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Do I need my ex-husband's place of birth for the passport application?

by Cherry
(OKC)

Question: I do not know how to contact my ex-husband and we have not been in contact since the divorce. It wasn't a good marriage nor a good divorce and I do not want to have to track him down to find this information out. That and I do not want him to know where I currently live. I do have my marriage and divorce dates and his full name.


Answer: The passport application form states that failure to provide information requested on the form may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application. While this is only a possibility, you can avoid this risk by including the birthplace.

If you wish not to have contact with your ex-husband, you may consider contacting a family member, mutual friend or one of his past co-workers who could provide the information you need.

Another method would be to search for the answer online. Begin by searching his complete name in quotation marks on Google. You can also try Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. Members often include date and place of birth in their profiles.

If those methods do not provide you with the answer, you can turn to a vital records service such as Archives.com. Click here to find Birth Records

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