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Can I get a passport if the name on my birth certificate does not match the name on my drivers license and social secrity card?

by Tim
(Washington)

Question: The last name on my birth certificate is different than the name I use on all of my legal documentation. I have used the last name of my step-father since I was a small baby, although this is not the name on my birth certificate. Currently my social security card, driver's license, military records, bank accounts and so forth are all under this last name. I need a passport, but do not want it made out for the name on my birth certificate since this is not the name I am known by. How do I apply for one?


Answer: The most effective way would be to legally change your name through a court order. Name Changes are filed in District Court, in the county where you reside. You will need to contact the District Court in the county where you reside in order to obtain the needed forms.

Washington County Court Listing

The fees for a legal name change vary depending upon the county and possibly on the number of persons named on the Petition. Contact your county's district court for this information.

Once the Petition has been completed, the case will be presented to a judge for approval and signature. This usually happens either the same day or the next day.

Once the name change has been approved, you can request to have your name changed on your birth certificate. If you were born in Washington State, you need to send certified copies of all the completed paperwork to:

Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709

If you prefer not to change your name through a court order, then you must submit 1) Form DS-60 Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name and 2) at least three early public records.

Note, the U.S. Department of State Passport Services has final say concerning which name is entered in your passport in this case. They can choose to enter the name on your birth certificate even if you prove the use of another name.

An Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name must be submitted with an application for a U.S. passport when the name which is used by the applicant is substantially different from that shown on the evidence of citizenship.

The person who completes the form should preferably be a blood relative and must have personal knowledge of the your use of both names.

Download Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name

To support a change of name that has been adapted without formal court proceedings or by a marriage, you must present three or more public documents showing exclusive use of the name for at least five years.

Early public records include but are not limited to the following.

* Baptismal certificate
* Census record
* Early school record
* Family bible record
* Doctor's record of post-natal care

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Double life?
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate lists that my name is "Ivette," however, for as I long as I can remember my name is and has always been "Yvette," with my state ID and SS card concurring as well. I am in the midst of applying for a new passport, will this be an issue?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Last name changed when I was a kid
by: Anonymous

Question: My last name was changed by my mom when I was real young. So the last name on my birth certificate is different than what I have been using for the last 30 or so years. All early records were in my original last name and not my current last name. Is there anyway I can get a passport with my current last name on it?

Answer: In order to get a passport in your current name, you either need to obtain a court order name change or submit multiple documents which show exclusive use of the name for a period of more than 5 years.

Hyphenated
by: Anonymous

Question: My fiancé has a hyphenated last name on his birth certificate. Although he has only gone by one of those last names on his social security card and driver's license. Does he have to use the hyphenated name on his passport or can he drop the last name he doesn't use and use the one he always has?

Answer: A passport is generally issued in the name on the passport application as long as it is supported by citizenship and/or identification documents. Your fiancé should be able to obtain a passport with the single last name.

Birth certificate missing middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I am adopted by a father. Same mother. When she married him she left my middle name off my new birth certificate. I just obtained a copy. However, all my legal ID, drivers, SS card and even my very expired passport all have my middle name. I would just submit my old passport with the documents, but the back was stamped when I was married with a name change. Which then means I need to send in legal name divorce papers and it seems insane. Advice please?

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to discuss your situation with a customer service representative.

First name abbreviated
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello my name is Jean Pierre on my certificate of naturalization. Can I put may name on passport form as J.P.? Under what forms I can put my name?

Answer: It is preferred that the full name be shown on the passport; however, you may use the initials instead of the full given names that are on your Certificate of Naturalization. In order to do this, your identification documentation must reflect the use of the initials. The application form for a new passport is DS-11.

Spelling on name question -
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, question I wish to apply for a passport but my birth certificate says Lisa for my first name spelling. However, since I was a child, the name spelling has been Leesa as it says on my state ID, Sociai Security Card and all my other documents, bills, credit cards, etc. Will there be a problem? It is the same name but spelling differs.

Answer: According to the Foreign Affair Manual Volume 7 1316 Appendix C Minfor Differences in Name, "an applicant may change the spelling of the given names or surname if the new spelling is pronounced the same way."

The passport is usually issued in the name that is requested on the application form as long as it is supported by either citizenship or identification documents.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. The name on my naturalization certificate is Jon White Doe; On my ID the name is Jon Ben White Green Doe, so 2 of my middle names are not included. Would that be an issue when applying for a first-time passport and if not, which name should I include in the application please?

Answer: A passport is usually issued in the name that is requested on the application form as long as it is supported by either citizenship or identification document. You do not have to include all your middle names.

Different spelling of middle name
by: Gwen

Question: My middle name is not spelled the same as on my birth certificate. My entire life I have spelled it differently. What is the best way to obtain my passport without a problem? Thank you.

Answer: Spell it the same as on your primary identification or apply for the
passport without your middle name. You can also amend yoru birth certificate and re apply within a year for a name change 5504.

Last name missing a letter on my birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: My last name on my birth certificate is spelled Rogers but all my other documents such as driver license, social security card, medical cards, bank Statements is spelled Rodgers. Can i still obtain a passport without having any travel issues with other countries.. Etc

Answer: According to the Foreign Affair Manual Volume 7 1316 Appendix C Minfor Differences in Name, "an applicant may change the spelling of the given names or surname if the new spelling is pronounced the same way."

As far as travel goes, it should not be a problem. Rarely is there a need to show any documentation other than your passport.

Name on birth certificate is different then how I've been spelling my name for 40years
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm trying to obtain a passport for travel, however in order to do that I need to get an official copy of my birth certificate. I can't obtain my b/c because the spelling of my name on all of my official documentation is different then the way my name is spelled on my b/c. According to the State the spelling on my form of payment, ID, and birth certificate all need to match, and it doesn't. What is it that I need to do?

Answer: If you are unable to obtain primary evidence of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate), you may be able to submit secondary evidence of citizenship. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative about this issue.

First initial /middle name question
by: Anonymous

Question: All my documents (DL, SS card, passport) are with first initial and middle name except my birth certificate which lists both first and last name. I have never had a problem but I am just checking before I apply for some travel visas. I only go by my middle name but sign with first initial, middle name, last name.

Answer: This should not be a problem. However, we recommend you contact the embassies of the countries from which you want to obtain visas to confirm.

Which name will be on my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate has my last name hyphenated but my social security card and license have both last names without the hyphen. I want my passport to match my ss card and license. If I were to apply for a passport will the passport agency use my hyphenated last name or the unhyphenated last names as it is on my ss card and license?

Answer: Passport Services usually issues the passport in the name requested on the application form as long as it is supported by the citizenship and identification documents. However, a Passport Agent will determine the proper selection and sequence of names to be written in your passport.

List of Public Documents Requested
by: Anonymous

Question: Both my husband and I are applying for our passports for the first time. We sent them in and received replies asking for more information regarding name changes. My name was changed during a divorce, one line on the court form. I have the divorce decree, but it does not have the name change section included. My husband was "baby smith" for three days and then his birth certificate as amended to show his first name. The State Department is asking us both for proof of name change. My question is, where can I find a list of the "public documents which show use of this name for at least five years". I don't know what documents they want.

Answer: Probably the easiest and most definitive solution would be for each of you to petition for a name change court order at the county court. You can submit multiple identification documents that show exclusive use of a name for a period of more than five years. You can find a downloadable document that list acceptable documents here.

Can I get a passport if my last name is different on my social Security
by: Anonymous

Question: I changed my last name on my Birth Certificate but I have not change my social security card. I already applied to get my passport. Do you think I will get it with no problem because I have not changed my last name on my Social Security card?

Answer: You can check the status of your passport application here. Call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative about the acceptability of your supporting documents.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: Recently, my husband legally changed his last name to his biological father's last name before we got married. He also changed it with the SSA and his ID. We are first time applicants for new passports. My question is, can he apply with his original birth certificate and bring the original document showing his new last name, or does he have to send out for a corrected birth certificate first?

Answer: Neither a driver's license nor a SS card are acceptable as evidence of a legal name change. Your husband must first apply for a corrected birth certificate.

Quick Question
by: Marle

Question: I need to get a passport for a cruise. My Birth certificate name is 6 names long. On my social security card and State ID plus all other records states the abbr. (acronym) name of Marle. Does that matter? Will I have to jump through hoops to get a passport? Thank you.

Answer: If there are conflicts between the names shown on the application and the evidence of citizenship and identity, the applicant must provide a court order or documents to support the name change.

While first and middle initials are allowed, there is no rule concerning the use acronyms. Please submit multiple documents which show the use of the name for a period of 5 years or more. Include a brief, written explanation.

Note, you still may be required to submit a court order to use the acronym rather than one of your given names. If this is required, you will be notified. If you prefer not to take the risk, you can petition for the court order before you apply for a passport.

Name discrepancy
by: Anonymous

Question: My first name on my birth certificate is cristobal which in translates to Christopher. All my legal documents say Christopher. Will this be a problem when applying for a passport?

Answer: It may be. Please submit at least 5 documents with your application form that show use of Christopher for 5 years or more. You can find a list of acceptable documents here. Even, then you may be required to submit more documents or a court order. Passport Services will contact you if this is required. Please review the complete list of requirements to get a new passport.

Name doesn't match all documents
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate has my birth name and my driver's license has my current name. Will that matter?

Answer: Yes, it will. You will need to submit documents that demonstrate the connection between the two names. This can be an original or certified copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption decree or name change court order.

Hyphenated last name
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate has my paternal and maternal last names joined by a hyphen. All of my documentation (ss card, license, and passport) have both of the last names but without the hyphen. Should I change my passport and add the hyphen?

Answer: Is is not necessary to change your passport.

Kid's Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a naturalized US citizen. I applied for my 10-years-old son's passport but I have been requested to provide public record since his birth certificate was obtained 8 years after his birth. He was born in a foreign country. Fortunately for me, I found his older birth certificate which I thought was missing. It was issued 3 months after his birth. The only problem is that there are some discrepancies in his names. I will used a fictitious name here: The old certificate has John Sam William II while the newer certificate has John William Jr. The birth date on both are the same and my information is the same on both. I just forwarded the old birth certificate this week. Will they be able to grant the kid's passport with these discrepancies? Just to note, my wife and I also summited DS-60 form. Thanks.

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to discuss this with a customer service representative.

Birth Certificate vs SSN suffix
by: Yesenia

Question: My boyfriend's SS card has Jr. in the end but his birth certificate does not. Come to find out, he's not an actual junior since he and his father do not share the same middle name. With that stated, can we apply for his passport without the (incorrect) suffix?

Answer: It is best not to include the suffix since it is not on your boyfriend's birth certificate. It is not necessary to present his SS card. You only need to enter the SS number on the application form. For a complete list of requirements, click here.

Help!
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently submitted my application for a passport. My father has two middle names and I realized I put a different one on my application than is listed on my birth certificate. Are they going to deny me even though all of my own personal information matches up?

Answer: You may receive a request for additional documents to substantiate the name you requested on your passport application. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

The first name on my birth certificate is one letter off
by: Anonymous

Question: The first name on my birth certificate is Diana. Everything else I own has Diane. I recently applied for a passport and am little nervous because I sent in a copy of my Social Security card, driver's license. work ID and utility bill all with the spelling of Diane. Will I be denied?

Answer: Names with a difference of only one letter are usually accepted.

Help!
by: Anonymous

Question: I lost my passport and am reapplying for a new one. The name on my birth certificate is the name I was born with, my maiden name. All of my legal information now is in my married name. How will this affect my ability to get a passport that matches my current legal name?

Answer: When you apply for your passport, submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate with the other supporting documents. You will find a list of requirements here.

help
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport if my birth certificate has the wrong gender?

Answer: Submit the birth certificate with a letter of explanation about the error. You may also want to submit a letter from your physician as verification. Alternatively, you may want to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate and submit that so that you can submit the orginal to be amended simultaneously.

name
by: Anonymous

Question: My boyfriend needs his passport asap but his birth certificate has his name spelled as Jermey. His ID, ssc and everything else is Jeremy. Would there be a problem getting his passport?

Answer: The one letter difference should not be an issue. If he applies at a local application acceptance facility, he should confirm this with the Acceptance Agent. If he applies at a regional agency, have the agent confirm its acceptability.

Which name will appear on my passport?
by: Amy

Question: Will my birth name be used on my passport or my married name? All documents other than birth certificate say my current married name. I'm purchasing flight tix and want to know which will be used. Thank you.

Answer: Generally, the name you request on the application is the name that will be written on the passport. The name must be one that best identifies you as reflected in the citizenship and identity documentation you submit.

social security card name difference
by: Anonymous

Question: I applied for my passport today and I didn't think about this til after cause I didn't need to show my ss card but my last name on my ss card is still my maiden name (same as my birth certificate) but different from my license. Is this going to affect me getting my passport? I need it at the end of March because I have a trip to Jamaica. Please help. I'm so worried now.

Answer: It should not affect the processing of your passport application.


Last name different on birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I have never used the last name that is on my birth certificate. It is different than the last name on my drivers license and my social security card. I was married for 18 years and went back to my maiden name 5 years ago. This is the last name that I am legally given by my birth mother and stepfather. I was told there was an "adoption" but I have no record of any paperwork that shows and my birth certificate was never changed. What do I do?

Answer: If you were not officially adopted and have no amended birth certificate, we recommend you file a Petition for a Name Change. Once completed, you will have a court order that serves as primary evidence of a legal name change.

Birth Certificate and SS name discrepancy
by: Anonymous

Question: My social security has my name as Ieasha and I've found out my Birth Certificate has Iesha. My state ID has Ieasha as well but all other documents such as diplomas, medical records etc have Ieasha. I need my passport ASAP for a teaching abroad program but I've never had a passport before. I wrote Iesha on the application form but will my application be denied because of the spelling?

Answer: Small difference in name are usually accepted, especially if they are supported by evidence of U.S. citizenship and/or proof of identity. You can check the status of your application form here.

my first name on the birth certificate doesn't match my license
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate shows my first name as Suzan, my I've always used Susan on all documents and Ids. Well this be a problem getting a passport? Which name will they issue the passport under?

Answer: A passport is usually issued in the name requested on the application form as long as it is supported by citizenship and/or identification documents.

Birth certificate and social secruity card does not match
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport if my name on my birth certificate and Social secruity card does not match? My dl and birth certificate match but I just recently noticed that my social secruity card has my middle name as my first name a middle initial and my last name. (Example: First: Apple Middle: Mary June Casey Last: Nelson but my SS card has First: Casey Middle: J Last: Nelson) What should I do?

Answer: It should not be a problem when submitting your passport application. We recommend you request a name change on your Social Security card.

Obtaining a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: On my birth certificate, my name is Stevie. On my drivers license, social security card, military records and all other official documents it's spelled Steven. Will this be a problem to obtain a passport? I have used Steven for over 30 years.

Answer: According to 7 FAM 1316 Appendix C Minor Differences in Name, a passport may be issued in an applicant’s nickname or formal name if it is a common derivative of the given name shown on the citizenship evidence (for example, Jim for James, Susan for Sue). The Acceptance Agent where you apply will determine the best name to include in your passport. The passport generally is issued in the name shown on the evidence of
citizenship and identity.

Passport name issues
by: Anonymous

Question: My driver's license and social security card have my correct last name on them. My birth certificate was not changed (I have no idea how that happened). So, the names on my license and birth certificate are different. Can I still get a passport with this mistake? I do have court ordered papers to get my last name changed but it was never done. Please help.

Answer: If you want a passport that has a name other than the one on your birth certificate, you will be required to submit evidence of a legal name change such as a court order. That is the easiest and most efficient method.

You can request the use of a name other than the one in your passport if you have used the name exclusively for more than 5 years. In this case, you would need to submit at least 5 document to substantiate your claim. For a list of acceptable documents, download Acceptable Forms of Personal Identification Documents for Passport Purposes.

Note, it is very common in such cases for Passport Services to request more documents so your process may be delayed longer than the normal 4-6 weeks it takes to process an application.

Birth Certificate and Drivers License Different.
by: Anonymous

Question: My boyfriend's name is incorrect on his birth certificate (Erik) but spelled correctly on his driver's license and social security card (Erick). Will this be an issue if he tries to apply for a passport?

Answer: This should not be an issue. According to 7 FAM 1316 APPENDIX C MINOR DIFFERENCES IN NAMES, an applicant may change the spelling of the given names or surname if the new spelling is pronounced the same way.

Different last name
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm going on a cruise to the Caymen Islands. A passport is not required. My last name on my birth certificate does not match the name on my drivers license or social security card. Can I still use the documents to board the ship?

Answer: Please contact the cruise line for information about required travel documents.

Using first initial and full middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: For 30 years, I have never used my legal first name. I drop my first name to the initial and am known by my full middle name. For example, Mary Jane Smith, I would go by M. Jane Smith. My driver's license and banking info says M. Jane Smith. On applications, I usually have to enter the initial and middle name in the First Name block. Can I fill out my passport application in this format? Thank you.

Answer: Yes, you can use just the intital of your first name in your passport.

help
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I still get a passport even though the name on my birth certificate doesn't match my ID because I got married?

Answer: Yes, you can get a passport.

first and middle names switched.
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport if my drivers license and social security card have the first name and middle name switched around from the way it is on my birth certificate?

Answer: This should not be a problem. As long as the name you request be in your passport is the same as that which is on the citizenship and/or identification documents, it should be accepted.

Middle name issue
by: Anonymous

Question: I am applying for my passport but my middle name on my birth certificate is spelled different by one letter versus my driver’s license. If I am use the birth certificate spelling on my passport will this create an issue/denial?

Answer: It should not be a problem. You can confirm this with the acceptance agent at the location where you submit your passport application.

passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get passport if the middle name of my birth certificate does not match with the surname of my mother when she was single?

Answer: What matters is that the name you request on your passport application matches the name on your birth certificate.

First Name Different on Birth Certificate and Driver's License
by: Anonymous

Question: How can I get a passport if the first name on my driver's license and social security card is different from the first name on my birth certificate? I have never had a passport before.

Answer: In order to obtain a new passport, you need to submit both evidence of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate) and proof of identity (i.e., valid driver's license). If the names on these two documents do not match, you must submit evidence of a legal name change.

First name on passport different from name on birth ceritifcate
by: Anonymous

Question: My family and I are planning to take a cruise. My wife's first name is Allison with two "LL"s. That is how it is spelled on her passport and legal IDs etc. We recently discovered that her birth certificate, from 1970, has her named spelled with only one "L". We already have her passport with two "LL"s and are traveling in a week and a half. Is this going to be an issue when she goes through customs? Thanks!

Answer: The difference in spelling should not be an issue. Minor changes in the spelling of a given name or surname are permitted in a passport if the new spelling is pronounced the same way and the applicant can provide proper identification.

Last name only
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport if only my last name appears on my birth certificate?

Answer: Since your birth certificate only has your last name on it, you also need to complete Form DS-10: Birth Affadavit, have it notarized and submit it along with the passport application form and all other supporting documents. Note, Passport Services may request additional documents.

Great info!
by: Anonymous

This was very helpful!!

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