Name Change in India: Legal Procedures

It is observed that most of the people in India want to change their names due to a many reasons. Reasons can vary as some want to do it for personal reason, some for professional issues, and some for any astrological reasons. Reasons can be any but one thing that they strongly require to know is how to do this. Not everyone knows how to change the name. There is a procedure that one needs to follow. Here is a list of things that you need to do to change your name:

At first, choose a local newspaper where you can give advertisement regarding to change of your name. You need to include your old name, new name, father’s name and residential address in the advertisement. However, most of the newspapers have a common format for this.

Then you need to get an affidavit duly attested by first class Magistrate/ Notary mentioning your full address, father’s/ husband’s name in affidavit. And if you are working with Central Govt., you can submit deed for change of name in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs O.M. No. – 190016/1/87-Estt. Dated 12.03.1987. Those who are Indians but living in abroad, they have to submit deed duly attested by the respective Indian Embassy/Indian High Commission, in original to this Department.

You need to give details on a blank sheet of paper such as (old name, new name, Father’s name, permanent address and the name of employer) and which you must sign in the presence of two witnesses and witnesses also need to sign on the same paper.

Once you completed aforementioned formalities, you need to send all these documents to “Controller of Publication, Department of Publication, of your State or you can either visit the department physically. You need to send documents such as the original advertisement published in the local newspaper, original declaration statement, attested affidavit and 2 passport size photographs & the Printing fee of gazette.

You will get the official copy of Gazette within a month of all formalities done which will be proof of your new identity. One name in this area having quality experience is what G.S Bagga is all about. Contact for more information.

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