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A few inconveniences which can be caused due to name change not done :

Apply for Passport with New Name

The passport requires the husband name to be mentioned in the passport & hence a valid legal document lets the information be added easily.

Banking Account Operations (Held Jointly)

If there is a change in the last name then the same has to be mentioned in the photo id proof which is required by the bank to ensure no fraud takes place.

Can't establish relationship proof

The marriage certificate is also dependent on the legal document which is prepared by submitting an affidavit.

Inclusion of New name in Ration Card

This is especially useful when if due to any reason the family is a nuclear family to get the benefits of lesser rates on basic essentials which is offered by the government.

Change of Name :

There are not many times that we may need a name change except for a few common reasons which is known by all of us. As in every day to day transaction we require a legal document hence not having one can only cause a lot of inconvenience & wastage of your valuable time.

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A few reasons for Change of Name could be :

Change of Name after Marriage for Women

Change of name is required for various reasons for a woman post marriage specially for Indian Passport processing, Banking account operations, Endorsement of Spouse name in Passport, Inclusions of name in Ration Card, Matching of address of Ration card with the various id proofs, etc.

Change of Name after Divorce in case of a Re-Marriage

For the women to get any benefit post-divorce & in the new marriage it is important to have the last name legally changed as the previous family name would differ from the new surname.

Change of Name in Birth Certificate & School LC

A person does not remain in school all his life & moves on to take up a job either in India or abroad & with a lot of document frauds & stricter rules being followed by the companies it’s important to have a name change done on these certificates as they are asked by both private as well as government organizations.

Spelling Mistakes in Old Name

A spelling mistake in old name can be very troubling specially in family matters as it’s not possible to inform everyone of this mistake & hence usually it is seen that when the will is made by your ancestors or any of your family members gives you money in form of a cheque, the bank may not accept the same as higher amounts of more than 50,000 require a valid photo id proof hence the legal document saves you a lot of time & energy.

Change of Name of a child in case of an Adoption

Adoption is not a common practice in India but it does happen & when the child is adopted, generally his family history may be a mystery & hence during adoption the name change is required as the admission in the school becomes difficult without a valid legal document hence it’s important to change the name.

Change of name due to Numerology or Astrology

This happens a lot in the film industry & the name is the most important aspect of the person due to the celebrity status that he enjoys. All the contracts are signed with the name & requires changes to be done even in the bank accounts hence it is important to legally change the name for ease of life.

Change of Name in case of change in religion

These days cross religion marriages are very common& hence it becomes difficult to establish a relationship in between the husband & wife unless supported by a legal document & hence it is important to make the changes so that the future day to day transaction become easy.

Procedure for Online Name change in Passports

Follow the below given steps for changing your own name

Step 1 – Affidavit

Go to your local Notary and make an affidavit regarding change of your name. You have to mention therein your specific reason for changing your name. For example, you may like to change your name after marriage (especially for women), due to astrological or numerological reasons or anything. Recently, one of my friends was going to start his own company who was locally famous in his nickname, and thus he changed his name from Rishabh Agarwal to Saurav Agarwal.

Note: Here is your sample name change affidavit for reference. Tips: Make a few copies of your affidavit, and preserve the original one carefully. It’s better to scan it, and preserve its electronic copy on your external hard disk as well as on multiple computers. This affidavit can be used for changing your first or last name and also using the same, you can completely change your name (both first and last name, for example from Rishabh Agarwal to Saurav Verma).

Step 2 – Newspaper Publication

I, Sri ___________________ (old name) have changed my name from __________________ (old name) to ______________ (new name) by affidavit sworn before the Notary Public, ______________ (place) on ___________ (date). Henceforth, I shall be known as _________________ (New Name) for all purposes. ______________ (Name) and _______________ (Complete postal address). Full Signature Fill in the blanks with appropriate details and publish it in your local newspaper. Tips : You can choose any 2 local newspapers for publishing it. (No need for FrontPage coverage). Although you need only once copy but its better to get ten copies of that newspaper in which your statement is published and preserve it carefully, because it’s now a lifetime issue. It’s better to preserve both the hard and scanned copies of the newspaper.

Step 3 – Gazette Notification

Now for getting your name published in the Official Gazette of your state, for example: “The Delhi Gazette”, you need to do the following things :

1. Visit your local Government Press or the department that mobilizes Gazette notification.

2. Get 2 copies of “Deed Changing Surname Form”. (Fill this form carefully as per the instructions provided therein)

3. If possible get the phone number, or the mobile number of the person of that department who can help you for Gazette Notification.

Verification You need to send the following documents to the Secretary, Department of Commerce & Transport (Commerce), _________________ (State). Letter to the Secretary, requesting him to allow you to change your name. (Click here to view sample letter) The “Deed Changing Surname Form” 2 True copies of the newspapers in which your name change statement is published. Attested copy of the Name Change Affidavit. A print out of the statement in plain paper that you need to publish in your official Gazette. (Generally Same as your Newspaper Statement) A Copy of your current identity like your Voter Identity Card, PAN Card, Birth Certificate, School or College Certificates and etc. Tips: Get an A4 size envelope, put the above mentioned documents in it, and send it to the above Secretary, Department of Commerce & Transport (Commerce), _________________ (State). Make copies of everything and preserve them both in hard and electronic formats, for future reference.

Reference :

1. Here is your Gazette Notification Format.

2. Click here to view name change deed form.

3. Click here to view the sample letter to Secretary, Department of Commerce & Transport (Commerce), _________________ (State) Within a week, after due verification, you will get a reply letter from Secretary, Department of Commerce & Transport (Commerce), _________________ (State). Click here to view sample reply letter that was sent to me. Make a few copies of the reply letter and again visit the Govt. Press or the department that mobilizes Gazette Notification and follow the below given instructions. Show them the reply letter, and they will match it with the order than they have received from the Secretariat (of your state). Deposit the required amount for the publication. Here the amount depends on the kind of publication you want to go to (General and Extraordinary). If you go for the extraordinary one, you can get the copies of the publication within a week or two.