Important Due to Covid-19, processing times for passports are taking longer than normal for both standard and expedited services.

Can I change my full name in my US passport from outside the US?

by Syeda
(Karachi, Pakistan)

Question: I have a dual Nationality USA/Pakistan. I have recently gotten married in Pakistan and after my marriage I have changed my full name in the Pakistani database. I have my marriage certificate and all the relevant data to support it.

I want to change my full name as per my Pakistani national Identity Card from Pakistan. Please guide me to how to go about this.

Answer: In Pakistan, you can apply to have this name change reflected in your passport at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi. U.S. passports are no longer amended to change items appearing on the data page so you will receive a new passport.

If the change is within one year after your passport's issuance, submit a U.S. Passport Re-Application Form (DS 5504), together with the passport that needs the change, your original marriage certificate documenting the change, and new passport pictures. There will be no charge for routine processing.

If the passport was issued more than 12 months ago, you should follow the instructions for routine passport renewal. In this case, the fees will apply.

Comments for Can I change my full name in my US passport from outside the US?

Click here to add your own comments

Does the marriage certificate need to be translated?
by: Pauline

Question: I'm in a similar situation. I will be updating my name on my passport from Brazil, where I got married (and also have dual citizenship). My question is, since I will be applying for a new passport from a Brazilian embassy, can I use the original marriage certificate in Portuguese as proof of the name change or do I need to get an official translation to English?

Answer: Hi, Pauline. You may not need a translation but it will be handy to have one ready in case it is required. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia or any of the U.S. Consulates General in Recife, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo for more information.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Passport Name Change FAQ.

Click for fast expedited courier service

Top 5 Questions About Expedited Passport Couriers

UPDATE: Mailing delays and high demand are impacting passport processing. The Department of State's processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center and not when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility. Standard service may take between 8 and 11 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 5 to 7 weeks excluding mailing times on the front and back end. Current mailing delays are significant. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

Regional passport agencies are offering two types of appointments: Life-of-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 3 business days.

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment:

Mondays through Fridays 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. ET, call 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, call 202-647-4000.

For Urgent Travel Service, you need to call 14 days before your scheduled international travel or 28 days if you also need to secure a foreign visa.

If you need to travel urgently for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency, please call the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 Mondays through Fridays 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. ET.

Latest Passport & Travel Updates

Getting a Passport Expedited at a Post Office
Requesting express service at post offices and other facilities that accept application forms from U.S. citizens.

Applying at a Regional Passport Agency
Where processing centers are located. How to schedule an appointment. What documents to take with you.

Using a Registered Courier Service
How to pick a legitimate courier service company to assist in getting your passport quickly.

Routine vs. Expedited Passport Service: How to Choose
Guide to help you decide if standard or fast track processing is the best option for your situation.

10 Benefits of Expediters
What are the advantages of employing the services a qualified expediter?

How to Renew a U.S. Passport Fast
Learn to expedite passport renewals as quickly as the same day. Where and how to renew passport in a hurry.

Passport Renewal Videos
Watch step-by-step instructional passport videos of how to renew a passport in 3 steps.

Make Your Own Passport Photos
Use the online Passport Photo Wizard tool to make your own passport photos in minutes. Save money and time.

Travel Warnings
The latest alerts to help you prepare for a safe and secure trip abroad.

Travel Documents
List of the most important travel documents and information about how and where to get them.

Travel Safety
Discover practical advice on how to keep safe during international trips.

23 International Travel Tips to Save Money on Transportation, Lodging & More
Cool ways to make your money stretch farther on travel expenses so that you can go more often and stay longer.

Expedite Your Passport Now!