Indian Passport - Change of Name
Follow these procedures if you want to completely change your name. You have to follow the same procedure listed here if you want to add last name or any change in first name or middle name including any spelling corrections.

While completing an online application, in the 'service desired' field, choose option 'Re-issue of Passport'.

While filling the online application, enter the 'surname' and 'given names' as per the new names you would like to appear in your new passport.

Additional Documents
For the passport application indicating the name change such as addition of last name or any change in first or middle name, the following additional documents are required:
  • A court order to change your name.

  • If you do not have a court order, the following additional documents are required:
    • Two original advertisements regarding change of name in two daily newspapers - one in the USA and the other in India - circulated in the area of your permanent residence in India and your present residence in the USA. Submit the original newspaper clippings.

    • The application is accepted only after 30 days of appearance of said notice/ads.

    • Duly notarized Sworn Affidavit for change of name.

    If the applicant carries a passport with a name which is not considered as the applicant's "real" name, the applicant would still be required to submit newspaper advertisements. Newspaper advertisements are required for a change of name as it appears on the passport even though the previously held name, which appears on other legal documents, is being changed.