CHANGE OF ( MAIDEN) NAME – AFTER MARRIAGE
Legally, there are two ways to go change your name and notify relevant authorities of the same. Either submit a joint notarised affidavit or a copy of the official government gazette in which your new name is duly mentioned.
A joint notarised affidavit is a declaration made by you and your husband on stamp paper, signed by a magistrate or a notary. The declaration states that your maiden name was say, for example, Kruthi and you were married to Harsha Vardhan on November 5, 2008. Then by virtue of your marriage, your new name is Kruthi Harshavardhan and you shall be known by this name. The affidavit also carries a joint photograph of your husband and you.
A notarised affidavit, along with your marriage certificate, is enough to change your name at the bank, on your passport, on the Permanent Account Number (PAN) for income tax (IT) deductions and even on your driving license.
However, submitting a notarised affidavit can be a tedious and expensive affair every time your new name has to be recorded. More so, if the concerned departments / officials ask for the original affidavit each time!
Make your life simpler by registering your new name with your state government gazette. Collect a copy of the name change form – available free of cost – and fill in the details correctly. Attach a copy of your marriage certificate and pay a nominal fee.
The concerned officer will give you a receipt and will send four copies of the gazette carrying your name change details and a reference number to your address mentioned in the form. This procedure takes about 10 to 15 days or a month. Once the gazette copies are with you, just add the gazette copy with all your name change applications.
For your convenience and use a proforma of ANNEXURE – given below:
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
CPV DIVISION, DELHI
SPECIMEN AFFIDAVIT TO BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH APPLICATION FOR PASSPORT BY A WOMAN APPLICANT FOR CHANGE OF NAME AFTER MARRIAGE (JOINT AFFIDAVIT TO BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND)
(To be executed on non-judicial stamp paper)
We 1_________________ (maiden name of wife) 2._____________________ (name of husband)
solemnly declare and affirm as under:
1.That we are married under ___________ Marriage Act/Rights/Customs and are living together as married couple since __________(date of marriage)
2.That ______________ (maiden name of wife) would henceforth be known as _____________ (name of wife after marriage) by virtue of our marriage.
3.That our joint photograph is affixed below.
Date: Signature & address of Deponents