Name Change

Name Change Procedure Online: Affidavit, Gazette Publication

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In India, there are numerous reasons for a person to change his/her name. It could be due to marriage, for good luck, or for a new identity. The process of changing one's name is time-consuming with a lot of administrative formalities.

At MyAdvo, we will take care of all the documentation and filings, making your experience a breeze.

Steps involved in changing your name


A checklist of documents will be provided to record your details


Once you share the filled questionnaire, we will draft and share the 1) Affidavit 2) Proforma and 3) Application for publication in an official gazette


You will have to sign the documents and courier the physical copies to us along with notarised affidavit


We will place an advertisement of name change in a national newspaper


After publication of the advertisement, we will submit the application and documents for publication of name change in the official gazette, addressed to the Department of Publication, New Delhi.


Publication of your name change will be made in an official gazette in between 15 days to 50 days from the date of application


Upon publication, we will send you a copy of the official gazette


Name Change Procedure in India

The name change procedure involves the following steps: Affidavit submission, an announcement published in the newspaper and a notification published in the Gazette of India. While following these steps, the applicant will require certain documents attested by the Judicial Magistrate/Notary

Step 1: To Create The Name Change Affidavit

Make an affidavit with the help of a lawyer. This affidavit should include details such as your old name, proposed new name,the reason for the name change (marriage, legal, numerology, etc) and address. Print the affidavit on a stamp paper and get it duly signed by two witnesses. Visit a notary to notarize the affidavit

Step 2: To Place an Advertisement

Publish an advertisement about the name change in a local and a national newspaper. A sample of the advertisement is attached in the files section

Step 3: Gazette Publication - Name Change Gazette Procedure

Submit the application and documents for publication of name change in Official Gazette to Department of Publication. Publication of your name change will be made in the Official Gazette within 7 days from the application. We will track the publication on a daily basis. Upon publication, we will send you a copy of the Official Gazette through courier. The procedure to change your name seems easy but the details and intricacies can be tricky as it requires one to understand the legal procedure, as well as pay multiple visits to various government offices. If you want to change your name seamlessly, you can contact MyAdvo. We will provide you with all the necessary help and assistance and make the process hassle free for you

Name Change Documents Required

  • Advertisement in the newspaper (original and photocopy of advertisement appearing in the newspaper)
  • Affidavit for Name Change
  • Prescribed proforma for change of name. The proforma should be signed by two witnesses and the following witness details are required:
    • Full Name
    • Address
    • Mobile/ Phone No.
  • A Compact Disc (CD) that contains soft copy of the Proforma without witness details. In place of the signature, applicant’s old name is to be stated
  • A certificate stating that details of the CD and Hard copy are similar
  • Two self-attested passport size photos
  • Photocopy of identity proof of the Applicant (photocopy of any one of the following documents will suffice: Aadhar card, passport, voter ID card, PAN card, driving license)
  • Cover Letter
  • Demand Draft for payment of fees

Name Change Affidavit, Application Form & Gazette Application

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