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by Lorie
(Baltimore, MD)

Question: I am in the process of legally changing my first and middle name. When this is completed and I apply for a passport for my daughter, do I have to have my new name on her birth certificate?

Answer: When applying for a passport for a minor, you must establish your relationship to the child by presentation of an official document. Usually, this is an original or certified birth certificate. Since the name on the birth certificate will be different from the name on your identification document, you need to establish a link between the two. Presentation of the birth certificate along with a court ordered name change should serve this purpose.

If other identification is necessary, the attending passport agent will inform you if other documents are required. For a complete list of requirements, click the link below.

Child Passport Requirements

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