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Affidavit for Change of Name

              Affidavit for Change of Name 

An affidavit is a written statement from an individual which is sworn to be true. It is an oath that what the individual is saying is the truth. An affidavit is used along with witness statements to prove the truthfulness of a certain statement in court. An individual can offer an Affidavit, as long as they have the mental capacity to understand the seriousness of the oath. The contents of an affidavit reflect the personal knowledge of the individual making the statement. This means that an individual making an affidavit cannot be penalised for failing to include information of which they were not aware. knowledge can in some circumstances, include personal opinion rather than fact.

      This is a kind of affidavit that is used when a person is using more than one name without changing his or her name legally. It may also be called an affidavit of one and the Affidavit of same person, meaning the two or more names refers to one or the same person.

       Affidavit of One is usually used when you have different names on your educational documents, initials are missing, middle or last name skipped or you are using a different name without the name change affidavit.


Reasons for name change?

Reason for change on name can be carried out by following reasons:

1. Marriage

2. Divorce

3. Dislike Current Name

4. Religious Reasons

5. Political Context

6. Change of Gender

7. Identity Makeover



 What is the eligibility for changing name legally?

Changing Name is very common in India and can be adopt due to various reasons. The eligibility for Changing of Name is just that the applicant should be of 18 years or above. The Minor applicant can also change his/her name but in that case the Parents need to carry out the process on behalf of the Minor Child.


Types of Affidavit for change of name

Name Change Affidavit

The affidavit is used legally make changes in a name in each document and also for publishing the notification in the Gazette of India.

Name Change after Marriage

The affidavit can be used of by the woman applicant looking for the changes in their last name after marriage and then the same get published in other types of documents.

Name change for Minors

The affidavit requires to be filled in cases of change of name in minors. The affidavit requires to be presented by the parents or guardians. The other procedures will remain the same.

Name change on Passport

Annexure D is made for name change affidavit in passport, particularly changes with regard to the name of the woman applicant after marriage. Along these, in the event that one can make changes in last name by birth in a passport

Annexure E is made for passport name correction affidavit irrespective of whether it is major or minor change. However in the event that one will get a name changed in the passport. 


       A name correction affidavit is the best way to separate the grain from the chaff and to disown the incorrect versions of a name that might have crept in any document by error. It is important to have this affidavit created in case your name has been printed wrongly in any document because it may become difficult to prove that it is the same person being referred to, owing to the different spelling of the name. Any potential employment or educational opportunity may be at risk, if the qualifying documents carry different names/spellings because of the cautious nature adopted by the authorities to prevent impersonation

          Changing one’s name, adding initials or even just one letter is regular in India, more so than in many parts of the world. We believe in Vaastu, numerology, and it’s common for women from many communities to change their first and last names after marriage. Given how common this is, you would expect the procedure of your name change application to be fairly quick. But it is, in fact, pretty lengthy, with name change forms to be filled out and even requiring a newspaper advertisement. 


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