How to Legally Change Your Name and Gender in India

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Thankfully, transgender people in India can now legally change their name and gender. While there’s info on the internet about this, most sources aren’t exhaustive. We’ve tried our best to give as much information as we can about the process so have a look and tell us what you think.
There are three steps to changing your gender and name legally. 

  1. Getting an affidavit  Any notary should be able to provide you with an affidavit name and gender change. The charges are around 300 rupees. 
  2. Publishing a newspaper advertisement  You can choose any newspaper you wish to place an ad and copy of your affidavit. Sites such as www.releasemyad.com will allow you to do this online. If you don’t want to be too public about what you’re doing, go for a newspaper that isn’t popular. It’ll ensure your actions are discreet and save you a few rupees. The ad you put on the newspaper will cost you between 300-500 rupees. 
  3. Gazette Notice  The third step you will need to take is to notify the name and gender change in the gazette. The gazette is similar to a magazine but it’s the official one that belongs to the government. Central and State governments each have their own gazettes. Even though you can make your notification on either one, governmental institutions recommend that you do it in the Gazette of India. 
    Public notices and advertisements from private individuals will appear on part IV of the Gazette of India. You will not need to do any treatments or surgery to make the name and gender change. This is after the NALSA judgment of the Supreme Court. Below is what you’ll need to submit for the gazette notification.
  • In step one, you will require a copy of the notarized affidavit for name and gender change.
  • A signed undertaking from the applicant
  • The original newspaper
  • Duplicates of the proforma with signatures of the applicant and two witnesses
  • C.D with the print copy without the witness part in MS word. Type out your name rather than singing the document
  • Two passport size photos of yourself and a photocopy of your ID
  • A certificate signed by the applicant confirming that the contents of the soft and hard copy are similar
  • Request letter together with the applicable fees of Rs. 1400 if you’re submitting the application physically. If you’re sending it through courier/post, you can demand draft in favor of the Controller of Publications, Delhi. 
  • Medical document photocopy (attested GD or SRS certificates)
  • If you had SRS, you can attach the specimen proforma regarding the change of sex. This step isn’t mandatory.

It is better to hand in your applications physically rather than by courier so that it takes faster to process. Once you have completed all the steps above, you can now proceed to change other documents such as your ID, Aadhaar, Company ID, your Voters Card, among others.

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