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Can I use my passport with my maiden name and my marriage certificate to travel?

by Heather
(Pittsburgh Pa)

Question: My driver's license has my married name but my passport still has my maiden name. If I have a certified copy of my marriage certificate, will I be allowed to travel like this?


Answer: Ideally, your passport would have your current, legal name in it. However, you should not have any problem using a passport with your maiden name and your marriage certificate if you travel by land or sea. Contact the cruise line for verification if you plan to take a cruise.

TSA’s Secure Flight Program requires the name on your ticket match the name in your passport. So, you might have a problem if you plan to travel by air. Contact the airline for their recommendation.

If you need to apply for a name change, there are a couple of ways to do this depending on when your passport was issued.

If it has been one year or less since your passport was issued and you can provide proof of the name change, then you can submit form DS-5504 to the address on the application. There is no fee for this service.

If it has been more than one year since your passport was issued and you can provide proof of the name change, then you must submit form DS-82 to the address on the application along with your most recent passport and one passport photo. The fee is $110.

Regular processing takes 4-6 weeks. You can request expedited service and get the name changed in your passport in just 2-3 weeks. There is a $60 fee for this service.

If you need the name changed in your passport in less than two weeks, you need to visit a regional passport agency or apply through an expedited passport courier service.

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My passport has my maiden name but DL has married name
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is still good for two more years. Can I fly to Mexico with my passport having a maiden name and DL has married name or do I really have to pay 110 dollars to renew a passport that is still good?

Answer: Passport Services recommend you update your passport to include your current legal name. However, many passport bearers who change their name continue to use their passports until they expire. If you choose to use your passport in your maiden name, you should book your flight in the same name. We also recommend you contact the airlines to confirm travel document requirements. If you choose to renew your passport and change your name, your new passport will be valid for 10 years from the date of issue.

Can you Travel with Maiden Name on Passport and only have Married Name on Social?
by: Renny

Question: I'm married and have only changed my social security card to my married name. The other documents (license, bank cards and passport) are still under my maiden name. Am I going to be okay booking a ticket with my maiden name because passport is also with maiden name and just bring a copy of the marriage certificate while traveling?

Answer: You should have no problem. However, we recommend you contact the airline for confirmation.

Maiden name
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm traveling to Jamaica tomorrow morning and just realized that my passport is in my maiden name and tickets are booked under my married name. Am I going to have a problem?

Answer: You should be allowed to board your flight as long as you present your marriage certificate along with your passport. Please contact the airlines for confirmation.

Traveling to Canada with Maiden Name on Passport
by: Megan

Question: Hello, I was wondering if I would be able to travel into Canada if my passport still has my maiden name on it? I have not changed name yet, but I would like to. We are going to Canada in a few short weeks and was wondering if I could begin the process of changing my name, but I do not want this to prevent me from getting into the country! Thank you.

Answer: You can travel to Canada with your passport in your maiden name. You should also carry your marriage certificate.

My maiden name for married name
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to travel to Brazil this month but my passport is in my maiden name. I married 2 years ago. My green card has married name. Will this be a problem when I return to the United States because I don't have time to change my passport? Can you help me please?

Answer: We recommend you change the name in your passport, if possible. Some Brazilian consulates issue passports within 5 days. Visit the website the of Brazilian Embassy for more information.

If you are unable to get a new passport, you should be able to travel with your current passport, green card and marriage certificate. Please contact the airline to confirm travel document requirements.

Passport vs Ticket Name
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married last year and changed everything over but my passport. We are traveling to the Dominican Republic in 3 weeks and my airline ticket has my maiden name to match my passport. Even though they match, all of my other identifying docs are with my married name. Will this be a problem?

Answer: As long as the names on your ticket and passport match, there should be no problem. However, we recommend you contact the airlines for confirmation.

Can I use my passport with maiden name if the flight is already booked in my married name?
by: Jessica

Question: My husband booked our flight using my married name. It wasn't until recently we realized my passport (only 2 years old) has my maiden name. Instead of applying for a new passport, could I travel to Europe using my maiden name passport IF I also carry the marriage certificate?

Answer: Please contact the airlines concerning travel document requirements.

question
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a naturalized citizen and never got a passport. My Certificate of Citizenship has my maiden name on it but I have been married since then. What do I need to get a passport with my married name? Is it just the marriage certificate and the citizenship certificate?

Answer: Your Certificate of Citizenship can be submitted as both evidence of U.S. citizenship and proof of identity. You also need to submit the original or certificate copy of your marriage certificate as evidence of your legal name change. For more information about getting a new passport, click here

Which last name to use
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I got married in 2014. My driver's license and credit cards have my married last name. My green card and passport still have my maiden name in them. My husband and I are going on a trip to Europe. Should I book with my maiden name or my married name? I do not have an American passport.

Answer: It is probably best to book the flight in your maiden name since you will present your passport and green card when traveling. However, we recommend you contact the airline about this issue.

Multiple last names
by: Anonymous

Question: If I have first, middle and two last names showing on passport, but my ID only shows first and one last name, will I have a problem traveling outside the U.S?

Answer: Your passport serves proof of U.S. citizenship and identification. You should not have a problem traveling outside the United States because the name on your ID does not match the name in your passport exactly.

Can I use my passport with my maiden name to go to Canada?
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi! I have plans to visit my friend in Canada next month. My passport has my maiden name in it. I have been married for 2 years but haven't changed my surname on my passport yet. Are they still asking for an identification card? Will I have a problem going to Canada? Hope to hear you soon. Thank you so much!

Answer: You should not have a problem entering Canada if your passport is valid. We recommend you carry a copy of your marriage certificate. For more information about travel to Canada, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

Traveling to Philippines
by: Anonymous

Question: I am traveling to Philippines first week of March. I don't have time to change my passport to my Married name. My passport says my maiden name but my ticket is my married name. Will I have problem with that? I can provide and bring supporting documents in the airport like Marriage License, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate and I.d's


Answer: We recommend you apply for a passport name change. Routine service only takes 4-6 weeks. If you apply soon, your passport should arrive well before your departure date.

Traveling to morocco through france
by: Anonymous

Question: I am going to Morocco via France in January and just realized I never changed my name on my passport. Can I book my ticket in the name on my passport? Or do I need to bite the bullet and get it changed?

Answer: You should have no problem as long as you book your flight in the same name that is in your passport.

International Travel w/Maiden Name Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I was recently married and legally changed my surname and most supporting documents (SSN, Driver's License, Credit Cards) to my new, married surname. However, I recently booked international travel to Mexico using my maiden last name to correspond with my current, valid travel documents (Passport, Global Entry Identification Number), both of which I have not had a chance to update. Will I have any issues traveling internationally as my Passport and plane ticket match, but my SSN and Driver's License have been updated?

Answer: You should have no issues traveling to Mexico with your passport in your maiden name. We recommend you carry a copy of your marriage certificate.

Passport has my old last name
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently changed my last name back to my maiden name. All my IDs have my maiden name now but my passport still is in my married name. I need to drive through Canada soon. Will I be able to with my driver's license in my maiden name, passport in my married name and my certified court doc showing my name changing back to my maiden name?

Answer: You should have no problem entering Canada and returning to the United States with the documents you listed.

passport question
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband and I got married June 1st 2015. Our honeymoon is in St Lucia on Dec 7th 2015. I have not yet changed my licence from my maiden name so I'm still going by my maiden name. If I apply for my passport, do I need to put my legal name (which is my married name) or can I just use my maiden name for now until I get my license and ss card changed to my married name?

Answer: You can apply for a passport in either your maiden name or your married name. You do not need to change the name on your driver's license and/or SS card before applying for a passport in your married name. You do have to submit evidence of the legal name change such as an original or certified copy of the marriage certificate. Note, TSA's Secure Flight Program requires the name in your passport match the name on your airline ticket.


by: Itzel Vargas

Question: I am traveling to Mexico this weekend. My passport have my maiden name on but my advance parole has my married last name. I need to buy the airline ticket but I don't know which last name I should use?

Answer: According to TSA's Secure Flight Program, the name on your ticket needs to match the name in your passport.

Passport name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I just got married in August and I am traveling to Mexico in January. My airline ticket and passport have my maiden name on them but my driver's license has my married last name. Will I have a problem? My passport is 2 years old. Thank you.

Answer: You should not have any problems traveling to Mexico. The most important thing is that the names on your passport and ticket match.

Travelling abroad with maiden name in my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married about a year ago and I switched all my docs to my married name (SSN, DL, bank accounts, credit cards) but my passport. Now I need to go abroad really soon and my ticket will be in my maiden name to match the passport. Am I going to have a problem when I come back and enter US?

Answer: You should not have any problem reentering the United States.

Flying with my maiden name
by: Anonymous

Question: I am getting married in June, and we are flying to Italy for our honeymoon the next day. My ticket, driver's license and passport will have my maiden name. Will I be allowed to fly?

Answer: Yes, you will be able to fly. You can continue to use your passport with your maiden name in it until it expires. If you do so, you should book airfare in the same name. Unless your passport was issued less than 12 months ago, you will pay the renewal fee of $110 if you choose to change the name in it.

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