issued in 2008 from Ghaziabad. It is a mistake by the passport office. How can I get a correction in my name?? Should I apply for reissue my passport??

    Thanks

  15. Mohammad January 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    The name appears on my passport

    First/Given Name: Mohammad Alfateh Family Name:

    I want to correct it to First Name: Mohammad Family Name: Alfateh

    because the US and Canada Consulate don’t accept blank in Family name or else they put the first name in Family name. I lived in the UK for 5 years and I had the same problems, but Unlike US/Canada the laws not so strict, so I used to write my First name as Mohammad and Family name as Alfateh

    Please advise how can I change it!

  16. SIVAKUMAR May 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    HI
    MY NAME IS VENKATA SIVAKUMAR BUT IN PASSPORT NAME IS VENKAT SIVAKUMAR SO PLS TELL US TO HOW TO CHANGE MY NAME . ALSO TELL US WHICH DOCUMNETS ARE REQUIRED.

  17. shafi June 22, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    existing passport has my first name mentioned as ” mohammad shafi”, I wanted to get that changed to just ” Shafi”. Its like re moving prefix. Could you Pl suggest process that I need to follow to get that changed in new passport which is also expiring in few months. Also let me know if I changed it in passport, do i get that updated in the visa too. I have US visa valid for next 5 years or so.

    Shafi

  18. mohammed Yaqoob July 31, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    DEAR SIR
    HI MY NAME MOHAMMED YAQOOB IN MY SSC CERTIFICATE SO MY FATHER NAME YASEEN ONLY S,
    IN MY PASSORT NAME MOHAMMED YASEEN SO FOUTCHER IN ANY PARBLAM PLZ SIR TELME ANSWERS

  19. Nikhil August 18, 2015 at 3:31 am #

    I got my passport yesterday but in my passport my surname is not added so pls lemme know how could I add my surname in my passport..

  20. Megha Maulik Jani October 19, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    In my passport my wife name is wrong correct name Megha Maulik Jani instead of Megha in my passport my wife name is Medha Maulik Jani so what we have do pls.guide

  21. A.Arun Reddy November 21, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Hi.my name has been printed wrongly on my 10th CBSE certificates.my actual name is ADI REDDY ARUN REDDY but it has come like AADHI ARUN REDDY. Name correction will take nearly 2months but I want my passport asap.Can you pls help me out.

  22. Darshan December 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi
    My father name is displayed as a Surname on my passport which was issued 10 years back. Now its expired and went to passport for renewal. The authority asking me to produce a proof for the same. I explained and this is my father name and showed the proof for father name but he refused. Could you pls help me out?

  23. Pabla January 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Hi,

    I want to add my surname in the passport. So far I have used single name in all my documents (including my degrees, driving license,pan card,passport).
    I am planning to apply for Canadian Immigration. Now in case if I make such a change. Then how can it impact my application? Do I need to make changes in all the documents (including marksheets etc.)
    Else, Can I go ahead with only single name in my passport ?

  24. prasad reddy January 30, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    I AM M. PRASAD REDDY IN MY PASSPORT IT WAS PRINTED AS M. PRASADA RAO .BUT IN MY ADHAR CARD, DRIVING LICENCE, PAN CARD IT WAS M. PRASAD REDDY CHANGE NAME IN PASSPORT.

    PLEASE ADVISE HOW CAN I CAHGNE IT.

  25. Arunakiry April 20, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    my father’s name is misspelled in my old passport. since i am going to renew my passport, i would like to change the spelling of my father’s name .
    what are the formalities and the papers needed to do it effectively?

  26. Geeta Basker May 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    Hello Sir,

    My name in Aadhar Card and Pan Card is MAHESHWARI, though my school certificate which was considered as age proof has the name as V MAHESWARI. However, my passport is printed with the name as MAHESWARI.
    There is the second ‘H’ missing from my name. Is this necessary to be rectified? What is the process to be followed? and How much time this will take?

  27. John May 17, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    Hi
    My name is John and I am trying to apply for fress passport. I am so confused of my name weather to put the tittle or not, my friend says that I cannot write the tittle in short it has to be in full expansion name e.g my name is H John but in passport application it has to be in Heni John it says whereas my name in all my schooling certificates and other documents is H john, Father name as M Heni and Mother name as S Solomi. I want to omiit the tittle(h) H John And change my name to John East was it possible to change my name? If yes do I have to change all my schools certificate and other documents and plz tell me the procedure too.
    Thank you

  28. SUNIL SINGH June 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    MY NAME IS HIMANSHU SINGH BUT IN PASSPORT NAME IS HIMANSU SINGH SO PLS TELL US TO HOW TO CHANGE MY NAME . ALSO TELL US WHICH DOCUMNETS ARE REQUIRED.

    REPLY

  29. sahil June 28, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    I have indian passport by name sohil name from 2007, i had not use this passport, now i want to change my name in my passport like my pancard, aadhar, birth certificate, resident certificate , so plz suggest me is it legally possible or not

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