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Is a name change required in a passport that does not expire for several years?

by Anthony
(Bothell, Washington, USA)

Question: My wife has a passport but in her maiden name. Does she have to change her name on the passport even if it does not expire in a couple of years?


My wife and I were married 2 months ago and are planning on going to Canada as soon as I get an Enhanced Drivers License from Washington; she just has her passport. If she carries her old license and new license will that work for proof with her old passport?

Also, my passport expired in 2000. Can I send it in for renewal and use the renewal form or should I apply for a new passport?

Answer: Yes, your wife should apply for a passport name change. U.S. citizens should only travel with a passport that has their current legal name in it. Since her passport was issued more than a year ago, she needs to apply for a renewal. Click below for details.

Passport Name Change

Since your passport was issued more than 15 years ago, it can no longer be submitted with a renewal application. You need to apply for a new passport using Form DS-11.

Apply for a New Passport

Note, Passport Cards are acceptable for land and sea travel to Canada. The fee is only $30 for adults compared to $110 for the passport book.

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