When it comes to name change an individual has many reasons to take on a new name. They can change their name post marriage (in case of females) or take on a new name they heard doing away with their current name.
There is another possibility that a name change seeker just changes their surname and not name. Perhaps just add a new surname (as in case of many married females) or a middle name to the existing one. So, there are many possibilities.
Now all these things will fall into place only if a person follows a streamlined process of name change. It means that there are three steps that every person has to follow in order to rechristen selves. The three steps involved in the name change process are:
- Getting an affidavit published for name change
- Getting a newspaper advert published for the same
- Getting a gazette notification published
Once an individual is done with all these three steps they can easily continue with the new name that they have chosen for themselves. On the flip-side if they miss out on any of the steps then they won’t be able to change their name.
Delving deeper into the second step of the name change process i.e. getting a newspaper advert published; it is a mandatory step. One can choose any news journal of their choice and get a notice for name changed published.
There is a plethora of news journals viz. national dailies, regional papers, vernaculars, etc. that one can choose from in order to publish their notice.
Name Change ads are a kind of public announcements whose main aim is to circulate the news of an individual’s changing their name amongst the people. It therefore becomes a legal proof that will be required in future as well.
One has to produce the original newspaper clippings before the concerned authorities to get their name changed on important and essential documents viz. Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, etc. It is therefore advisable that one keeps a dozen of copies of the newspaper post (in original of course!) with them for future reference.
Such a strict and stringent process of name change is to keep a check on fraudulent people who indulge in anti-social activities in the guise of a fake identity somebody who is a non-existing individual. Scrutiny at each level therefore becomes necessary so that no individual can take advantage of opportunity and undertake activities that might harm the society.
As far as the newspaper is concerned, it is already mentioned that all newspapers provide advert space for such notices and hence one can choose any of them.
One popular news journal is The Times of India that is chosen by many for advertising needs. Hence, one can consider publishing The Times of India Name Change Classified Advertisement to provide wider reach to their notice.
Thus, it might be a bit longer to take on a new name but not difficult or impossible.