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First name on my birth certificate differs from driver's license.

Question: My first name on my birth certificate is Frankie. My first name on all of my other documents (driver's license, credit cards etc.) is Frank.

I recently applied for a passport and completed the form with my name as FRANK, however I was asked to provide my birth certificate and copy of my driver's license.

I am looking to make a reservation to travel in 3 weeks and am waiting for my passport to arrive however I am not sure how my first name will appear on my passport. I would like to make this reservation as soon as possible before the cost of airfare increases, but do not want to make it with the incorrect spelling of my name.

Can you advise which name will appear on the passport?

Answers: While derivatives of a name are usually accepted for passports, the agent that processes your application will have the final decision concerning the name that is included in your travel document. Therefore, there is no way to affirm which name will be included until the process is completed.

Note, if you entered the name Frankie on the application and that is what is on your birth certificate, then that is the name that will most likely be included in your passport.

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Name issues with passport
by: Anonymous

My birth certificate has two middle names and two last names all of my legal documentation like my license, SS card, and public records all show one middle name one last name. What do I need as proof of my name that I go by to get my passport?

Question: If you go by only one middle name and one last name, you may elect to have it printed on your passport. Your driver's license bearing that name will be sufficient proof that you go by that name and it is your legal name.

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Question: My Birth certificate first name says Carlito but my driver's license and social security card say Carlos. Will I be able to get a passport?

Answer: Since the names are common derivatives of each other, it should not be a problem when you apply for a passport.

Will I be allowed to use only father last name in my FL driver's license
by: Anonymous

Question: In my birth certificate and in my passport I have two names and two last names (example: Juan Pablo Perez Hormazabal) which is typical of my Latin roots. I was born in the US but my parents are both from Latin countries and that's how people use it. But in the USA, it is kind of confusing. My question is if I will be allowed to use only my father last name and my two names in my Florida driver's license (Juan Pablo Perez). Thank you guys for your help. J.P

Answer: Please contact the DMV for answers to your question regarding driver's licenses.

First name a variation of BC name
by: Ginger

Question: My BC has the first name "Virginia" but I have only ever gone by "Ginger". All of my legal documents (DL, SSN, Tax ID, Marriage license, utilities, bank account, etc.) are under "Ginger". Will I need to fill out form DS-60 or will they accept the name 'Ginger' with the supporting documents.

Answer: Since Ginger is a common derivative of Virginia and your IDs bear such name, there should be no need to complete DS-60.

birth certificate first name different from first name used on dl ssn, etc
by: Anonymous

Question: On my birth certificate, it is Elizabeth but used Betty all my life on all documents. Is this acceptable?

Answer: It may be since Betty is a common derivative of Elizabeth. Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Name discrepancy
by: Anonymous

Question: My name on my birth certificate is Tracy, my driver's license and SSN is Tracie. Will I still be able to go on a cruise?

Answer: Yes, you should still be able to go on a cruise. Please contact the cruise line for confirmation.

My first name
by: Anonymous

Question: The first name on my birth certificate says Jose. My driver's license says Joe. Will I have any issues when boarding?

Answer: As long as your tickets match the name on the ID you present, you should be able to board a domestic flight without issue.

If you are traveling internationally, you need your tickets and passport book to match.

by: Anonymous

Question: I have Jr. on my passport but not on my driver's license. Would this be an issue for renewing my passport?

Answer: It will not since you will no longer need to present your license when you renew your passport.

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