Disclosure: We are an affiliate of some of the companies and products mentioned and may be compensated if you click one of these links and make a purchase.

How do I see the name that will be listed on my passport?

by Angela
(Granger, Indiana)

Question: My passport has been applied for but I need to get my airline tickets. Will the passport have my full middle name or just the initial?

Answer: Your passport will have your full name in it, including your complete middle name.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires all passengers to enter their full name – as it appears on the government issued identification they will be traveling with – when making airline reservations for international flights. They also require date of birth and gender.

TSA officers at airports across the country will check to make sure they match when passengers pass through security. According to TSA, Secure Flight will be phased-in with each airline. Passengers should not be concerned if particular airlines do not ask them to provide the additional information right away; it should not impact their travel.

Comments for How do I see the name that will be listed on my passport?

Click here to add your own comments

Opposite name on passport
by: Tracy

Question: My birth certificate has first name+last. In my passport, the given name field has my last name and the surname field has my first name. Is this okay?

Answer: It is not ideal but you may use that passport. Just make sure that you book your tickets in the same name that appears on your passport.

If you want to have the passport corrected, you may do so by filling out Form DS-5504 and submitting it with the following:

1. The passport with the error.
2. A signed statement explaining the error
3. Evidence of the correct data (birth certificate)
4. New passport photo if it has been over 90 days since the issuance date

There is no fee for this service unless you want it expedited, in which case you have to pay $60. Please send the required documents to the address on the form.

Passport matching airline tickets going to Australia
by: Anonymous

Question: I just realized that my passport has my full name....and my airline tickets have my full name but I have my middle initial instead of my full middle name on them...is this going to be a problem when trying to get into Australia....I am flying with Quantas airlines.

Answer: Shouldn't be a problem. Please contact Quantas to verify.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Passport Name FAQ.

Top 5 Questions About Expedited Passport Couriers

Latest Passport & Travel Updates

Emergency Passport Renewal
How to get an emergency passport renewal in the U.S. or abroad. Discover the steps to renew your passport the same day.

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.

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

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

The Ultimate Jet Lag Survival Guide
Jet lag is almost certain if you travel across several time zones. Discover how to minimize the effects of jet lag for every age group and ensure a more rewarding family trip.

Expedite Your Passport Now!