Passport Name Change
to change the name in your passport is a good idea if your name has
been legally changed since your travel document was issued. The
application and supporting documents that you will submit depend on a
couple of factors so read carefully to make sure you are submitting the
The application takes approximately four to six weeks to
process. Requesting expedited service will get it processed in just two
to three weeks. Getting your name changed faster requires you visit a
regional processing center to submit the form. Those who are unable to
go can get a third party
to submit the application for them. One option in emergency situations is to use a professional courier service to expedite a name change
Complete Application Form
There are three possible applications forms that can be used to change
the name in a passport. Use the table below to choose which form you
need to complete. The link will open a page where you can download the
form and obtain instructions and tips for completing the application.
If you prefer, you can complete the application form online
When the page opens, agree to the disclaimer and click the "Submit"
button. You will then choose the correct form. If you have problems
opening or completing the online form, you can still print the
application. Note, some applicants have encountered connection
difficulties or problems with the online form accepting certain data.
If this happens to you, just download the correct application form and
complete if offline.
Gather Supporting Documents
Below is a list of the supporting documents that you need to submit with the request for changing the name in your passport.
|Passport Issued LESS THAN One Year Ago||Passport Issued MORE THAN One Year Ago||No Document to Prove Legal Name Change|
evidence of name change
evidence of name change
3 public records with date and place of birth proving exclusive use of new name for at least 5 years
The document submitted as evidence of the legal name change
must be an original or a certified copy. Acceptable documents include a
marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption certificate or a court
order. Driver's license and Social Security cards are not acceptable as
proof of a legal name change.
Photocopies and notarized copies of documents are not
acceptable for passport purposes. If you need to acquire a certified
copy of your marriage certificate, you can do so through the vital
records office of the state in which you were married. For more
information, visit Where to Write for Vital Records
Package and Send
Both Forms DS-5504 and DS-82 can be mailed to the address on the
applications. Place the completed applications, supporting documents
and payment for fees
in a protective packaging such as a Tyvek envelope. It is recommended that you use a traceable delivery method.
If you need to use Form DS-11, you are required to appear in person at an application acceptance facility
These are usually located in post offices, county and city clerk
offices and public libraries. Call before visiting to guarantee that
the location is open and accepting applications.
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