As per new Passport Amendment Rules 2016 dated 23.12.2016 issued by Govt of India
“(B) CHANGE OF NAME/ADDITION OF SPOUSE’s NAME IN PASSPORT ON RE-ISSUE BASIS
(I) Following marriage, remarriage or divorce:
(a) An applicant applying for re-issue of passport for incorporation of the name of his/her spouse;
(b) A woman applying for change of name/surname in existing passport due to marriage;
(c) Divorcees applying for change of name OR for deletion of spouse’s name in existing passport;
(d) Re-married applicants applying for change of name/spouse’s name in passport.
Except the details provided by the applicant (of any category mentioned above) in the application form, no
proof of marriage/dissolution of marriage (court’s order for judicial separation/decree of divorce) etc. is required.”
(II) In other circumstances for change of name, the applicant (both male and female) should furnish:
(i) clippings of two local news papers or the Gazette notification of the concerned State Government, as
the case may be;
(ii) at least two public/school documents issued in the desired/ applied changed name to ascertain that the
applicant has actually changed his name.