• Explain the change in name process
    The different scenarios of Name Change.
    1. When a person adopts a name different from their birth name (name since birth).
    2. When a person re-arranges their current name.
    3. When a person changes name on account of divorce.
    4. When the Surname field is blank on passport and full name is written in the Given Name field and the applicant wants to split his Given Name and add the surname to the passport.
    5. When a person changes name from Maiden to Married.
    6. When a person wants to add Spouse's Surname to Maiden Surname.
    1. When a person adopts a name different from their birth name (name since birth)

    2. For example:

      Complete change in name
      Amit Sharma to Raj Kumar

      It is very important that you apply for your Passport on the CKGS website ONLY at https://passport.in.ckgs.us/ and follow the process as defined.

      Once you have changed your name, it is advisable to have your name changed on your passport as well.
      • You must apply for a "Re-issue" of passport
      • In circumstances (other than marriage, remarriage or divorce) for change of name, the applicant (both male and female) should furnish the following documents:
        1. Clippings of two local newspapers (one local US and one local Indian) or the Gazette notification of the concerned State Government, as the case may be
        2. At least two public/school documents issued in the desired/applied changed name to ascertain that the applicant has actually changed his/her name

      Selection of Passport Service

      On the Passport Application - Get Started Page, under ‘Choose your miscellaneous services’ please select ‘Do you want to change your name?’



      Full Passport Application Process

      To understand the full process, please follow the below steps in sequential order:

      Step 1
      Passport Application Guide
      Step 2
      Passport Application – Get Started

    3. When a person who re-arranges their current name

    4. For example:

      Re-arranging the current name
      Amit Kumar Sharma to Amit Sharma Kumar

      It is very important that you apply for your Passport on the CKGS website ONLY at https://passport.in.ckgs.us/ and follow the process as defined.

      Once you have changed your name, it is advisable to have your name changed on your passport as well.
      • You must apply for a "Re-issue" of passport
      • In circumstances (other than marriage, remarriage or divorce) for change of name, the applicant (both male and female) should furnish the following documents:
        1. Clippings of two local newspapers (one local US and one local Indian) or the Gazette notification of the concerned State Government, as the case may be
        2. At least two public/school documents issued in the desired/applied changed name to ascertain that the applicant has actually changed his/her name

      Selection of Passport Service

      On the Passport Application - Get Started Page, under ‘Choose your miscellaneous services’ please select ‘Do you want to change your name?’



      Full Passport Application Process

      To understand the full process, please follow the below steps in sequential order:

      Step 1
      Passport Application Guide
      Step 2
      Passport Application – Get Started

    5. When a person changes name on account of divorce

    6. For example:

      Change of Name after Divorce
      Ritu Kumar to Ritu Sharma
      Ritu Sharma - Kumar to Ritu Sharma

      It is very important that you apply for your Passport on the CKGS website ONLY at https://passport.in.ckgs.us/ and follow the process as defined.
      Once you have changed your name, it is advisable to have your name changed on your passport as well.
      • You must apply for a "Re-issue" of passport if there is a change in name on account of divorce.

      Step 1 Selection of Passport Service

      On the Passport Application - Get Started Page, please select the option ‘Divorced’ for the question "Please select your 'Marital Status"



      Step 2 Removal of Spouse’s Name

      Then, select "Deletion of Spouse name after Divorce" on the widget:



      Step 3 Change your Name

      On the Passport Application - Get Started Page, under ‘Choose your miscellaneous services’ for the question ‘Do you want to change your name?’



      Full Passport Application Process

      To understand the full process, please follow the below steps in sequential order:

      Step 1
      Passport Application Guide
      Step 2
      Passport Application – Get Started

    7. When the Surname field is blank on passport and full name is written in the Given Name field and the applicant wants to split his Given Name and add the surname to the passport.

    8. Eg:
      Current Passport

      Given Name
      Surname
      Amit KartikKumar
      Blank

      Expected in New Passport

      Given Name
      Surname
      Amit Kartik
      Kumar

      It is very important that you apply for your Passport on the CKGS website ONLY at https://passport.in.ckgs.us/ and follow the process as defined.
      If the surname field is blank and the full name (first and last name) is written in the given name field, then to move/add the last name in the ‘Surname’ field, you will have to produce a Duly Notarized Deedpoll Sworn Affidavit for split of name.

      Selection of Passport Service

      On the Passport Application - Get Started Page, under ‘Choose your miscellaneous services’ please select ‘Do you want to split your name?’



      Full Passport Application Process

      To understand the full process, please follow the below steps in sequential order:

      Step 1
      Passport Application Guide
      Step 2
      Passport Application – Get Started

    9. When a person changes name from Maiden to Married
    10. When a person (traditionally the wife) assumes the family name of the spouse after marriage, is known as maiden to married change in name.

      For example:

      Maiden name
      Maiden name
      Ritu Sharma
      Ritu Thakur

      Please Note: In this case, only the last name can be changed. If the first name also changes along with the last name, then the applicant needs to follow the process of complete name change.
      It is very important that you apply for your Passport on the CKGS website ONLY at https://passport.in.ckgs.us/ and follow the process as defined.

      Step 1 Selection of Passport Service

      On the Passport Application - Get Started Page, please select the following options:
      • Select ‘Married’ for the question "Please select your Marital Status"




      Step 2 Addition of Spouse’s Name

      Then, below the box ‘Choose Your Passport Service’, you can choose to endorse your spouse’s name on your passport or opt for no changes.

      Full Passport Application Process

      To understand the full process, please follow the below steps in sequential order:

      Step 1
      Passport Application Guide
      Step 2
      Passport Application – Get Started





    11. When a person wants to add a split/ hyphenated name after Marriage
    12. When a person (traditionally the wife) wants to add the family name of the spouse after marriage.

      For example:

      Maiden name
      Maiden name
      Ritu Sharma
      Ritu Sharma - Thakur

      Please Note: In this case, only the last name can be changed. If the first name also changes along with the last name, then the applicant needs to follow the process of complete name change.

      It is very important that you apply for your Passport on the CKGS website ONLY at https://passport.in.ckgs.us/ and follow the process as defined.

      Step 1 Selection of Passport Service

      On the Passport Application - Get Started Page, please select the following options:
      • Select ‘Married’ for the question "Please select your Marital Status"




      Step 2 Addition of Spouse’s Name

      Then, below the box ‘Choose Your Passport Service’, you can choose to endorse your spouse’s name on your passport or opt for no changes.



      Full Passport Application Process

      To understand the full process, please follow the below steps in sequential order:

      Step 1
      Passport Application Guide
      Step 2
      Passport Application – Get Started
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  • Explain Maiden to Married change in name?