Name change procedure, Fees & Documents Required

Gazette Name Change online in India

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

Steps Involved in Registration of Marriage


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 within 30 days from the date of application


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

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 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 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: 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 Legal Air. We will provide you with all the necessary help and assistance and make the process hassle free for you

Required Documents

  • 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 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

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Ram Sharma:
Posted on 2022-02-28 14:55:12

Hi , These guys helped me change my name to Ram Sharma, it was very smooth and well before time , i got it within 3 weeks of submission.Ms Monica was very responsive and always kept me informed about the process at every step. wish the firm the very best!!.

Amitav Panda:
Posted on 2021-02-20 15:25:36

I applied for my daughter's name change. It was a great experience with Legal Air team.

Firoj Kha:
Posted on 2021-02-20 15:24:11

Thanx Legal Air Team, for helping me for my name change process, it was great experience..

Amin Ansari:
Posted on 2021-02-20 15:20:16

Excellent service by Legal Air, so happy coz my case resolved within reasonable time and hassle free. Special thanks to Ankit (who was handling my case) for his dedication and professionalism..

Posted on 2021-02-20 15:18:44

It was a pleasure to be a client of Legal Air and to have Ms. Monika as the case manager. She always promptly responded in a very congenial way and explained the process patiently. Her warmth was a great support. I appreciate the humane side of her professional obligations..

Jayant Singh:
Posted on 2021-02-20 15:17:26

Legal Air team are very professional towords clients, I'm very glad to say that done my NAME CHANGE process very easily, thank you team.

Ashutosh Yadav:
Posted on 2021-02-20 15:16:24

I would like to share my experience of having two services from Legal Air: 1) Marriage registration 2) Name Change Both services did not take longer than normal processing time I would like to thank Ms Monika who executed the process very professionally. She was very responsive and courteous and always gave a realistic feedback of the situation..

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It is advisable that you get your marriage registered as soon as possible after solemnization of marriage. If you register your marriage within 90 days of solemnization, you are required to pay only the prescribed fee. However, if you are registering the marriage after the expiry of 90 days you will have to pay an additional late fee. The fees for marriage registration in the State of Haryana is as follows:

Timeline for the presentation of the application Fees in INR
Within 90 days of marriage 100/-
After 90 days and within one year 150/-
After one year of marriage 200/-

Your marriage is still valid, so you will have to go through the divorce process as prescribed by law.

After registration of marriage, marriage certificate is issued. The marriage certificate is the conclusive proof of your marriage The marriage certificate useful for: Applying for dependant VISA or passport Opening of joint bank account after marriage In the unfortunate circumstance of your spouse passing away without nomination, it can be used to claim deposits in bank, insurance benefits, provident fund claims, and gratuity claims etc.

Yes, absence of marriage registration does not invalidate your marriage.

You can get your marriage registered at the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (marriage officer) under whose jurisdiction (location of marriage) the marriage has been solemnised. You can also get the marriage registered at the office of the SDM within whose jurisdiction either husband or wife is residing.

You can apply for marriage registration online. After submitting your online application, a date will be fixed. You and your partner along with witnesses and all required documents will have to go to the office of the marriage officer on the fixed date to get the marriage registered. Upon registration of marriage, your marriage certificate will be issued.At Legal Air, we have a pool of Marriage Registration experts who are well versed with the process. We will make the entire process a breeze for you by taking care of all formalities. We will draft and submit your application, help you in preparation and finalization of documents, prepare draft affidavit and get it notarised, and undertake all ancillary matters related to the process of Marriage Registration for you.

The State Governments have been authorized to prescribe fees for registration of marriages. Therefore, the fees for marriage registration is different for each state.The fees for marriage registration in the State of Haryana is as follows:

Timeline for the presentation of the application Fees in INR
Within 90 days of marriage 100/-
After 90 days and within one year 150/-
After one year of marriage 200/-

Generally, you will get an appointment for registration of marriage within 10-15 days of submission of application form. On the date fixed, you and your partner along with two witnesses will be required to be present at the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate to sign documents and get the marriage registered. After registration of marriage, marriage certificate is issued on the same date. However, if required, Legal Air’s Expert will request for a date which is convenient to both you and your partner. On the fixed date, the marriage will be registered and certificate will be issued.

Marriages are registered by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of the area where the marriage took place or where either of the spouses stayed for at least six months before the marriage.

You can check the status of your marriage registration online through the website of the municipal corporation or municipal council of the district in which application has been filed. You can track the status by using the application number.

Any person who has attended the marriage and has an identity proof and a proof of residence can be present as a witness to the marriage.

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