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Name on birth certificate does not match driver's license and SS 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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First Name on Birth Cert does not match Soc Sec and DL
by: Dianne

Question: My first name on my birth certificate is spelled 'Diane', but at age 10 years old, I began spelling my name 'Dianne'. My Social Security card, Driver's license and all my college records have my name spelled 'Dianne'. Will this prevent my getting a passport? What can I do short of a legal name change?

Answer: The difference the the spelling should not matter.

PP question
by: Zeke

Question: Hi so my birth name isn't my name now I had a name change but my last name is still the same and I gained a middle name legally. I'm transgender do I necessarily have to get my birth certificate changed or is their another way I could go without doing that? I hope so.

Answer: If you have proof of legal name change, you should be able to use your original birth certificate. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.


My birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: My social security card has my name on it BUT my birth certificate has Not named and my last name. How can I get a ID or what do I do?

Answer: You may submit your SS card and another ID for as proof of identity. Then you need to submit DS-10 Birth Affidavit with your application for a new passport.

A birth affidavit may be submitted (with an application for a U.S. passport) when an acceptable birth certificate cannot be obtained for a person born in the United
States. The affidavit must be accompanied by a photocopy of the front and back side of your identification and, when applicable, a notice from the appropriate authorities indicating that no birth record exists.

A birth affidavit may also be submitted in conjunction with other birth records. A birth affidavit must be made by an individual who has personal knowledge of the facts of the applicant's birth in the United States; it is preferred that the affidavit is made by an older blood relative or by the attending physician. The affidavit must be signed in front of a notary, unless it is being submitted to an authorized Passport Agent or Passport Acceptance Agent.

The affidavit shall state briefly how the affiant's knowledge was acquired. Requests for copies of this affidavit should be made at the time of execution.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm going in person to apply for a passport for my new born baby but the last name of the father is different from her last name. Is that a problem or not?

Answer: It should not be a problem as long as the father can present an ID that matches the name on the passport. Also, both parents need to be present when submitting the application for the child's passport.

If one parent cannot appear with the child, the applying parent must submit a notarized statement of consent from the absent parent.

Last name
by: Alejandro

Question: I’m trying to get a Mexican passport but om all my documents I am Alejandro LAST NAME and on my birth certificate it says ALEX Soto LAST NAME. Would it be a problem?

Answer: We edited out your last name for security purposes.

Please contact the Mexican Embassy or Consulate for advice regarding Mexican passports.

Misspelled letter on last name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I would like to apply for passport, my last name is Rodriguez with a G, but my birth certificate shows Rodriquez with a Q. Can this be a issue when applying for my first passport.

Answer: Yes, while it is possible that passport services will provide leniency with the slight difference, it may still be an issue. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.

First name one letter
by: Anonymous

Question: My first name is Cassondra and it is spelled Cassandra on my birth certificate. Will this hinder me from getting my passport?

Answer: It should not as long as you can provide appropriate identification documents bearing the name that you fill in on your application form.

Middle name on birth certificate not match with valid IDs
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My brother wants to apply for his first passport but his middle name is not the same on the valid IDs that he's used ever since. Example: on birth certificate middle name is only Silva but on valid IDs, all of them has De Silva. Will that case affect his application? Thank you.

Answer: Since it is a very minor difference, it may not be an issue. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 to verify.

Maiden Name missing a letter
by: Klee

Question: My daughter received a copy of her birth certificate to apply for a passport. My maiden name (I'm the birth mother) is missing a second 'n' at the end of my last name. Will that prevent her from getting her passport?

Answer: It should not matter. For good measure you can include a signed statement explaining the discrepancy along with the application.


First name dropped
by: james

Question: The name on my birth certificate says Yukdon John Wong. Over the years my
driver's license and social security card have listed John Wong. What will my passport be issued under?

Answer: Your passport will be issued in the name that you enter in the application form.

First name diff. on birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate list my first name as Cynthia but my social and drivers license say Cindy. I have never used Cynthia on anything even my marriage license says Cindy. Will that be an issue getting a passport?

Answer: As long as you can provide a link between your birth name and your current name, you passport will be issued in the name you place in your application form. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

HELP!!! Last name is different
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently found out that the last name on my birth certificate is completely different than what I have been using all my life. My military docs, SS card, license, bills, medical all have my original last name. Not this one on the birth certificate. I submitted a petition for name change with the courts but that takes 3 months and my trip is in Sept. What shall I do?

Answer: If you cannot provide the court order, 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.

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

Middle name on birth certificate is different from the name I go by
by: Jerry

Question: I found out back in 1995 that the middle name that I have used my entire life is not the same name on my birth certificate. I would like to apply for a passport soon but I do not want any problems once I apply. Plus I would like to know if that will affect me in the future for social security benefits.

Answer: You may still apply for the passport using your birth certificate and the name you have been using for most of your life. The most uncomplicated way to document the link between both names is through a court order.

If you prefer not to change your name through a court order, then you must submit 1) 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.

Name spelled differently on my birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 2 Ts on my birth certificate but I use only one T on my driver's license, SS and others. How can I change everything to the two Ts?

Answer: Since your birth certificate has the name you want, the process of changing the name on your identification documents will be less complicated. You can start with the DMV and Social Security Administration.

Middle name I use is different from that on my birth certificate
by: Jessica

Question: Hi, the middle name I use is different from the middle name on my birth certificate. I'm using "Dela Cruz" in all my documents including SSS, NBI, Pag-ibig and so on. When I tried to apply in Phil health, they saw that something different in the middle name I use compared to the one on my birth certificate. The middle name on my birth certificate is "De la Cruz", what should I do? All my documents have the middle name that I commonly use. I need an answer because I'm a graduating student. I need clarification. Thanks in advance. Answer me please!

Answer: We do not have extensive information regarding the Philippines' laws on identity. Please contact the National Statistics Office for answers to your questions.

Never used my full first name
by: Anonymous

Hi. I have never had my original birth certificate. I had only the green copy and now I have lost that as well. I'm trying to get my birth certificate but can not because I have never used my full first name that is on my birth certificate which is AnnTyrell. I have never used that name in full. On all my documents as well as my immunization card, I was signed in school as Tyrell on my original s.s card also has Tyrell. How do I get my birth certificate so that I can get a passport.

Answer: Please contact the vital records office of the state where you were born regarding your birth certificate.

Mom's maiden name wrong on birth certificate
by: Brian

Question: My mom's maiden name is wrong on my birth certificate. Can i still use it for a passport?

Answer: Yes, you may still use it as evidence of U.S. citizenship when you apply for a passport. However, you need to include a letter of explanation concerning the discrepancy on the birth certificate.

Last name and temp state ID
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a birth certificate with my mother's maiden name on it and only my mother documented as the parent. My parents married after I was born and I have been using my father's last name/mother's married name as mine since I was a child. I was born in 1939 and no legal name change took place. My state issued ID has my married last name only on it. My marriage certificate has my father's last name on it as my maiden name. In addition, the state I live in issues temporary IDs and mail the official ID at a later date. I'm applying for my first passport. Just in case my permanent ID does not arrive in time, is my birth certificate and temp ID sufficient identification? Or do I have to bring additional documents? My SS card has my father's last name and my married name. Please help! I travel soon and have made an appointment at my local passport office to apply in person. When I call the 800 number I've been given different answers.

Answer: Since you cannot submit primary proof of identity, you need to submit a combination of the following secondary proofs of identity:

-State-issued non-driver ID
-Out-of-state driver's license
-Social Security card
-Learner's or temporary driver's permit
-Voter registration card
-Employee ID
-Student ID
-Selective Service (draft) card
-Medicare or other health card
-Expired driver's license
-Membership card in a local social organization or club
-Rental contracts
-Mortgage documents
-Auto registrations
-Traffic tickets & violations
-An Identifying Witness

Two last names on birth certificate
by: Rosa

Question: I applied for my son's Mexican nationality at the Mexican embassy in Santa Ana but I didn't know that his names have to appear the same way on his American and Mexican birth certificates. We've lived in mexico since 2010 but now he is going back to the USA. His school papers are in the name that appears on his Mexican birth certificate with two last names and we got the info that it will be a problem to register him at school in the USA. What I can do to fix it?

Answer: Please contact the local vital records office for advice on the matter.

Please help
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport if my birth certificate spells my name Terren but my license and SS card spells my name Taren?

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.

Using married name on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate is in maiden name. My drivers license & SS card are in my married name. I want my passport in my married name. Is this a problem?

Answer: It should not be a problem. Please fill out Form DS-11 with the name that you want to appear on your passport.

Last Name Does Not Match
by: Marvin

Question: My birth certificate has my longer last name that I've never used in my entire life. I've had a passport when I was young, but it's been 30 years since I've gotten one. My military ID, SS card, and everything in my name is my shortened last name. What do I need to bring with me to get my passport taken care of?

Answer: Please submit all the documents required to obtain a new passport, including your birth certificate and at least 5 documents that show exclusive use of your assumed name for at least 5 years. Send as many as you can. Passport Services will contact you if they need more.

Would like to obtain a US Passport for many years.
by: Anonymous

Question: At age 9 for (whatever reasons which still remain a mystery to this day), my father changed our last name. I have lived with this last name for 50 years. I have all documents to prove my birth name and the name I have had (not legally changed, which I found out after my father's death) such as my Birth Certificate, license, high school, college diplomas, my confirmation of Catholicism, marriage licences, etc. Curious if I will have a problem getting a passport. We live our fathers sins somehow. Getting older and would like to travel out of the US. THANK YOU.

Answer: Please submit all the documents required to obtain a new passport, including your birth certificate and at least 5 documents that show exclusive use of your assumed name for at least 5 years. Send as many as you can. Passport Services will contact you if they need more.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: On my birth certificate it has my first and one of my middle names as my first (Christopher Michael) and my two other middle names as my middle name (Aaron Scott). When submitting the application should I just put Christopher as first name and Michael as the middle name?

Answer: You may elect to use any name on your U.S. passport as long as you can prove that you have used it for at least 2 years. However, to avoid complications, we recommend that you use your name as it appears on your birth certificate and primary identification document.

Do I have to legally change my name to get a passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: On my birth certificate my first name is spelled Pamela. For the last 50 years, I have spelled it Pammyla. Do I need to legally change me name in order to get a passport?

Answer: The most effective way would be to legally change your name through a court order. Once you have the court order, you may request to have the name on your birth certificate changed. After which you can apply for a U.S. passport

The name on my birth certificate is in a different language than my Driver's License. Does it matter?
by: Anonymous

Question: The name on my birth certificate is spelled in Spanish but the name on my driver's license is the English version of the name. Will that be an issue getting my passport? Same name just in a different language.

Answer: A minor difference in spelling may be negligible. We recommend calling customer service at 1-877-487-2778 to verify.

Will changing my name on my SSC and driver's license affect my current passport with my old last name?
by: Anonymous

Question: My current passport is still in my maiden last name, but I just got married and changing my SSC, and driver's license to my new last name. Will this affect my passport, or do I need to apply for a new passport with my new name after it's changed?

Answer: U.S. citizens are advised to travel in their current legal names. If your name has changed through marriage, you must also change the name on your passport.

If you need to travel soon, you may choose to apply for a passport name change at a later date. Just make sure that you book your airline tickets in the name that appears on your current passport.

Need Passport
by: Frank

Question: My mom married my step dad when I was eight, 49 years ago, and I started usig his last name. My driver's license, social security card and all my work history was using my step dad's last name.

I am trying to get a passport. I have my birth certificate, driver's license and a notarized declaration from when I went to Mexico in 1991.

What do I need to get a passport? My flight is June 5 2017.

Answer: Submit all required documents set forth here, including your birth certificate, copy of driver's license and at least 5 documents that prove exclusive use of the assumed name for more than years. We also recommend a letter outlining when you started using the step dad's last name. Note, Passport Services may still request additional documents beyond what you send. If so, you will be notified in writing.

Which last name to use?
by: Anonymous

Question: Filling out passport application for my kids. It's asking for mother's birth name (my birth name).

I have a situation where I was born with a different last name, but at 5 my name was legally changed. So my birth name is NOT what is on my birth certificate, social security card, etc.

Which name do I put? The one I was born with? Or my legal one which is on all my supporting documents?

Answer: Please enter name at birth. Include evidence of legal name change.

Amended birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: Will an amended birth certificate work? My husband has a similar situation where he has only used his step fathers name and all legal records like taxes, social security and property and school records are in this name. Only his birth certificate has his original name. We filed to have his last name amended on his birth certificate by providing documentation that he has been using this name all his life. Will the amended birth certificate work for his passport identification. We are leaving on our trip very soon and may not have time to petition for a legal name change.

Answer: A final decision about the acceptance of a document can only be made by the adjudicator who processes your passport application. You can present them to the Acceptance Agent where you submit the application forms for an initial review but, even if they are accepted at this point, there is no guarantee that they will be accepted at the processing center.

We recommend you submit what you have. If additional documents are required, Passport Services will contact you in writing with instructions.

Social security card and driver's license middle names different
by: Amanda

Question: Hi, I recently got married and changed my middle name to my maiden name. My social security card reads "Amanda, maiden name, married name". My driver's license reads "Amanda middle name married name". Is this going to be a problem when getting my passport?

Answer: The difference in names on your SS card and driver's license will not be a problem. You do not need to show your SS card. You only need to include the number on the application form.

There may be a problem if you request "Amanda, maiden name, married name" since that name is neither on your birth certificate nor your driver's license. If that is, in fact, the name you want on your passport, you will need to submit a name change document that reflects that name. The document can be either your marriage certificate or a court order.

first and middle name different than birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: First and middle names are different on my ss# and driver's license. They are one way but my birth certificate is another. Can I still get a passport With my ss# and driver's license?

Answer: The name on your SS card does not matter. You only need to provide the number. As long as the name you put on your passport application matches either your the name on your birth certificate or driver's license, there should be no problem.

Jr on driver's license but not on birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: My driver's license has Jr at the end of my name but my birth certificate does not. Will this prevent me from getting a passport?

Answer: No, it will not.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: All of my documents say my name is Joanne as does my driver's license. I got my birth certificate today and it says my name is First name Jon and middle name Anne. I have always thought it was Joanne. Will this be a problem?

Answer: The name that is requested on the passport application is usually the one printed in your passport as long as it is supported by citizenship and/or identification documents. Even though your driver's license has Joanne, we recommend you send 3-5 secondary identification documents showing use of the name for more than 5 years.

Missy
by: Anonymous

Question: All my documents for work have my name spelled Rosahlie but on my birth certificate it is spelled Rosalie. I recently got my US citizenship document with Rosalie on it. Which one will I use for my US passport? Do I need to hire a lawyer to solve this problem?

Answer: The name you request on your passport application should be supported by your citizenship and identification documents. Also, diferences of one letter that do not affect the pronunciation of the name are usually permitted. You do not need to hire a lawyer. You should be able to get your U.S. passport without any problems.

My husband's last name on his birth certificate is off by one letter.
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband is applying for a passport. His birth certificate has his last name ending in an a, when it should be i. His driver's license, social security, our marriage license all have the i. Will he be able to get a passport?

Answer: He should be able to get a passport. We recommend he include a brief letter with his passport application that explains the error on his birth certificate. You will find a complete list of requirements here.

no documentation of name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I was born with a different last name than I have now. At some point during my early childhood my name was changed to my stepfather's last name. I have no record of this change legally. I later got married and that last name was legally changed from my stepfather's name to my married name. I have my birth certificate, my marriage certificate (with stepfather/married names) and my driver's license in my married name. I have been married for 22 years and have used my married name that whole time. What other documentation would I need? I have no additional documentation with my birth name.​

Answer: If you are applying for a first-time passport, you only need your birth certificate and driver's license to get the passport in your married name.

My Middle Name Is Misspelled On My Birth Certificate
by: Renie

Question: My middle name is misspelled by one letter on my birth certificate. It says Chira when it should say CHIARA. Will this be a problem when I apply for a passport? I will be able to provide other documents with my full name correctly spelled out, such as my high school diploma and my certificate of confirmation if necessary.

Answer: The difference of one letter is usually not a problem.

Last letter of last name is different than on original birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: The very last letter of my last name is different than what it says on my birth certificate. Everything else is exactly the same, except for this one letter. When I turned 18, I legally changed my last name to reflect this one letter difference as this is what my family's name originally was. Will this be an issue when I apply for a passport? I had a passport when I was younger (12 years old), but that reflected the name on my birth certificate since it was before I legally changed my name.

Answer: It should not be a problem, however, Passport Services may request additional documents to support the use of the name.

Spelling error on birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: My mother's middle name is spelled incorrectly by one letter on my birth certificate, however, I wrote the correct version of her name on my passport form. Will this stop my application from being accepted?

Answer: Small discrepancies in middle names are usually not an issue. If you have not yet submitted your application form, we recommend you include a brief letter of explanation.

Name different on social than ID
by: Anonymous

Question: I was recently married and hyphenated my last name on my ID but have yet to change it through social security. Will this be a problem in obtaining my passport?

Answer: It should not be a problem.

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, Social 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 than how I've been spelling it for 40 years
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 Driver's 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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