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