How to Change Your Name Legally in India

NOTE: I am NOT a legal expert. This is just my personal experience of getting my name changed legally. Since the rules and/or procedures may have changed since when I changed my name, you are advised to refer to other sources as well. For any queries, it is recommended to approach a lawyer well-versed in these matters.

Having changed my first name legally a couple of years back, I would like to share with you the procedure to do the same. Change of name can be for reasons of personal preference, marriage, change of religion, etc. Either way, the procedure and rules remain the same. The only condition is that you must be over 18 years of age to change your own name. For minors, parents can do it on your behalf.

1. The first step is to get submit an Affidavit of Name Change in your respective District Court (e.g. Mayo Hall in Bangalore) before a Magistrate or Notary Public. The Affidavit must mention the current name and the desired new name, and may mention in brief the reason for name change. The Affidavit must be made on a Non-Judicial Stamp Paper of minimal value (say Rs. 10 or Rs. 20). An advocate can help you prepare the Affidavit in a legally appropriate format.

You may be required to attest proof of Indian citizenship with the Affidavit. Once the Affidavit is signed by the Magistrate or Notary, it comes into force immediately.

2. The next step is to publish advertisements announcing your name change in two local newspapers – one in the local official language and another in English. This is required as per law, so that if anyone has objections to your name change, they may have an opportunity to take it up with the authorities. Of course, in vast majority of cases there are no objections at all.

Name change newspaper ad

3. The third step is to publish an advertisement of your name change in the Official Gazette of your respective state (also called a Gazette Notification). For this purpose, you must approach the Government Press of your respective state and fill up the form for the same, giving details such as old and new name, address, etc. Then you must pay the prescribed fees. Your name change notification will be published in the state’s Official Gazette and you will be sent copies of the same at the address given by you.

NOTE: In case your state does not allow printing of name change in its Official Gazette, you can get your name change notification published in the Gazette of India. To do so, follow the procedure outlined here:

With the Gazette Notification, the name change is officially complete.

4. The next step is to apply for name change in all other official documents such as Passport, PAN Card, Driving License, Ration Card, etc. The above documents (copies of Affidavit, newspaper ads and Gazette Notification) should suffice as proof of name change.

NOTE: For married women applying for name change due to marriage, a copy of Marriage Certificate is enough for changing name in all Government documents. If Marriage Certificate is not available, a Joint Affidavit by husband and wife with a joint photograph declaring their marriage should be adequate.

5. Lastly, you must apply for name change in bank accounts. For this, you can submit Affidavit and Gazette Notification as proof of name change, and new Passport, PAN card, DL, etc. as proof of ID.

6. As for changing name in educational certificates, you can try if you have a lot of patience and free time. This is because getting educational certificates re-issued in new name will require lot of correspondence and paperwork with various institutions, depending on how many degrees you have! Additionally, it is not strictly necessary to have educational certificates in the new name once you start working and have professional work experience.

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Vijay PadiyarI'm a friendly guy with a witty sense of humor. I was born in Baroda, Gujarat and am currently settled in Bangalore, Karnataka. I'm a Leo by birth and certainly by character! So pick up any good book on zodiac signs, flip to the Leo section, and you'll know me rather well!View all posts by Vijay Padiyar →


  1. tinku kumartinku kumar11-10-2015

    i am so happy to your kindly information.

  2. Satya Prakash KakaniSatya Prakash Kakani11-04-2015

    Dear sir
    In some of my share certifiates my short name S.P.Kakani is appearing hence I am unable to get them dematerialized. The shares were issued before introduction of PAN card and Dmat system.
    What would be the expected cost of name change as my shares are valued Rs 15000/
    I am aged 74 and unable to move much.
    best regards

  3. Shahran siraShahran sira10-27-2015

    And sir in some of mine address proof my house number is 3480 and in some its 9/b both are same house only will this be accepted by the passport officer
    And does driving licence can be used as address proof

  4. Shahran siraShahran sira10-24-2015

    Sir i have received my gazette copy
    Now should i directly apply name change on passport or first should i apply on other document and then in passport

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar10-26-2015

      You can get the Passport updated first and then use that to update the other documents.

  5. Natrajan RamkrishnaNatrajan Ramkrishna10-17-2015

    Hey, your site was very helpful, keep up with the good work! Regards

  6. Ravi MRavi M10-14-2015

    Dear Vijay,

    Thanks for the blog. I’m a Bangalorean and I had changed my name in 2013 following all the necessary steps. I applied for the passport in the same year. But got rejected because my father’s name was mispelt in my 10th marks card which mismatched with my last name which I included during my name change process. I had to get a decree from court to change his name in the 10th marks card. I got a decree from the court this year – after two years.

    I’m applying for my passport again this month. Now my question is, in 2013 I had already submitted my Annexure E document at the passport office in Bangalore, along with all the address proof, ID Proof, Newspaper clippings etc.

    Now its been two years. Do I need to make a new ‘Annexure E’ document? Or will the passport office still have all my old docs and use the same?

    Will appreciate your response Vijay. Thanks. :)

  7. Anikesh JeeAnikesh Jee10-08-2015

    hii sir..
    I’m Anikesh Jee
    i want to update my name by Anikesh Singh
    i want some info. becoz i don’t have any knowledge about court system
    i’m persuing my from RTU 1st year

  8. jenniferjennifer10-07-2015

    Sir pl can u tell me how much does it cost totally

  9. Prasad CPrasad C10-06-2015

    Sir may I know approximately how much name change or correction process cost’s in Bangalore.

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