Passport Services

Change of Name

This includes change of the name mentioned under the Given Name/ Surname section to be split separately as Surname and Given Name. A NEW PASSPORT IS ISSUED FOR 10 YEAR VALIDITY.

VFS centres  may be contacted through phone/ e-mail.  VFS centres

Following documents are required to be submitted for this services:

  • Fill in the application form online and make sure you have filled in all the columns.
  • Save the form after you have filled it; this generates a registration number, make sure you note it down as this number will be required to process your application and to answer your queries that you may have about your application.
  • After making note of the registration number, print out the form that you have filled in and saved.
  • Also sign in all the boxes provided for signatures, including the boxes for specimen signatures, making very sure that you sign within the confines of the box. No part of the signature must be outside the box.
  • Current passport and additional booklets, if any, issued subsequently.
  • Four copies of latest photographs of 4x4 cm size, one photograph to be pasted on the application form.
  • Sworn Affidavit, duly notarised by a Notary Public. Alternatively it can be attested by a Consular Official of the High Commission/ Consulate General on payment of the prescribed fee. Down load Affidavit form: Change of Name.Pdf
  • Original advertisements placed in the classifieds of a leading Indian and Australian national daily newspaper regarding change of name.
  • Copy of Visa Status document may be furnished if no valid visa is present in the current passport.
  • ECNR is issued by default for new passports. Please note that there will not be any stamp explicitly stating Emigration Check Not Required. In case applicants require ECNR to be stamped please click here
  • APPLICABLE FEE in favour of "VFS Australia Pty Ltd" for payments made in the form of bank cheque or money order.
  • Cash accepted at Counter only.
  • Courier/ postal charges as maybe applicable in case of VFS Centres. In case of postal applications a self addressed registered / express post envelope should be attached for sending the passport back after issue.
  • Note: In case the holders of a 20 year validity Passport face problems at immigration, they may apply for a new 10 Year Passport, paying applicable fees.
  • Please do not make firm travel bookings before receiving your passport.
  • Processing Time: Approx. 2 months. In some cases it may take more time.
  • Please down load the Checklist and submit it with your printed application
  • Passport form: Online Application :
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