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Divorced but passport was orginally maiden name

by Shelley
(Mandeville, la USA)

Question: I received my passport before I was married, then once I got married, I sent it in for the stamp that shows my married name. I am now divorced and went back to my maiden name. I need to renew my passport.


Do I have to mail in my divorce decree? I cant find it. My driver's license, original passport, social security card all have my maiden name on it. (which is what I need it to say)

Thank you,

Answer: You must submit the official document that proves the legal name change. Even though your passport originally had your maiden name in it, it was apparently amended with your married name. That will be the name that is on record with the State Department.

If you were divorced in Iowa, you can obtain a certified copy of the divorce decree at the Clerk of District Court in the county where the divorce was granted. If the divorce was not granted in Iowa, click the link below for more information.

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Married/divorced and keeping married name
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to renew my expired passport. It was issued in my maiden name. I have since married and divorced but kept my husband's last name. So, I need to include my marriage certificate showing my name change to obtain a passport with my married name. Do I also need to include my divorce certificate even though I do not use my maiden name?

Answer: Please include both marriage certificate and divorce decree plus a letter of explanation with your passport renewal application form.

never change name on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello,

I have a passport in my maiden name and never changed it when I got married. I am now divorced and went back to my maiden name. Does that mean my passport is still valid? It has not expired yet and everything matches my current name.

Answer: Your passport is valid until the date of expiration.

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