Your Step-by-Step Handbook for Birth Certificate Name Changes in India

by  Adv. Praneeth GN  




7 mins


Mastering Birth Certificate Name Changes in India

Changing your name on a birth certificate in India is a process that requires careful attention to detail and adherence to specific procedures. This guide provides a thorough overview of the steps involved, the importance of a birth certificate, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Understanding the Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is a vital legal document that records the birth details of a person. It is essential for various purposes like school admissions, job applications, passport issuance, and more. In India, birth certificates are issued by the Municipal Corporation or Gram Panchayat, depending on the location of birth.

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Why Change Your Name on a Birth Certificate?

Reasons for changing a name on a birth certificate can vary:

  • Marriage or divorce
  • Personal preference or dislike of current name
  • Legal or identity reasons
  • Adoption or change in parental status

Step-by-Step Process for Name Change

Step 1: Obtain the Necessary Forms

  • Visit the Municipal Corporation Office or Gram Panchayat where the birth was registered.
  • Request a ‘Birth Certificate Update/Correction Form’.

Step 2: Prepare an Affidavit

  • Contact a local notary to create an affidavit.
  • The affidavit should state the current name, desired new name, and reason for the change.
  • Use a non-judicial stamp paper of minimal value for the affidavit.

Step 3: Submit the Correction Form

  • Fill out the correction form accurately.
  • Attach the affidavit and submit it to the respective authority (Municipal Corporation or District Court).

Step 4: Newspaper Advertisement

  • Publish an announcement in two newspapers: one in a local language and another in English.
  • The advertisement should declare the name change.

Step 5: Gazette Notification

  • Apply for name change publication in the state’s Official Gazette.
  • Submit required documents like the newspaper advertisement, affidavit, and a passport-size photo.
  • Pay the applicable fees (around Rs. 700 – Rs. 900).

Step 6: Follow-up and Verification

  • After submitting the application, follow up with the municipal authority.
  • The process may involve verification of documents and police verification if the birth was not registered within 21 days of occurrence.

Step 7: Receive the Updated Birth Certificate

  • The updated birth certificate will be sent to your address or can be collected from the office.

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Documents Required for Birth Certificate Name Change

  • Affidavit for name change
  • Old birth certificate
  • Proof of residence
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Copies of newspaper advertisements

Fees and Processing Time

  • The process costs around Rs. 1000, excluding newspaper advertisement rates.
  • The entire procedure can take up to a month, with the Gazette notification taking about 14 days.

State-Specific Websites for Birth Certificate Name Changes in India

The process and regulations for modifying birth certificate details vary across different states in India. To ensure you’re following the correct procedure for your specific region, we recommend visiting the websites listed below. 

These sites provide comprehensive instructions and necessary forms for applying for a birth certificate name change. Please select the website corresponding to your state of residence to access the relevant information and guidelines:

Arunachal PradeshItanagar Municipal Corporation
Andhra, Meeseva, Civil Registration System
GoaGovernment of Goa
Jammu and
OdishaOdisha One
PunjabGovernment of Punjab
RajasthanRajasthan Civil Registration System
TelanganaTelangana MeeSeva Portal
West, West Bengal e-District
Daman and
DelhiGovt. of NCT of Delhi),

Importance of a Birth Certificate

  • Establishes legal identity and citizenship.
  • Required for educational, employment, and legal purposes.
  • Essential for obtaining other official documents like passports and driver’s licenses.

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Changing Parental Names in Birth Certificates

In cases of adoption or changes in parental status, similar procedures apply for changing the parent’s name on a birth certificate. This may require additional legal steps like adoption registration and court orders.

Online Correction Options

Some states offer online services for birth certificate corrections. Check your state government’s website for specific procedures and forms.

FAQs on Birth Certificate Name Changes in India

Q1. Can I change my name on the birth certificate more than once?
Ans1. Generally, you can change the information on your birth certificate only once, so it’s crucial to ensure accuracy.

Q2. How long does the name change process take?
Ans2. The entire process, including Gazette notification, can take up to a month.

Q3. Do I need to update my passport after changing my name on the birth certificate?
Ans3. Yes, you should update all personal documents, including passports, to reflect your new name.

Q4. Is an affidavit mandatory for a name change?
Ans4. Yes, an affidavit is a crucial document that legally supports your name change.

Q5. Can the names on my passport and birth certificate be different?
Ans5. No, the names on your passport and birth certificate should match. If they differ due to a name change, you must update these documents accordingly.


Changing your name on a birth certificate in India is a detailed process that requires careful documentation and adherence to legal procedures. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure a smooth and successful name change on your birth certificate. Remember, this document is a cornerstone of your legal identity, so it’s essential to keep it updated and accurate.

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Adv. Praneeth GN

Adv. Praneeth GN


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Praneeth GN is a legal consultant who prioritises ethical and professional conduct. He graduated with (B.A. and LL.B) from the K.L.E. Society Law College. With more than 8 years of experience in handling legal cases independently. He has the potential to understand and explain complicated legal words in simple terms to clients.

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