How to Change Your Name After a Marriage in India


In India, couples have three marriage ceremony options: religious and civil ceremonies and marriages conducted under the special marriage act of 1954. Special marriage is for unions between citizens living in India and those living abroad. A newlywed woman in India must take additional steps after the ceremony to legally take her husband's last name. Two methods allow a legal name change. One method is quicker and more expensive than the other.

Things You'll Need

  • Joint notarized affidavit
  • Camera
  • Marriage certificate
  • Name change form

Expensive Method

  • Fill out a joint notarized affidavit. This form is free and completed by you and your new husband. It states your maiden name and the date of your marriage. On this paper, you indicate what you want your name to be after marriage. The form must be on stamp paper, a type of document paper.

  • Take a picture of you and your husband. This photo must be attached to each affidavit you complete.

  • Take the affidavit and photo to a notary or magistrate office for notarization. Only after notarization is the affidavit legally valid. You are charged a fee for each document notarized.

  • Use your notarized affidavit to change your last name on legal documents such as your passport, driver's license and bank records.

Inexpensive Method

  • Obtain a free copy of a name change form. Fill out the form completely.

  • Attach a copy of your marriage certificate to the name change form and send to your state government gazette with a small fee. India has 28 state government gazettes distributed based on the section of India in which you live.

  • Receive four copies of the state gazette in two weeks to a month at your home address listed with your name change announcement.

  • Attach a state gazette announcement to your name change applications for your bank account, driver's license and anything else you want to change.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have more than one affidavit notarized because you may be required to have an original affidavit for each name change request you submit.

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