What is the procedure for name change and what are the consequences?


I want to change my name.My question is that If I change my then what are the problems that can arise and what is the procedure for doing that?

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Step 1 – Affidavit

Go to you 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. Make a few copies of your affidavit, and preserve the original one carefully.
Step 2 – Newspaper Publication. 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.


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