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State license name not updated
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently got married and I am unable to get my name changed on my driver's license in a timely manner. I have my social security card with my new last name and my work id with my new last name but not my official state license. Will I be able to apply for my passport with my new last name?

Answer: Yes, you still can. Please submit photocopies of your SS card and company ID with your application.

Change name on license back to maiden
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married and my license was expiring so I changed it to my married name (in NYC) using what I put on my marriage certificate, hyphenated as maiden-spouse last names. But now I want to keep my maiden name, can I change it back on my license? I never changed it with social security so the only place I have my hyphenated last name is on my license.

Answer: You need to contact the DMV regarding any name changes.

Current name change
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I recently sent my name change request to SSA due to marriage. I haven't received the new SS card nor have I updated my driver's license. My current passport is not expired. Can I send in for my passport name change without having an SS card or my license updated?

Answer: Yes, you can. Please mail the following to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Original or certified copy of marriage certificate
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Note that routine service takes 8 to 11 weeks while expedited service takes 5 to 7 weeks. These times do not include mailing times which vary across the country. If you have travel plans, we strongly recommend not making any final arrangements until after you receive your new passport.

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Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I just got married and changed my last name. My new social security card has my new correct last name, but my marriage certificate has my maiden name. Can I send in my certificate with my social for the DS-82 application? Since the correct name does not match on my marriage certificate.

Answer: There is no need to send your SS card. The marriage certificate should still be accepted as evidence of legal name change if it lists your spouse's last name.

SSC + Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently got married however my passport is expired. Can I renew my passport with a name change before I request a new Social Security Name Change?

Answer: Yes, you can. You do not need to submit an ID so the name on your SS card will not be an issue. Please mail the following to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Marriage certificate (original or certified copy)
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Routine service takes 8 to 11 weeks, 5 to 7 weeks if you pay an extra $60 for expedited service. Please make sure you have the new passport in your possession before making any final travel arrangements.

Passport last name
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has my husband’s last name and my social security card still has my maiden name. Now I feel like keeping my maiden name on both my passport and SS card. Can I change my last name to my maiden name on my passport again?

Answer: Yes, you can. Since you cannot present proof of legal name change, you need to submit a new application instead of a renewal. The new passport will be issued in your maiden name as long as it is supported by your citizenship evidence and ID.

Name change before passport was issued
by: Anonymous

Question: I filed for Name Change on October 27 and it was signed by the Judge on December 6. I applied for a US passport on November 17 and it was issued on December 17, 2021.

Can I use DS 5504 to update my name on my passport or will I have a problem since my name change was granted before my passport was issued?

Answer: It could be tricky since the name change precedes the passport issuance. Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 for their latest policy in this type of case.

Different last names
by: Sami

Question: My driver's license and passport have the same last name "Khouri". However, my last name on my social security card is "Al Khouri". Should that be a problem for IRS and traveling?

Answer: It should not be a problem while you travel as long as your tickets match the name on your passport.

Names don't match
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate spells my name Vanessa and my social and driver's license says Venessa. Will this be a problem getting a passport?

Answer: It will not since the names are common derivatives.

Mismatching names
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I apply to "change" my name in my passport? Currently, my passport lists a first name I no longer go by and is not listed anywhere (ie driver's license or social security card). Also lists my first and middle name as one whole name and I want to separate them as first and middle names.

Answer: You can apply for a name change. If you did not go through a court-ordered name change and have no legal proof, you need to submit a new application in person with Form DS-11.

The passport will be issued in the new name as long as it is supported by the IDs you present/submit with the application.


Passport middle name different than social security
by: Anonymous

Question: The middle name on my social security card is different than the middle name on my passport and driver's license. Will the TSA check to see if my passport name matches my social security official name? My first and last names match, just the middle name is different.

Answer: TSA will only care that your passport and tickets match. The middle name mismatch between passport and SS card is not a problem.

Passport name doesn’t match Drivers license
by: Sandy

Question: Hello!
I got divorced a few years ago and had my name changed back to my maiden name. ALL my documents have been changed except for my passport.

I just noticed that it has my old last name and I’m traveling to Mexico in 4 weeks. I even got my vaccine doses but they have my maiden name. HELP! Is it going to affect me coming back? My ticket has my maiden name to match my driver's license. Do I need to have proof of name change when I travel?

Answer: The issue may not be with your passport and vaccine records not matching. TSA requires that your airline tickets match your passport. If you can, rebook your tickets to match your passport and just show your divorce decree to justify the mismatch between the passport and vaccination record.

Keep Birth Name on Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: When I got married I changed my name on my social security card but not my passport. I need to renew my passport but would like to keep it in my maiden name. Is this possible even though my SS card and license have my married name?

Answer: Yes, you may keep your passport in your maiden name. It is allowed.

Passport middle name different from everything else
by: Anonymous

Question: When I got married, I got my new passport printed with my maiden middle name and married last name. Then, when I got everything else done, I changed my mind and put my maiden last name as a new middle name.

Now every identification (social security, driver's license, military ID, mortgages, etc) has a different middle name than what is on my passport. However, when trying to change my name on my passport, they won’t let me without a court order. Since the name on my passport was never my name, there is no court order I can get to change it. Will I just always have a different name on my passport than on everything else? Is there anything that can be done?

Answer: You can submit a new application as if it's your first time. The passport will be issued in the name you enter in the form as long as it is supported by the primary ID (driver's license) you present with it.

Confused
by: Micki

Question: My birth certificate has my name as Esther Millie and I was never called Esther. My Social Security name is Millie Esther. All my legal documents have Millie Esther. Does it matter with Social Security?

Answer: You need to contact the Social Security Administration for answers to your question.

Name is out of sequence
by: Anonymous

Question: Driver's license shows my first name as my whole name but the airline ticket shows a different part of my first name is put as my middle name. Will there be a problem at the security checkpoint? My name is slightly out of sequence.

Answer: The name mismatch between your license and tickets will not be an issue. A mismatch between your passport and tickets will be an issue.

Passport Name Change
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently got my name changed, but have not updated my name on my passport yet and am wanting to go out of the country in a few months (less than 10 weeks). Is it required that I change my name on my passport before going out of the country or can I use my current passport that has my maiden name on it, but bring proof of the marriage? 

Answer: You may travel with your passport in your maiden name as long as you book your tickets the name that appears in it.



Marriage name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I have changed my name on my driver's license to my married name. However, my maiden name is still on my social security card. Will I need to change my name on my social security card to apply for a passport?

Answer: You may apply for a passport without changing your name with social security first.

Renew my passport using my name in social security card
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, five years ago I got divorced and I was able to change All (social security card, driver's license) my documents back to my maiden last name except for my PASSPORT!

Soon I will need to renew my passport and I would like to update my last name as well (to be the same as my social security card). Can I fill a DS-82 form to renew my passport and submit my original social security card as proof of name change? I don't have my certified divorce decree. Please help!

Answer: Your social security card will be not accepted as proof of legal name change. You need to request a certified copy of your divorce decree from the court or vital records office.

Name on SS card
by: Anonymous

Question: The name on my social only has my mother's last name but my birth certificate and license have both the last names of my father and mother. Would that prevent me from getting a passport?

Answer: No, it will not hinder you from obtaining a passport. The passport will be issued in the name you enter in the application form as long as it is supported by the identification document you present with it. You may present and submit a photocopy of your driver's license as primary ID.

Suffix question
by: Denise

Question: I noticed that my husband’s license has JR. But his passport doesn’t. Will that be an issue for travel to Aruba?

Answer: It will not be an issue as long as his tickets match this passport.

Name in passport does not match SS card or DL
by: Anonymous

Question: I just recently got married and in the process of changing my name on my SS card and license but wanted to wait until it's time to renew my passport before I change my name on it. Will the fact that the SSA has my new name affect my being able to travel internationally with my passport in my maiden name?

Answer: The name on your SS card will not influence your ability to travel. You should be able to travel with your current passport without issues as long as your tickets are booked in the name that appears in it.

Passports
by: Ema

Question: I have applied for my passport. I didn't change my social security from permanent resident to citizen. Will my passport application be denied? Or can I change my social after getting my passport? Please I need an answer! Is it going to be an issue?

Answer: It should not be. If it is, passport services will contact you.

Passport and Social Security
by: Anonyous

Question: I am headed to Zambia in 7 weeks, and don't have enough time to renew my passport. I got married last year and changed my social security card and driver's license to my new married name, but my passport is still in my maiden name. Do I need to change this in order to get in and out of the country? I booked my tickets in my maiden name to match my passport, but I don't know if they will let me through.

Answer: You may travel with your current passport as long as your tickets are booked in the name that appears in it. Please make sure your passport has at least 6 months of validity remaining in order to enter Zambia without issues. Have a safe trip!

Misspelled name by letter
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's social security card and birth certificate have his name spelled correctly. But his passport misspelled his first name by 1 letter. I want to replace his social security card because we lost it and we don’t know the number. His name is correctly spelled Saif. The passport spelled it Salf. Will this be an issue on my application?

Answer: It should not be an issue with SSA.

DL/SS does not match passport/naturalization
by: Anonymous

Question: My naturalization and passport have my first name as Viet and middle name as Hung. But my DL and SS have my first name as Hung and middle name as Viet. I will prefer to keep my first name as Hung. What's the best way to get it all match?

Answer: You may have your Naturalization Certificate amended then you can apply for a passport name change.

Different names on passport and covid card
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a similar question, presumably similar advice (??) in that I was recently married and DID get around to changing my name to married name on passport (and with SSA), but my vaccination Record Card is in my former name.

I can indeed bring a certified marriage certificate, but no longer own a valid I.D. in that former name. I am trying to determine if I can have the state health department issue a COVID Card in my new name, but it is not a "legal document," and I doubt it is set up to handle such requests?

Answer: Not sure if your state health department can issue new vaccination cards. But you're right, you may bring your marriage certificate to present in case questions regarding the name discrepancy arise.

My COVID-19 vaccine card name differs from passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My health insurance is still under my maiden name, so my COVID-19 vaccine card has my maiden name and married name (hyphenated). However, my passport only has my married name. Will this be an issue when traveling abroad?

Answer: There should not be any issues since the last names still match but we recommend having your marriage certificate ready to present in case questions arise.

Vaccine Card and Passport Name Don't Match
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I will be traveling internationally soon and my passport name does not match my vaccine card, as I haven't gotten around to changing my passport to my married name. Will that be an issue?

Answer: Questions may arise but most of these can just be cleared by presenting your marriage certificate to provide a link between the names. We recommend contacting the airline you are traveling with and the embassy of your destination country for confirmation.

Maiden Name
by: James

Question: My passport is under my maiden name, all my other information is under my new name, including vaccination and insurance information. Is this a problem?

Answer: Hello, James. Some questions may arise when you travel, especially with the name difference between your passport and vaccination card. We recommend bringing your marriage certificate to present in case of issues.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I submitted a passport application in my maiden name, but my social security card is in my married name. Will this affect receiving a passport? I also submitted my legal birth certificate stating my maiden name.

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Maroon passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently got married and will be getting divorced in a year from now. I have a deployment coming where I need the maroon passport that will expire soon. My social has my married last name but all other documents have my maiden name. Will there be an issue with applying for renewal? What do I submit?

Answer: Since you are applying for an official passport, you need to contact your unit's travel desk.

Need advice
by: Jill

Question: I was divorced many years ago. My Birth certificate and social security card are in my maiden name. My driver's license, mortgage, all other information is in my married name. I don’t know how to apply with what name to use for my passport. Should I get my social security card changed before applying? I only have 10 weeks before I need this passport.

Answer: Hello, Jill. It is ideal to have your passport issued in your current legal name. If you are still using your married name, it is best that your passport be issued in that name as well. There is no need to change your name with social security since your primary ID (driver's license) bears your married name.

Please submit the following in person at an acceptance facility:

1. Form DS-11
2. Original or certified copy of birth certificate plus photocopy
3. Driver's license to be presented plus photocopy to be submitted
4. One passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Routine service may take up to 18 weeks while expedited service can take up to 12 weeks. Neither options your 10-weeks timeframe. We strongly recommend waiting until you have your passport at hand before making any final travel arrangements.

Social security card and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: We applied for my child to get his passport for the first time but his social security has his last name wrong. When he was born they put my last name on his social security card. His birth certificate and the passport application have his correct last name.

My question is will his application have a problem since his last name on his social doesn’t match his last name on his birth certificate and passport application?

Answer: Yes, it might be an issue. If it is, passport services will reach out to you.

Vaccination card does not match name in my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My name on my vaccination card does not include my middle name, while my passport includes my full name including my middle name. Will I be required to have both documents to match in order to travel internationally?

Answer: There has been no official ruling on names on vaccination cards vs names on passports. As long as other details match, there should be no issue. You can contact the airline you are traveling with to confirm this.

Changed name through naturalization
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently had my oath ceremony and I have changed my name. Can I apply straight for a US passport before updating the SSN?

Answer: You can. Your naturalization certificate may serve as both citizenship evidence and proof of identity.

Birth certificate doesn't match my last name
by: Californian

Question: My birth certificate is in my biological father's name (let's say Smith) who I never knew. Since about high school, I began using my stepfather's last name (let's say, Jones).
So my birth certificate says Smith but that does not match every single document I've ever used as an adult which is in the name Jones.


This was NEVER done formally but all my adult documentation including my social security are in the name Jones. I'm 40 years old now. Never been a problem but now I need a passport.

What should I do?

Answer: You can still be issued a passport with Jones as your last name as long as you provide sufficient identification documents bearing the said name. Passport services may ask you to provide documents at least 5 years old bearing Jones which I don't doubt you can produce.

You need to submit your application and requirements at an acceptance facility. The general requirement is only 1 ID but if you can provide more, send photocopies of IDs that have Jones on it.

SS and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married and changed my entire name on my social security to represent my husband's first name as my middle name without a problem. However, at the DMV they told me to change my middle name to something besides my maiden name, I have to go through the courts which is a long process.

My passport is expired. I need the passport before I can do the court hearing to change legally my license. Can I apply for a passport with my full new married name if it matches my social security card and I attach my marriage certificate or does it also have to match my license?

Answer: It's not necessary for your passport to match your driver's license. Please mail the following to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current (expired) passport
3. Original or certified copy of your marriage certificate
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

The passport will be issued in the name you enter in the application form since it is supported by your name change document.

Routine service may take up to 18 weeks, 12 weeks if you expedite. If you need the passport sooner, you can employ the services of a private passport courier like Rush My Passport. On average, they can get your passport issued in 4.5 weeks.

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We strongly recommend waiting until your passport arrives before making any final travel arrangements.

Name Change
by: Anonymous

Question: I am booking an international trip for September, which will not allow enough time for my passport to get updated to reflect my married name. Should I do the booking in my old last name, so that it agrees to my passport even if my legal name (per my ss card) has been updated?

Answer: Yes. Please book your tickets in the name that appears on your passport to avoid issues with TSA. Your SS card being in your current legal name will not be an issue when you travel.

Different last name
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate has a different last name from my social security card and driver's license. Am I still able to get a passport?

Answer: Yes, you can still apply for a passport. There should not be any issues as long as other details between your birth certificate and ID/s match up. If the difference in last names is a result of marriage, you may be asked to provide your marriage certificate.

Missing middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. My naturalization certificate is missing my birth-given middle name. But DL, SS both have it. I am trying to apply for a passport for the first time. Is it going to be an issue and if yes, what can I do to avoid my application being rejected?

Thank you!!!

Answer: It's not going to be an issue. The passport will be issued in the name you enter in the application form as long as it is supported by either your citizenship evidence or primary ID.

Marriage certificate needed?
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently got married and have applied for a passport with my married name. My SS was changed to my married name prior to the passport application but my driver’s license is still in my maiden name. The person at the post office said I didn’t need to include my marriage certificate but I’m worried this was incorrect. Any guidance?

Answer: If you provided two or more IDs bearing your married name with the application, the marriage certificate may not be required. Passport services will reach out to you if you need to send the document in.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: My name on Social security and DL is George Michael Hanna and my Naturalization certificate and passport have George Hanna Michael. Do I have to change my social security name or how is this be corrected? Also is that will affect my benefits.

Answer: While it is ideal, your documents do not have to exactly match. But if you want to all of them match, it may be easier and more economical to have your name changed at the SSA and DMV.

Does last name on SS card, drivers license and passport have to be the same?
by: Anonymous

Question: My SS card has my married last name only, but can I change my driver's license and passport to have both my maiden and married names hyphenated?

Answer: While ideal, it's not necessary for all your documents to match. You may change the name on your license and passport.

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SS and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I just realized that I sent in my marriage certificate to change my name on my social security but I’m going on an international trip and I don’t think I’ll be able to change my passport in time, will this be a problem?

Answer: It's not going to be a problem as long as your tickets are booked in the name that appears in your passport.

Should I change my SS Card name?
by: Anonymous

Question: My name on the passport is YEON, KWANG HEUM, and on the SSN card is YEON, KWANGHEUM. Do I need to change the name on my SSN Card?

Answer: While it is ideal, it is not necessary for your passport and SS card to exactly match. You do not have to change the name on your SS card but you can if you want to.

Last name on SS card doesn't match passport's
by: Anonymous

Question: My wife's last name on her SS card and driver's license are the same. Her last name on her US passport has her SS card's last name and suffixed with a hyphen and her maiden last name. Can this be corrected when she renews her passport? What type of supporting document she needs to provide? Thanks.

Answer: Her passport will be renewed in the name printed on the old one unless she sends proof of legal name change. Since this is not a name change per se but just a removal of the extra last name, she needs to submit a new application in person instead of a renewal by mail.

The passport will be issued in the name she enters in Form DS-11 since it will be supported by her primary ID (driver's license). She needs to submit the application in person at an acceptance facility.

Please note that standard service takes up to 18 weeks and expedited service up to 12 weeks. If you have any plans to travel in the next few weeks, we recommend waiting to apply for the new passport until after your trip. Just make sure she books airline tickets in the name that's on her passport.

Which name should I use to make international travel reservation
by: Jen

Question: Divorced and have changed my driver's license and social security card back to my maiden surname name. My passport is current but still has my married surname. Which name should I use to make my international travel arrangements? I can provide my divorce decree, name change order if necessary.

Answer: The TSA requires that your airline tickets be booked in the name that appears on your passport.

Name on passport reversed
by: Anonymous

Question: My name on SS, DL and everything else is the correct one but when I became naturalized, my first and middle names were switched. Consequently, my passport has that order. How can I change the name on my passport? Thanks.

Answer: You need to submit a new application as if it's your first time. Complete the application form with the correct order of your name and submit a photocopy of your driver's license bearing said name in correct order. We recommend also including a signed request for the passport on your passport to be printed in the order you entered in the application form as supported by your ID.

Two last names in birth certificate but use only one in SS
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, on my birth certificate, I have both my last names but on my SS and Drivers License, I have only one. Will this be an issue when I go and renew for the REAL ID?

Answer: Please contact the DHS regarding issues involving Real ID.

Applying for name change on DL with pending passport application on old name
by: Anonymous

Question: I just got married, but don’t have my marriage certificate yet. I also will be traveling internationally and need a passport but never had one before.

Can I apply for a passport with my old last name (as on my IDs) AND at the same time apply for a new SS and DL with the new name once the marriage certificate arrives? Or will this potentially delay the passport approval?

Answer: Your name change with SS and DMV will not cause any delays with your passport application.

However, applying for your passport in your maiden name could potentially pose a problem when you apply for a passport name change in the future. Your marriage date precedes your application date so you are expected to apply for the passport in your current legal name.

We recommend waiting until you receive your marriage certificate to apply for a name change on your IDs and then apply for your passport. Also, we strongly recommend not making any final travel arrangements until you receive your passport. Processing of passports take up to 18 weeks now and signicant delays can be expected.

MIDDLE NAME
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate has the middle name spelled Cesilia, my drivers license and SS card are spelled Cecilia. I am wondering if I will have any issues while applying for a passport.

Answer: Since the two names are common derivatives of each other, you should not have issues applying for a passport.

Different last name on vaccine card and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I received my COVID vaccines. The name on the card matches my DL but not my Spanish passport. I am traveling to Spain next week with my Spanish Passport and Green Card. My passport has my maiden name and doesn’t match the name on the COVID card (married name). Will this be an issue to flight internationally?

Answer: It should not be an issue but we recommend bringing a copy of your marriage certificate to present should questions about the name mismatch arise.

Real ID and Passport Name Match Req'd
by: Anonymous from OH

Question: Getting ready to renew passport. The current/expired one does not list my middle name. Recently acquired Real ID lists full mid name (DMV requirement; not my request). Should I list my middle name on the passport renewal application to be consistent with Real ID? If so, do I need anything special to add this (since technically it's a 'change' from my existing PP name?)

Answer: While ideal, it is not absolutely necessary for your passport and real ID to match. If you do want to have your middle name on your passport, you need to submit a new application instead of a renewal. This means you need to apply in person and pay the execution fee on top of the application fee.

Please set an appointment and submit the following at a local acceptance facility:

1. Form DS-11
2. Citizenship evidence
3. Government-issued ID bearing the name entered in DS-11
4. Passport photo taken in the last 6 months
5. Payment for fees

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Renewing expired passport w/ different last names
by: Anonymous

Question: I was married in 2012 and never changed my name on my social security card. I am looking to renew my expired passport. Should I fill out the application with my married name on my driver's license or my maiden name on my social security card?
Thanks!

Answer: If you legally use your married name, then it is ideal to apply for your passport in that name. The name on your SS card will not affect your renewal.

Passport does not match SS
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I am trying to get a DL and they won't allow me because on my SS card, I have 2 last names and my passport only has 1. Should I change my passport or my ss card?

Answer: Hello! The answer depends on which name you legally use. If you legally use two last names, apply for a new passport to reflect both. If you only use one last name legally, change your SS.

SS first name does not match passport
by: Nhi

Question: Hi, I got citizenship through my parents. My legal name is correct on my SS card but my passport's first name is my middle. What documents do I need to switch my first and middle name?

Answer: Hello, Nhi. You need to submit a new passport in order to have your name printed correctly on your passport.

Please submit the following in person at an acceptance facility.

1. Form DS-11
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship (origianl or certified copy)
3. Proof of identity
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Your name must be supported by either your citizenship document or primary ID. Please present an ID bearing the correct order of your names so that your passport will be printed in thay name.

Name missing on my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a total of two first names, one middle name, and one last name on my social security card. I don't use both my first names so I left that out on my passport. Does my passport name have to completely match with the name on my social security card?

Answer: While it is ideal, it is not absolutely necessary for the names on your passport and social security card to match.

Surnames
by: Anonymous

Question: My wife's passport includes her maiden name combined with her married name. The social security card only lists her married surname. Is that a problem?

Answer: The difference in surnames should not be an issue.

Maiden Name Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello,

I was married at the end of 2020 and updated my name with the DMV and Social Security Office. My passport still has my maiden name but does not expire until the end of 2022. Can I use this passport with my maiden name to travel internationally? I just booked an international flight using my maiden name that matches my passport. I can also bring my marriage license and old driver's license (with my maiden name) if need be.

Answer: You may travel with your current passport and not have issues since your tickets are booked in the name that appears in it. Have a safe trip!

Name on my SSN is different.
by: Anonymous

Question: The name in my passport, passport card, and citizenship certificate is different from what’s on my SSN. How can I get it corrected?

Answer: Please contact the SSA about changing the name on your SS card.

Middle name missing
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport, DL, Marriage Certificate and Naturalization Certificate do not have a middle name. It used to say optional so I never filled it. My SSN does have a middle name. Also, my Birth Certificate (from a foreign country) has a middle name. How do I get my middle name added to my passport? I would like all my IDs to be consistent to avoid any issues.

Answer: You may submit a new passport application and enter your middle name in the form. This type of application needs to be submitted in person at an acceptance facility and you also need to pay the $35 execution fee.

Please note that processing currently takes 10 to 12 weeks and there may be some delays. If you have travel plans, it is better to postpone the application until after your trip.

SSC name different then DL
by: Anonymous

Question: Will I have problems with my passport if the name on my Social security card is different than on my driver's license as long as the passport matches my driver's license? I got married then divorced and the court spelled my name wrong so I never got to change my driver's license back to my maiden name.

Answer: Although it is ideal for all IDs to match, the mismatch on your license and SS card should not be an issue when you travel.

help name changed
by: Anonymous

Question: I have never gotten around to changing my name maiden name to my married name which is hyphenated. Will that be a problem obtaining my passport?

Answer: It will not be a problem as long as the name you enter in your passport application is supported by the identification documents you present with it.

Passport and SS card name change
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I'm wondering if it's okay to go ahead and change my name in my passport first before my SS card as my passport is expiring soon. Also, because of my husband's culture, wives take on the husband's first and last name while dropping their own middle and maiden names to accommodate that. Will that be a problem since I'm changing both my middle and last name? Thank you.

Answer: You may renew your passport before taking care of your SS card. The name change will be accepted as long as you provide proof of legal name change. Please send the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

Covid vaccine card
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently received my Covid vaccines. The name on the card matches my real ID but not my passport. Passport has my first name as a middle initial and middle name as my first(I have always used my middle name as my first. Will that cause issues when I fly internationally?

Answer: Since the vaccine cards have not been established as a requirement for all international travel, the mismatch may not be an issue. Just show proof of identity.

We also recommend that you contact the airline you are flying with to double-check their requirements and to find out if the name mismatch will be an issue with them.

Flight attendant
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has my hyphenated name and even though my social security card has my maiden name and not my hyphenated name, the new airline I was just hired at is saying I have to change my passport back to just my maiden name or I will have trouble flying internationally.

My last airline I had no problems with this! Ex: My SS card Jane Doe, my passport: Jane Doe-Smith. Why would I have to change my passport to match my SS card to fly?

Answer: While it is ideal, it is not necessary for your passport to match your SS card in order to travel internationally. Having said that, it may be company policy to have all your IDs match. You need to clarify this is human resources.

Also, contacting TSA may get you more information on identification and international travel.

Middle name on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My middle name on my passport is my given middle name. On my SS card, it is my maiden name and DL is my maiden initial.

I took my maiden name as my middle name when I got married 27 years ago but never did anything legal through a court to do this. All of my accounts and my state nursing license have my maiden name as my middle name.

Am I able to apply for a new passport to match everything else? What kind of documentation do I need?. My passport expires next year.

Answer: You may submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate as proof of legal name change when you renew your passport.

Prepare the following and mail them to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Original or certified copy of marriage certificate
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Real ID Issues
by: Zerric Reed

Question: Recently, I was at the DMV trying to update my license to the Real ID. My Passport, Social, and Drivers license all have the same name.

For whatever reason (I have tried multiple times), the DMV gets a match issue and is not able to complete my Real Id. My birth certificate is under another name; I used my passport instead of my birth certificate. How can I figure out what the match issue is and get this resolved?

Answer: Only the DMV can provide you with the information you require. Please contact them for assistance.

My SS and birth certificate have a different letter than my DL
by: Anonymous

Question: Would I be able to get my passport if there is a letter difference in my SS and birth certificate and DL? For example in my birth certificate and SS I have Elisbeth but in my DL I have Elizabeth. Would I still able to get one? All my documents and everything I have Elizabeth.

Answer: Since the names are common derivatives of each other, you should be able to get a passport with Elizabeth. Just make sure to present and provide a photocopy of your license as primary proof of identity.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married and I changed my name on my SS card but I have yet to get it changed on my DL. The DMV is now packed, by appointments only, and I don't have much time to apply for a new DL to catch an international flight. This is my first passport, will I have issues getting a passport if my DL and birth certificate are in my maiden name and my social has my married name?

Answer: Driver's licenses are accepted as primary identification documents whereas SS cards are only secondary. This means that if you submit your SS card as proof of identity, you will have to submit another secondary ID bearing your new legal name. You may also have to submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate to further support your name.

Passport still valid, do I need a new passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: Do I need to file for a new passport if I change my name through Social Security Administration? My current passport is still valid, but I am now married.

Answer: Although it is ideal to have all your identifications match, there is no immediate need to change the name on your passport. You may continue to use your passport until it expires. Just make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your passport to avoid issued with TSA.

Name on passport vs name on SS card.
by: Anonymous

Question: My name is Daniel on my drivers license, birth certificate and SS Card. However, my expired passport has the name Danny. Either name is fine with me on passport. Will I be able to renew my passport with those supporting documents? Thanks!!

Answer: Unless you were a minor when the last passport was issued, there is no need to submit supporting documents. You may apply for a passport renewal by mail.

Please prepare the following and mail them to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. New passport photo
4. Payment for fees

As for the name, it is best that you enter the same name (Danny) on the renewal form.

Daughter’s SS card and Passport name doesn’t match
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter’s name on her social security card and passport doesn’t match so they didn’t let her make an ID card. What should I do?

Answer: You can request for a passport correction if the error is on the passport. If it is on the SS card, please have that corrected by the SSA.

Suffix on birth certificate does not match SS & DL
by: Anonymous

Question: I have always used the suffix "II" on all my legal documents, including SS and DL. I just received my birth certificate and it says "Jr". Can I still apply for a passport?

Answer: Yes, you can.

About my passport and ssa
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. Should I change my SSS to my married last name before to renew my Philippine Passport? Please guide me.

Answer: Hello. We specialize in U.S. passport issuance and do not have the latest information on Philippine passport issuance. Please contact the Philippine Embassy or any of the Philippine Consulates located all over the United States for guidance.

Frustrated
by: B.L.

Question: Can I still apply for a passport even though my social security card does not have my married name on it?

Answer: Yes, you can, as long as your other ID/s has your current name on it. The passport will be issued in the name you enter in the application form if it is supported by the identification documents submitted with it.

Name on social security card
by: Anonymous

Question: On my social security card, my middle name appears before the first name then follows by the last name. Will there be an issue when I file tax returns or apply for citizenship?

Answer: You need to contact the IRS and the USCIS regarding your concern. If you have passport-related concerns, please let us know.

Name changed
by: Anonymous

Question: I had 2 last names and when I got my citizenship certificate, I removed one of them. I applied for a passport and I did not update my name on my DL and SS card. Will my passport application be rejected?

Ex: Old name: Joe Michael Smith Larson
New name: Joe Michael Smith

Thanks for the advice.

Answer: As long as the name on the application is supported by the name on your citizenship certificate, it should be okay. If there is a problem, passport services will contact you.

Son's passport - name different on social security card.
by: Bob

Question: When I adopted my son, his last name changed. His social security card has his old name. Can I get a passport with the new name, or do I have to change the social security name first? I listed his previous name in the question that asks for ‘previously known as’.

Answer: You may apply for his passport without changing the name on his social first.

Middle name - Passport and SS
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My middle name on my passport has an S within the name (like FonSi) and I just noticed my SS has is spelled as FonZi.

All my other legal documents either just have my first letter of my middle name, or don’t even include it.

Will this be an issue in the future for W2s?

Thank you.

Answer: Please contact the IRS for answers to questions related to tax forms and declarations.

Passport and SoSC
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport and naturalization certificate have my original name. When i got married I never changed it and only changed name on my SS card. Now that we are separated, can I use my passport and certificate of citizenship to change my name back to my original name on my social security card?

Answer: Please contact the Sociak Security Administration for answers to your question.

Middle Name Doesn't Match
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello,

My middle name is Lin Lin on my passport, but is only Lin on my SS. Is this okay or do I need to get something changed? Lastly, if I need to change something what should it be and where? Thanks so much for your time!

Answer: There should be no need.

DL and SSC different
by: Anonymous

Question: My SSC has one first name Marianne, but my driver's license has these separated as Mari Anne. I just use Mari for banking and Marianne on my school documents. Is this a problem?

Answer: Since they are derivatives of each other, it should not be a problem.

Name has JR at end...
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my SSN card has JR at the end of my name, however my DL and passport do not. I'm now signing a form which is asking for legal name. Which do I use?

FYI - my father has the exact same name (and middle name), without the JR at the end. Thanks.

Answer: Please use the name that matches your identification document.

SS
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's last name on her social security card is misspelled. And we have a life or death emergency , will she still be able to apply for passport even tho her last name is misspelled?

Answer: Yes, she can.

Middle Name on Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I just received my new passport (my old one was expired), with the middle name I do not use at all. I also just received my new Real ID, which I was able to get with just my first and last names. All my other documents, except my birth certificate, (SS, marriage license, utility bills, etc) all have my first and last names only, which I prefer. Am I stuck with the middle name when I travel internationally, when I must use a passport? Can the passport be changed? Will I have to pay all the fees again?

Answer: You can apply for a correction free of charge if you have a copy of the application form you submitted as proof that an error was made.

Different First Name
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently went to the DMV to renew my drivers license and upgrade to the new REAL ID but was unable to. My SS card and birth certificate list my first name as Toni but I have all other documents/ID's/DL#/passport which lists Antonia as my first name. I was told from my grandparents (who raised me) that was my name (Toni is short for Antonia)and have always gone by my longer name in school, work, etc.

The problem is that I cannot get a REAL ID because it does not match my birth certificate and SS#. They recommended that I get a legal name change but I am wondering if I should get a new passport with Toni vs Antonia. Can I do this even though my DL# shows Antonia as my first name?

Answer: It is ideal all your names match across all legal documents including your passport. You can either follow what's on your birth certificate and change your license OR you can have your name legally changed and have it on your birth certificate, SS card, DL and passport thereafter.

Passport and Social Security dont match
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi I recently got married and have already changed my social security and DL to reflect my new last name, but have not changed my passport so it has my maiden name.

I am traveling in 2 months abroad for our honeymoon, will I still be able to travel with my passport that has my maiden name even though I already changed my social security and drivers license? I am worried that if I apply for name change on my passport that I will not receive it in time for our honeymoon. Please help!

Answer: You may travel with your current passport as long as your tickets are booked in the name that appears in it.

Different last name on social security card and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I just recently got married in May and have a trip scheduled to Mexico in October. My passport is not expiring any time soon so I am not planning on changing my name on it. However I am changing my name on my social security card, Driver’s License ID, and every other form of identification. Will my passport still work to travel internationally even if it has my maiden name on it while everything else (specifically my social security card) has my married name? I should add that I am choosing not to change my passport because I don’t want to risk not getting it in time for the trip, which many people are struggling with.

Answer: You may continue to use your passport. Just make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your passport as TSA requires it.

DL and SS changed but not Passport- Help!
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married at the end of 2018- I changed my SS the week after, my drivers license in September of 2019- but forgot about my passport until last week, when we were planning for our international trip to St Lucia in October. With COVID, I’m scared to send of the name change request with the significant delays. I just want clarification- if I book the flight under my maiden name to match my passport book...will I be okay to fly internationally?

Answer: Yes. As long as your tickets and passport match, you should be okay. Have a safe trip!

Legal name change doesn't match birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I legally changed my last name when I was 21, but I only have a copy of my old birth certificate with my previous last name. My SS card and drivers license reflect my new name, will it be a problem that my birth certificate has a different last name? (My name was changed for personal reasons, so i do not have a marriage licenses or anything like that.)

Answer: You will most likely be asked to present proof of legal name change. The original court order should serve this purpose.

Help!
by: Madison

Question: Hello, I got married in May of this year. I just got my social back but, i cannot make an appointment for the drivers license office to get my name changed on there. Can I still get a passport without updating my driver license?

Answer: Yes, you can. You may apply for a renewal with name change. Please prepare the following and mail them to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Original or certified copy of marriage certificate
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Name Change in Expiring Passport
by: Mali

Question: Hello! I got married end of last year and my passport is expiring April 2021. I have not yet started my name change process for Social Security, driver's licence, or my passport due to Covid-19.

1) Can I just change my name for my passport for now to match my marriage certificate before it expires and update Social Security & driver's license with my name change later without any issues?

2) Due to Covid-19 impacts, if I submit my documents through mail to renew my passport, what is the estimated time frame to get my renewed passport with my updated name change? How would I check the status of my passport renewal if I send it in through mail?

3) Will I get all of my submitted documents back, such as my marriage certificate?

Thanks!

Answer: 1. Yes, you can.

2. Renewals with name change can only be done by mail now. There are no set timelines for processing due to limited passport services but those who have submitted applications have been told it takes 3 to 6 months. You may check the application status online here: http://uspsg.net/status/

3. The supporting documents you submit will be returned when the process is completed. However, delays are still to be expect in their return.

Last Name Missmatch on Passport and SSN
by: Anonymous

Question: My last name is: K C (i.e K (space) C in the passport but in SSN, it is KC (without space), does that matter anything in future or in e-verification process, if so, what should I do to resolve this?

Answer: It should not be an issue. Should it become one, you must use the format (spaced/no space) that is printed on your birth certificate.

Social and birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's name was changed to add her father’s last name. We have the court order and her amended birth certificate. However I still haven’t been able to change her social reflecting her second last name. Can I still get her passport if her social security card has her previous name?

Answer: Yes, you can still apply for your child's passport.

Rejected passport application
by: Kat

Question: Hey! I am very confused. Please help me. I went to the social security office with my passport to get a new social security card because I lost my original one. The social security office told me my name is different on my passport vs the name on my social security card so he can’t give me a social security card until I correct my name on my passport. He said I don’t need to pay for a name change that I should just apply for a new passport and write my correct name. The passport application got rejected. I don’t know what to do at this point :(
I can never get a credit card because of this!

Answer: Hi, Kat. You were informed incorrectly. You need to pay for the passport application. If you did not include a check, it might have been the reason why the application was rejected.

If you did include a check, the rejection may have been because of the discrepancy between your names. The name on the application has to be supported by the ID you submit with it.

If you'd like a clarification, please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778.

Social security card in married name but ID in maiden
by: Anonymous

Question: I was married in July 2019. Finally changed my name officially with social security to my married name after having my passport stolen in January 2020 so that when I got my new passport, I would get it in my new name. Then COVID19 happened. I have not been able to go to the DMV to get a new drivers license and do not know when I will be able to. So I now have a social security card with my new name- and an ID that has my old name. How do I go about getting a new passport in my married name without a drivers license showing my new married name? Very frustrated.

Answer: The social security card is considered secondary ID. If you can present another valid photo ID bearing your married name, you can still get your passport issued in that name.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: So I got my name changed. I submitted a passport application with my new name. Included the certified court order to my new name, but my ID and birth certificate have my Maiden name, as well as my SS. I’m concerned.

Answer: The ID you submit must bear the name you enter in the form. There may be an issue with your application. Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

DL and SS card don't match
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport if the name on my driver's license and the name on my Social Security card don't match? My driver's license is in my maiden name and my Social Security card is in my married name. My married last name is hyphenated and wouldn't fit on my state's license, and the DMV told me to keep it in my maiden name.

Answer: It's not a problem. Just present the ID that bears the name you want on your passport. If you're presenting your SS card, you need to present an additional secondary proof of identity.

Middle names don't match
by: Anonymous

Question: The middle name on my birth certificate does not match my passport and driver's license. (I have never used the middle name on my birth certificate)

Do I need file a legal name change?

Answer: It is ideal to have all your legal documents to match. In fact, it is requirement to obtain a Real ID license. It is in your best interest to either amend your birth certificate or change the name on your passport and other IDs.

SS & DL
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi,

I’m trying to renew my DL. Current DL is my married last name but never changed my SS, it’s still maiden. Can I change/update my DL to my maiden name instead? (For personal reasons).

Answer: Kindly contact the DMV regarding your driver's license concerns.

Middle initial and full middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has my full middle name spelled out but my Social Security card only has my middle initial displayed. Will this be a problem?

Answer: It will not be a problem.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I have my ID, social and birth certificate with my maiden name. My name has been changed in the social security system I just don't have the new card yet.
My ticket is in my maiden name as well.
Can I get a passport in my maiden name for times sake so I can travel and then change it when I get home or will it cause issues because social security system has a different name?

Answer: Yes, you can get a passport in your maiden name and it will not be an issue with social security.

Suffix
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate & ID has JR on it but SSC doesn’t. Will this be a problem when I apply for passport?

Answer: It will not be a problem.

Flying with a different name than my social
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently changed my name on my ss card and not my passport. Will I have a hard time flying within the states? What name do I put on my ticket?

Answer: Make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your REAL ID license or passport.

Breaking up the name change process
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm changing my name because I was recently married. I will travel internationally soon enough to where I don't have time to update SS, DL, and Passport all before I leave, and then I will shortly thereafter travel domestically. Can I change my SS card now and then do the DL before the domestic trip and the Passport once I'm back for good? Does domestic or international travel require two of these three documents to match? As long as I book the international travel in the same name as my passport and the domestic travel in the same name as my DL (regardless of if they agree or not), will I fly without issue?

Answer: Looks like you have it all figured out. As long as your tickets match the name on your passport/ID when you travel, you should be okay.

Middle initial misspelled on SSC.
by: Anonymous

Question: My middle name on license is spelled correctly Dominic. My middle name on social is spelled incorrectly Domonic.

First and last names on both are correct. Will this hinder me from getting a job that I have been offered? As they have asked for a copy of license as well as SSC to see if I am authorized to work I’m the US. Have never had a problem thus far.

Answer: It depends on the company. Some companies are very stringent when it comes to identification documents.

Nickname
by: Anonymous

Question: The first name on my birth certificate and driver's license is William but my social security card says Will. Is this going to be an issue when applying for my passport?

Answer: It will not be a problem.

Middle name appended to first name
by: Anonymous

Question: My first name on my SSN is First name + Middle name, and I hadn't added anything in my middle name. It was done due to some misunderstanding. But on my other documents (state id, DL) my first name is just my first name. Will this cause any problem.
For example,
SSN First name - John Peter
SSN Last name - Adams

DL First name - John
DL Middle name - Peter
DL First name - Adams

What documents will I need to correct my middle name on SSN?

Answer: The middle name should not be an issue.

Hyphen in middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My middle name has a hyphen on my drivers license and passport but it is a space on my social security card. Is that an issue?

Answer: It's not an issue.

name difference
by: Anonymous

Question: My Chinese first name has a space between on my passport but on my drivers license has no space. Is that okay?

Answer: Yes, it is okay.

Social Security Card has name mispelled, will it affect Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My social security card has my last name wrong by a letter, but I've never had any issues with taxes or anything, will there be an issue with my passport being accepted?

Answer: It should not affect your application but it is best that you submit a different ID like your driver's license.

Traveling abroad
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married about 2 years ago. I haven’t updated my passport and green card. Can I travel abroad without updating it?

Answer: Yes, you can. Just make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your passport to avoid issues with TSA.

Birth Certificate and License
by: Anonymous

Question: Will I have any issues getting a passport if my last name is misspelled on my driver license but is correct for both my birth certificate(amended) and Social Security card.

Answer: Questions may arise since the error is in the last name.

SS card different than Driver's License and Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My SS card does not have my middle initial. However, my passport and drivers license do. Is this a problem?

Answer: It is not.

My name does not match my legal documents
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate has my name and last name followed by my mom's maiden last name. However, my social security only has my first and last name. I am trying to apply for my passport and real ID will I have any issues receiving either document?

Answer: Yes, you potentially will encounter issues because of the last name mismatch.

Name on passport does not match social security card
by: Anonymous

Question: I have been using an English name Lawrence for many years in addition to my Chinese name. My social security card is showing both my English name and Chinese name but my passport is showing only my Chinese name. Can I change the name on Passport to show both so it will match with my social security card. What do I need to do?

Answer: The best way to go about this is to get court ordered name change and use the document as evidence of legal name change.

Drivers license and social security card different name than birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello I want to apply for 1st time passport. I was married then divorced, but my driver's license and social security card use my divorced name. Can I apply for passport giving my birth certificate and current license/ social security card and birth certificate in different names?

Question: Yes, you can.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: Five years ago I received my passport with my hyphenated name listed. Three years ago I had my name changed back to my maiden name but did not update my passport. Now I am getting remarried in Dec and we are traveling out of the country but I am going to change my name after we marry, but will not have the updated info on the newer passport by then. Can I still use the original passport that still reflects my maiden name hyphened or what docs are needed to travel if I am not able to use this passport from 5 years ago?

Answer: You may use your current passport as long as you book your tickets in the name that appears in it.

Different names
by: Anonymous

Question: The name on my social security card and name on my passport/driver's license are different. Where do I go to correct this?

Answer: It depends on which document you would like to change. If you want to change the name on your SS card, you need to go the SSA. If you're changing your passport, you need to apply for a name change and present evidence of legal name change.

Middle name on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: How do I change my passport to have my maiden name as my middle name, rather than my given middle name? My driver's license and social security as well as TSA are correct -- first name, maiden, last.

Answer: If you changed your name through marriage, you may apply for a passport name change. Please prepare the following and mail them to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Original or certified copy of marriage certificate
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

What to do?
by: Anonymous

recently got my usa passport

Question: When I went to the DMV to get a drivers license, they said that the name on my passport doesn't match the name on my social security card.

I just took the learners permit, there was no problem checking in there with the social security and passport.

When I went to get the card, they mentioned I cannot get the license because the two forms don't match. Why?

I have 4 names on my passport and birth certificate.

My social security card only has 3 of the names.

What do I need to do?
What are my options?

Answer: Since the issue is with your driver's license, you need to contact the DMV for advice.


Birth Certificate/Passport name different than Social and Drivers license
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. When I became a citizen of the United States 11 years ago, my passport name was spelled how it is spelled on my birth certificate. I was not aware of my name spelling on the birth certificate until then. So my entire life I spelled my name differently than it is on my birth certificate. So my US passport and my birth certificate name is spelled differently than everything else like my drivers license, bank accounts, etc.

Can you please guide me what I should do? Do I need to get my name legally changed so it is spelled the same way in all of my documents. It is only the spelling of the first name which is different by 1 letter.
Thanks in advance.

Answer: If you can change the name on your IDs to match your birth certificate and passport, please do so. But if you want it the other way around, it is best that you get a court-ordered name change and amend your birth certificate and apply for a passport name change.

Middle name and middle initial
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. On my social security card my middle name is just A. On my passport it is an entire word that begins with A. If I include a copy of my social security card with my DS-82 passport renewal form, can I change my middle name as it appears on my passport to be a single letter, like on my social security card?

Answer: Yes, you can. We also recommend including a signed request for the change.

DL name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently changed my name via Naturalization. I changed my name on my SS and I’m currently waiting for my new one to come in the mail. I need to change my name on my DL as soon as possible. Am I able to use my old SS card (without the name change) to get a new updated DL or do I need the new one (with the name change)?

Answer: Please contact the DMV regarding your license.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate last name is hyphenated but my social security card and driver's license is not. Am I okay to apply for a passport or will I need to change my last name in order for everything to match?

Answer: You should be able to apply for a passport.

Different first name
by: Anonymous

Question: The name on my US passport is Linda. I had it changed during naturalization. The name on my social security card and driver's license is Erlinda. Is this going to be an issue when I travel abroad?

Answer: It should not be an issue as long as your tickets are booked in the name that appears in your passport.

Passport, DL
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has my first, second, and last name but not my maiden name. My DL contains all 4 names.

Do these need to match?

Answer: Your passport and license do not need to match. However, when you travel, make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your passport.

Passport still has maiden name.
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport still has my maiden name. My airline ticket was booked in my maiden name. However. My social security card and drivers license has my new last name. Is this a problem?

Answer: It will not be a problem. Only your tickets and passport have to match.

Add a last name
by: Anonymous

Question: I have both my last names on my driver's license and SS card. I need to add my second last name to my passport. How do I do this? I do not want to mail my social security to them.

Answer: Was your name changed that's why you have a second last name?

Do I Need A Passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am going to the Virgin Islands on a cruise and was told I don't need a passport just a birth certificate and ID. My middle name on my birth certificate and my driver's license do not match. My mother changed it when I was a few years old, I changed it back on my ss card and DL, but the courts will not change my birth certificate back without going to court which I can not afford. Will I still be able to get back onto the ship and back to the states? Or do I need to get a passport to be safe?

Answer: It is always recommended to have a passport on hand when traveling. However, you may verify with the cruise line if the slight difference between your birth certificate and ID will be an issue.

Middle name omitted on birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently had a child and I gave him a middle name when I filled out the birth certificate form. I received his social security number with the middle name on it but the the birth certificate has the middle name omitted. I have travel plans in a few days, can I apply for a first passport for him with the name on the birth certificate and later change the name on the social security card to match?

Answer: Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your child's name situation.

First time passport proof of identity
by: Anonymous

Question: I will be getting my Naturalization Certificate very soon. On my N-400 I requested a name change. When I request a US passport for the first time, I will show my driver's license which has a different name. The names are not significantly different but I am not sure if I need to provide a form indicating the name change to the passport agent. Is there a form to fill out to support the difference between the two documents?

Answer: Passport services does not a specific form for your purpose. Having said that, the passport should be issued in the name you enter in the form since it is supported by your citizenship evidence. You can include a statement explaining the name change as well.

If you are not traveling soon though, we recommend changing your name with the DMV first to make sure all your legal documents/IDs match up.

Applying for a new passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My last name on both my birth certificate and license are the same but different on my social security card. Can I still get a passport or do I have to change my social security card?

Answer: You can proceed to applying for your U.S. passport. You will only need your birth certificate as evidence of U.S. citizenship and your driver's license as proof of identity.

Name difference
by: Anonymous

Question: I was living abroad for a few years and the embassy let me change my passport name through usage to one I've been using more often. However, that is the only form of picture ID I have, and when I went back to the US, if I want to work, how to I prove my name, and social security number to the employer or IRS if it is different? As it takes over 1 year to change my name in the court, I am not sure what to do.

Answer: Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 to find out if you can change your passport back to the name you are legally known for in the United States.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to have an ID of the state and a driver license but they say I can't because my social security and passport don't match. My passport has four names and my social security just three. Is that an issue? Now they are sending me to change my social security. And they need an original paper of my birth certificate, because the one I have is just a copy.

Answer: It is ideal that all your IDs (SS, driver's license, passport, etc) bear the same name.

Names dont match
by: Anonymous

Question: The name on my birth certificate, passport and social security is correct except on my green gard, they misspelled my first name by one letter, that’s it. Will that bring me problems, what should I do?

Answer: It might. You need to contact the USCIS regarding your green card.

Name discrepancy
by: Anonymous

Question: My DL and SSN both reflect my married name, my expired passport reflects my maiden name, divorce decree reflects name being changed back to the name on my previously issued passport. Can I renew my passport before I update my DL and SSN?

Answer: Since there will be no need to submit IDs for a renewal, you may renew your passport before taking care of your IDs.

Middle Name
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a middle name on my social security, but not on my passport what should I do?

Answer: The names on your passport and SS card do not need to match for you to travel using the passport.

Real ID
by: Anonymous

Question: Name in passport does not match name on social security card or driver's license.

Answer: Please contact the DMV for issues regarding Real ID.

DL & SS differnt from Birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I am going on a cruise and need to get a passport card. However, my last name on my birth certificate is different from my DL and SS. Will there be an issue getting my passport card?

Answer: Yes, there will be questions because of the name discrepancy. You will most likely be asked to present proof of legal name change.

REAL ID
by: Anonymous

Question: How can I apply for a REAL ID if my name on passport and social security card are different without changing name on both documents?

Answer: Please contact the DHS regarding Real ID.

Canada travel
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a U.S. permanent resident card and I am travelling to Canada for vacation for 2 weeks. What name should I use for my airline booking, the name on my passport or the name on my permanent resident card? I changed my name after marriage, my last names on the two documents don't match. Thank you.

Answer: Please book tickets in the name that appears in your passport.

Different spelling of first name on documents
by: Anonymous

Question: The name on my regular drivers license is Carole but the name on my birth certificate is Carol. I will need to legally change it before I apply for the new real license next year. I am taking a cruise and need to apply for my first passport right away before I get a legal name change. Will it be okay to have my passport for the cruise with Carol but my driver's license which I will need to book my airfare for my domestic flight to the destination port with Carole?

Answer: Hi, Carole. The name on your tickets and passport must match.

Middle initial on passport, full middle name on other IDs
by: Andrew Adams

Question: I am a dual citizen and am told by my other country that I cannot renew my passport since the name on my U.S. passport does not match the name on my other passport. Since it is my US passport that is "wrong", can I get it updated to include my full middle name?

Answer: Yes. You can submit a passport renewal to include your full middle name.

Last names are not matching on all documents
by: Anonymous

Question: The last name on my drivers license and my social security card are not the same. When I got married I didn't drop my last name, just added his to mine and hyphenated it. I never changed my name with social security so it still has my maiden name. I am since divorced and haven't yet changed my name back. Will I be able to get a passport without changing my name on either documentation?

Answer: It will be best to have your name match across all documents/IDs.

My passport doesn't have middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: I added a middle name to my SS and ID. Is it okay to travel with passport without middle name or I have to wait till I add it?

Answer: You may travel with your passport. Just make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your passport to avoid issues with TSA.

First name spelling on SS card and driver license differ from passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. My first name is spelled Jacquelyn on passport, but on all other documents it spelled Jacqueline. I would like to change the spelling on my passport. How do I go about requesting a spelling name change?

Answer: You may apply for a passport renewal, enter the right spelling on the form and include your birth certificate and a signed statement explaining the spelling discrepancy.

Name issue
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband uses his middle name as his first name and all legal documents (passport, Social Security, all bills even his current drivers license) but his birth certificate reads his middle name as his first name. Will this cause an issue trying to get a real ID drivers license?

Answer: Please contact the DMV regarding Real ID driver's license issues.

Different name in immigrant visa and social security card
by: Lee

Question: For some unknown reason, the immigration put FNU(first name unknown) under the GIVEN NAME in my immigrant visa. This, the name in immigrant visa is written FNU xxx( my name). Now, the name in the social security is without the word FNU.. DMV rejected to issue the driving license due to different name. May I know what shall I do?

Answer: Please contact USCIS regarding your immigrant visa issue.

My ss does not have my middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My social Security card has only my first and last name, but my naturalization, passport and ID all include my middle name. Do I have to make any changes in my SSN?

Answer: Ideally, yes.

Middle name in citizenship papers, No Middle name in Drivers License
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. My mother obtained her citizenship under her previous married name over 30 years ago and it included her Name, Middle name and married name at the time. She will be applying for her first US passport and her drivers license reflects her new married name but omits her middle name. Will the discrepancy between her citizenship paper having a middle name and her current drivers license not having it be an issue? Thank you.

Answer: It should not be an issue as long as a connection can be made between the citizenship evidence and ID she presents.

Name change to match on all her ID cards
by: Anonymous

Question: When my mother entered the country in the mid-1960s, she received her SS card with her full name matching what's on the green (alien) card. When she applied for naturalization in the early 1970s, her first (maiden family) name was dropped on her citizenship papers. The reduced name has appeared on her passport ever since but her SS card and subsequent Medicare blue/red card retained the original full name.

What is the best and easiest way to add back the full name on her passport as the missing first name different names between ID cards has caused some ID confirmation issues. We would prefer to add back than to drop the first name on her SS and Medicare card as all her medical records contain her full name. Through search of National Archive, I have a copy of my mother's original naturalization application showing the name dropped, in an official CD copy. This is the only official document that records my mother's name change history. Unfortunately we have no other certified documents. Please advise. Thanks.

Answer: Your mother needs to submit a new application. The passport will be issued in the name entered in the form as long as it is supported by the ID/s she presents with the application.

My name is different in order
by: Tommy Nguyen

Question: My passport name is different order from my SS and my driver license. For example my passport name is Tommy Anh Lee Nguyen. my SS and driver license is Anh Tommy Lee Nguyen. Is that okay? Or do I need to fix it. What do I need to do? Please help. Thank you.

Answer: The names on your IDs do not necessarily need to match your passport. Just make sure you book TICKETS in the name that appears in your passport to make sure you don't have issues when you travel.

My birth certificate and driver's license have different last names
by: Anonymous

Question: I applied for a passport but the name on my social security card doesn't match the name on my birth certificate or driver's license. Is there going to be a problem?

Answer: If the name you entered in the application matches the name on your citizenship document, there MAY be no issues. However, please be prepared to produce as many documents as you can to prove your identity should questions arise.

Last name is different on SS card
by: Anonymous

Question: I am 21 years old. I don’t talk to my father so I requested a name change and I got approved by the court. I sent my passport application with the name change document with the gold seal. I changed the name on my license but forgot to change my name on the Social Security card. Should I have an issue getting a passport?

Answer: If you presented and submitted a copy of your license with the application, you should have no issues with the application. You may check the status here: http://uspsg.net/status/

Different last names
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband was born in Mexico so he has his father and his mother's last name. When we got married, I adopted his first last name. The problem is when I went to re-issue my driver's license, it has both of my husband's last names.

My social security card has his first last name but my drivers license has both of his last names. It's as if I was his sister! I am applying for my first passport ever, will this be a problem??

Answer: It might since the passport is usually issued in the name that appears in the identification document submitted with the application. To avoid this, we recommend submitting your SS card plus another secondary ID bearing only your husband's first last name.

Sons last name on social and birth certificate are different
by: Jamie bolin

Question: My son's birth certificate has his father's last name ( I had it changed when he was 4). However, his social security card has my last name (it was never changed). Will he still be able to get a passport if both documents have different last names?

Answer: This may possibly cause an issue especially because it involves a child. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: This will be my first time applying for a passport, but my middle name was omitted from my social security card. My middle name is stated in both my DL and birth certificate. Will this be an issue when applying for a passport? If so, what procedures can I take to obtain a passport as soon as possible since I do have an unexpected trip in 3 weeks and applying for a passport via mail usually takes longer?

Answer: The omission of your middle name on your SS card should not be an issue. The passport will be issued in your full name (with middle) since it is supported by both your evidence of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate) and proof of identity (driver's license).

Since this is your first time to apply for a passport, you need to do it in person at an acceptance facility. You need to pay $60 for expedited service since you will be traveling in 3 weeks.

Social security
by: Anonymous

Question: Two letters were omitted from my middle name on my social security card. Will it affect me in future?

Answer: It might. Please have it corrected in order to avoid potential issues.

Middle name different
by: Alice

Question: When I got married 50 years ago, I started using my maiden name as middle name. My driver's license is like this. My passport has my birth middle name and my married last name. Social security has birth middle name and married last name. Should all be changed to maiden name as middle name and married last name?

Answer: Hello, Alice. Although not necessary, it is ideal to have all your IDs bear your current legal name or the name you use for most transactions.

Change last name on social security
by: Anonymous

Question: Do I need divorce papers ( just separated) if I change the last name on my ss card back to my maiden? all of my IDs are on my maiden name.

Answer: Please contact Social Security regarding your concern.

Can I Drop Middle Name In Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My SS card, drivers license, college certificates, financials and real estate show only my first and last name with records going back 30 years when I arrived in this country. My naturalization certificate and passport show first, middle and last name. My first U.S. passport expired six months ago. I am getting ready to renew my passport. Can I drop my middle when I renew my passport this time and what will I need?

Answer: You will need the typical renewal requirements plus a signed statement explaining that you want to drop the middle name on your passport.

Different first name in SS and PP
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My SS card has my middle names as first, and first name as last. My passport and all other papers are correct. I went to SS office, and they told me I need court paper. Do I really need to correct my name in SS card? Thank you.

Answer: While not necessary, it is recommended especially at this time when identity and citizenship evidence are of utmost importance.

Different last names
by: Anonymous

Question: My drivers license and SSN have identical names. However it is different from my passport and naturalization certificate which also have identical names. Can I change my passport to match DL and SSN? What is needed?

Answer: You need to provide proof of legal name change. This can be a court order, marriage certificate or divorce decree. Evidence of legal name change must be submitted with the passport renewal to have the name changed.

Hyphenation
by: Anonymous

Question: I booked plane tickets with my new married name. I have not changed any of my IDs yet. If I change my name to hyphenated version (maiden-married last name) and change my passport accordingly, will this affect plane tickets with just married last name on them, or any travel reservations with just (maiden name) on them? It does include international travel.

Answer: Any difference in the name between the passport and tickets will be an issue. This is why reservations must be booked in the name that appears in one's passport.

Passport Renewal, Middle Name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, when I got married and changed my last name, I kept my maiden name as middle name, but only the initial "A". So my SS card and passport both have the initial A as middle name. My drivers license has the full middle name. When renewing my passport I would like to have the full middle name again and filled the application DS-82 with the full name. Is this a problem or do I need to apply for new passport instead of renewal?

Answer: A renewal should suffice.

Name mismatch
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm divorced. My driver's license has my maiden name because the DMV made me change it. But my SS card has my married name because they wont let me change back to my maiden name. I just applied for a passport with my maiden name, will that cause a problem? I didn't know I couldn't change my name with social services until after I had already applied for my passport.

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Passport name is different from other documentation
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to renew my passport since it is expiring soon. I also would like to request a data change since my current passport uses my "aka" name that I obtained while being naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

Instead, I want my passport to match my driver's license and my SS name (legal name, not the aka name). It got really confusing after all this time knowing that my passport was the only document with a slightly different identity, so I thought this would be a good time to get that changed while renewing it at the same time. It's not an official name change, but rather a "correction" since both names are technically on my Certificate of Citizenship, so I believe I need to submit the DS-82 and the DS-5504. Am I right? Would I also need to submit my original certificate of citizenship as a proof of my legal name?

Answer: Since you cannot present proof of legal name change, you need to apply for a new passport in person. Please prepare the following and submit at an acceptance facility:

1. Form DS-11
2. Naturalization certificate plus photocopy
3. Proof of ID plus photocopy
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Changed name on social security card but not on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I had my name on my social security card changed to my married name recently, but I haven’t changed my name on my driver's license or my passport to reflect my new married name. I am going to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana in 3.5 months for vacation and my husband already booked all flights with my maiden name. Will this affect my international trip if I have a passport and drivers license with my maiden name and a social security card with my married name?

Answer: No, it will not. Only your tickets and passport need to match.

Maiden name became middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: When I changed my name after marriage with social security, my maiden name became my middle name. When I changed my name on my passport, my maiden name was added to my middle name (giving me two middle names). What is the best way to have my passport match my social security card exactly?

Answer: The passport and social security card do not have to match exactly. But if you deem it necessary, you may renew your passport so it will reflect the name you prefer.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My social security card has my middle name but my passport does not. Is this a problem to get a new real ID drivers' license? Do I need to get a new social security card with no middle name?

Answer: Please contact the DMV regarding Real ID requirements.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I was recently married and I had my name on my social security card changed to my married name, but I haven’t changed my name on my driver's license or my passport to reflect my married name. I am going to Canada in three weeks for a family trip and I don’t have time to get a new passport with my married name. Having a passport and drivers license with my maiden name and a social security card with my married name, will this affect travel between the two countries?

Answer: It should not be a problem.

Last name on SS card doesn't match drivers license
by: Anonymous

Question: Am I still able to fly if I never changed the last name on my social security card but I changed it on my driver's license. And is there a time limit to change your last name on SS card?

Answer: The mismatch should not matter since you will be presenting neither when you travel. What you should match are the names on your passport and tickets.

Please contact Social Security regarding name changes on your SS card.

Legal Name Change
by: Anonymous

Question: I am going on a last minute trip abroad with my children. I have been married for 7 years. I changed my last name to my married name (when we bought our house 5 years ago) on my license at the DMV, so I go by my married name on everything (all of our bills, any information I need to put my name down for our children, our health ins., EVERYTHING etc.), but LEGALLY I never changed my last name on my social security card. I am renewing my passport (which has my LEGAL name, not married name). Will this be an issue traveling, esp. with my children? Which brings me to my next question if it is an issue, in order to change my name on social security card, I need to bring a NOT expired drivers license, and passport.. both of these are expired, and NOTHING else of mine has my maiden name (as I stated I changed my name at the DMV, so I go by my married name for everything). What is the best plan of action in my situation?

Answer: Your legal name is your current married name even if you did not change it via Social Security. In light of the recent changes in the ID system, it is highly recommended that all your documents match -- especially your license, SS card and passport. Your best course of action is to apply for a new passport in your married name.

Different last name in passport
by: Geronimouh

Question: My last name was changed about 20 years ago when my mother was married again. I have the old last name in my social security card but i have the new name in my U.S. passport. I went to social security office to get a new social security card with my my updated name. I showed proof from my name change but they said that I'd have to change my name back to the old one because apparently the name change does not apply in the U.S. My name was changed in Finland where I've been living all my life. It doesn't make any sense to me. Is there anything I can do except changing my name?

Answer: You need to contact Social Security regarding your concern.

Different first name
by: Anonymous

Question: The name on my SS card is Joan and the name on my passport Jo-An with hyphen. Can I change my passport name? What procedure should I take?

Answer: You can simply apply for a passport renewal and enter Joan on the application form. It will help your case to send a signed request for the spelling to be corrected.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently renewed my NY driver's license. When I got married years ago I took only the middle initial of my maiden name since I was never given a middle name at birth. I was advised at DMV with the newest license I had to state my full maiden name as my middle or drop it completely. Since my SS and passport was changed with the initial, I decided to enter my full maiden on my license.

Moving forward, will it be an issue if my license has a full middle name but my social and passport only show a letter as a middle? Both my first and last name are the same on all documents.

Answer: It should not be an issue. It will be unlikely that you will need to present your license and passport when you travel.

First names doesn’t match
by: Mpkuz

Question: Since the age of 16, I have been using my American nick name or translation of my European birth name. My passport and driver's license have my American name. My birth certificate and social security have my European name. Therefore, all photo documents have my American translated European name. Ie Marrissa vs Matthew. Can I make the change on my passport back to my official European name?

Answer: You can. Since this is not an official name change, you cannot apply for a passport renewal with name change. You need to apply for a new passport using Form DS-11. The passport will be issued in the name you enter in the application form as long as it is supported by your evidence of U.S. citizenship.

Divorced and renewing passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I was divorced 6 months ago. I changed my married name to maiden name on my SS card and credit card. Name change on driver's license just went through 1 week ago, but checks have not changed name. International travel tickets purchased in married name. Can I renew in married name so it matches travel docs and therefore have no problems?

Answer: Yes, you can renew your passport in your married name.

Name mismatch
by: Anonymous

Question: I did not live in the States over 20 years and my driver's license has been expired too long. I need to apply a new one. However, my SS cards name is different from my passport name. Not only because my passport has my husband's last name, but my passport does not have the first name I used since college which shows on my SS card. The DMV people said I could only change one of the document's name before they could let me take the exam.

Answer: Please contact the DMV for advice on the matter.


Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I changed my last name as I got married recently and have my new social security card. I haven’t changed my name with the DMV yet. I need to apply for a passport since we are traveling in the next two months . Can I take my new SS card and my ID with my maiden name and obtain one?

Answer: If you want your passport to have your married name, you need to present a primary ID (driver's license) or at least 2 secondary IDs (SS card plus another ID) with your married name on it. We recommend changing the name with DMV first to make the passport application process easier.

New passports are issued in the name entered in the application form as long as that name is supported by either the applicant's evidence of U.S. citizenship or proof of identity.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: My parents just got married last year. I'm planning to renew my passport and planning to go vacation. Does my passport and SS card or green card need to match with my passport? Will I get in trouble in the airport if they don't match? Thank you.

Answer: As far as travel is concerned, only your passport and tickets need to match. However, we recommend that you contact CBP regarding re-entry with a name mismatch on the passport and green card.

Last name doesn’t match ticket
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is not expired. The last name on the passport is my previous married name. Since then, I have gotten remarried. We are going on a cruise (not traveling by air, closed loop cruise) but the tickets are booked in my new last name that does not match my passport. Will this be an issue?

Answer: The mismatch may cause an issue. Please contact the cruise line to verify.

Middle name SS card and Passport do not match.
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a middle name in my social security card but I don't have middle in passport. Can I avoid using the middle name while applying for new "Real ID" in DMV office, social security card, driving license and passport doesn't contain middle name?

Answer: You need to contact the DMV regarding your concern.

Do the names on my SSN Card and passport have to match?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am applying for a passport for my child. His middle name was wrong. We corrected that on his birth certificate. Do we have to correct it on his SSN card before applying to passport because we don't have time and our travel date is approaching. Thanks.

Answer: It is not necessary for the application. However, we advise that you have the name changed on the SSN soon after your trip.

ID, SSN, and legal name don't match
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married recently. My ID, SS card, and birth certificate still have my maiden name but I took his last name. Will I have an issue applying for a passport? Do I apply with my maiden name or my new legal name?

Answer: It is recommended that you apply for your passport in your current legal name. Before submitting your application, you must change your name on your driver's license and other IDs to avoid issues with name mismatch.

Missing middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's (less than 1 month old) birth certificate and Social Security card do not have a middle name. We are adding a middle name to his birth certificate, but don't have enough time to also add it to his a social security card before applying for his passport. The passport app asks for a SS number. Will it matter they don't match since his SS card doesn't have the new middle name?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

New passport application and DL error
by: Anonymous

Question: The DMV reverted to my maiden last name on my last license renewal versus my maiden name (middle) as previously shown. I have an expired passport with the correct information, but am 3 months past the date to renew. I need to reapply for a passport, but it has to match what is on my SSC for my security clearance. The DMV will not change my middle name back without a legal name change or a new passport with the name I have been using for 20 years since marriage and registering with the SS Office. I actually applied for a new passport, but the after telling the acceptance agent that my DL had an error and telling her my husband was there to witness and sign an affidavit to my name, she said it would be fine using my DL and it would come back with what was on my application, but it did not. What can I do to get a new passport with my correct information without a valid ID?

Answer: You may use your expired U.S. passport as a valid ID as long as it is undamaged and issued when you were over 16 years old.

Name change after marriage
by: Anonymous

Question: I am applying for a passport for the first time. My name has not been changed on my social security card; it displays my maiden name. Will I need to use my maiden name when applying for a passport or can I use my married name?

Answer: Your social security card is only a secondary form of identity. If you have a driver's license in your married name, you may present it with your application for a new passport instead.

International marriage
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I got married recently overseas and now I want to change my last name on my passport. I have our marriage certificate translated to English and notarized but not in America. Will the passport agency except it to change my last name?

Answer: It should be accepted. Please submit the original document and the translation with the rest of the renewal requirements.

Adoption name mismatch
by: Ann

Question: My name on my SS card (which had to match the name on naturalization certificate) and the name on my passport (shortened last name and commonly used pre-naturalization) are different. How can I prove that these are one in the same?

Need to prove this for international adoption proposes.

Answer: Please contact the adoption agency for advice on the matter.

Can I use my SS card as proof of name change?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired three years ago and I want to renew it by mail. It has my maiden name and I now have a married name. Can I submit a copy of my updated SS card to prove I've changed my name? My marriage certificate does not show my change of name.

Answer: The SS card will not suffice. You need to submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate as evidence of legal name change. It will be accepted as such on the assumption that a woman takes her spouse's name after marriage.

Name on passport does not match SSN or D/L
by: Anonymous

Question: My SSN has my Last name as First Name and First Name as Last whereas my Passport is correct with First and Last Name. What is the process to correct my SSN Name and D/L?

Answer: Please contact the SSA and the DMV regarding your SS card and license name change.

Different first name
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate reads Martha but since I was never called that, I use my middle name, maiden name and married name. That is what is on my drivers license and SS card.
I need to renew my passport but it has my real first name, middle name and married name. Will this be a problem when I travel.

Answer: It will not be a problem as long as your tickets match the name on your passport.

Name change on expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired a year and a half ago and I want to renew it, but with my married name. Will I be able to do this with my marriage certificate if my social security information still has my maiden name?

Answer: Yes, you can. Since your passport has not been expired for over 5 years, you can still apply for a renewal with name change via mail. Please mail the following to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Original or certified copy of marriage certificate
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

It will not matter that your SS card is in a different name.

Can I change the name on my SS Card?
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I change the middle and last name on my SS card by only presenting my passport card that already has my legal name?

When I submitted my marriage certificate and citizenship certificate to the Department of State to get my passport card they lost those documents so I have no other proof of my legal name now other than my passport!

Answer: Please contact the SSA regarding your concern.

Passport missing name
by: Anonymous

Question: The last name on my social card has 2 names and my passport only has 1 name and therefore they don't match and I cannot get any state ID or my drivers license. What can I do to fix this?

Answer: The names on your social security card and passport do not have to match exactly. You should not have any issues using your passport as long as you book tickets in the name that appears in it.

SS card does not match marriage license
by: Anonymous

Question: I signed my marriage license with my husbands last name, after words I realized I wanted to hyphenate it instead. I started hyphenating it in my immigration paperwork. Will I have problems? I have not changed my social security card yet after I married. Can I still hyphenate my maiden and husband's last name on my SS card?

Answer: Please contact the SSA regarding your SS card.

Names don't match on SS card, DL and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am traveling to Europe in three weeks. My passport and driver's license are under my maiden name, as well as my airline reservations. If I am to change my name on my social security card to reflect my married name (I need to do this for work immediately) are there any concerns when traveling overseas? Is my social security number in any way linked to my passport?

Answer: The name on your passport does not need to match that on your SS card. There should not be a problem.

Passport name
by: Anonymous

Question: My DL and SS card have my first, MI, maiden name and married name. My passport has first name, MI, and married name. I need to renew my passport. Do I need to change my passport to match my DL? Or do I book my tickets like my passport shows? I almost didn't get on a flight to Mexico because my passport didn't have my maiden name included on it.

Answer: You can keep the name on your passport as it is. Just make sure to book your tickets in the exact name that appears in your passport to avoid issues with TSA.

Names not matching
by: nicolien

Question: After my naturalization ceremony last year, I got my U.S. passport for immediate travel. It does not match my social security/driver's license name.

I have never applied for a name change after I got married 32 yrs ago, I just used different parts of my maiden name ever since I lived here. What do I need to do to change my name in my passport so that it matches my social security- and drivers license name that I have had for the past 32 years?

Answer: If you cannot present proof of legal name change, you need to apply for an entirely new passport. The new one will be issued in the name you enter in the application as long as it is supported by the ID/s you present.

Different last names
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm going to travel in 3 weeks but I have a passport book with married last name and had applied for a passport ID which got made with maiden last name because of divorce. Would it be a problem coming back to the U.S? I'm traveling by car.

Answer: You should have no issues getting back in as long as your arrive with a valid passport book or card. Just present one or the other.

Misspelled middle name on SS
by: Anonymous

Question: I am about to apply for a passport but just realized the middle name on my social security card is misspelled by one letter but correct on my driver's license and birth certificate. Can I still get passport with this issue?

Answer: Yes. You will only need to submit your birth certificate and a photocopy of your driver's license.

Middle name out on ssc but on dl
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to get screened for work but my drivers license has my middle name but my SS card just has my first and last. Will that be a problem?

Answer: You need to contact the company regarding your concern.

Name change question
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I am getting married in July and going to Mexico in August. I booked my tickets in my maiden name and will not be changing my license or passport until after my trip. However, I am wondering if I can apply for a new social security card before my trip or if my social security card and passport and license all have to be the same. Thanks.

Answer: Only your tickets and passport have to match.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I got married in 2008 and still haven’t changed my social security card but my drivers license is my maiden and married name. I’m curious if I have to change my name on social security card before I can renew my passport or if I need my marriage certificate or is it okay to just renew with my maiden name and not take my marriage certificate?

Answer: It is not necessary to change the name on your SS card in order to change the name on your passport. Instead, you will need to submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate when you renew your passport. This should serve as your evidence of legal name change.

Alternatively, you can apply for a new passport instead of a renewal. This will not require you submit your marriage certificate. The passport will be issued in the name you enter in the application as long it matches the name on the ID you present. You will have to apply in person at an acceptance facility pay the $35 execution fee.

Will I have a problem
by: Anonymous

Question: Change my SS to my married name but I applied with my maiden last name. Will it be a problem to get my passport?

Answer: No, it will not.

Name changed during green card interview
by: Maani

Question: I wanted to change my last name as it was too long and got an idea to ask my officer during the green card interview. They allowed to change my last name. My green card came with the new last name and I was able to change my SSN card. But when it came to my banks and real estate license, I encountered a problem as they all wanted a prove of my name change(court letter). I literally don't have anything other than my green card and SSN. I could convince some and some would not accept.

Now for the first time, I'm going on a trip outside of the US with my Iranian passport. The country of destination doesn't need visa for green card holders but needs passport anyways. My passport last name and other US documents wont match now! So, is there gonna be any problem going and coming back?

Answer: There may be some questions that will arise but as long as your green card and passport are valid, you can still re-enter the United States. We recommend that you contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office before going on your trip to see if you need any other special documents to facilitate re-entry.

First name switches to middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My first name and middle name on my passport and naturalization document is Peter James Chan but the name on SS card and driver's license is James Peter Chan. Will it arise a problem? Or I have to make them match?

Answer: It should not be a problem. However, when you travel, you need to make sure your passport and tickets match to avoid issues with TSA.

First Name Different on DL & Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: The first name on my driver's license and passport are different (Sue and Susan). I would like to get verified driver's license, should I change my first name on the license to match my passport? Passport has birth certificate name.

Answer: It is ideal that the name on your passport and IDs match but it is not required.

Maiden name
by: Anonymous

Question: My SS has my maiden name still. My passport, license, and airline ticket has my married name. Will I still be able to fly?

Answer: Yes, you will be able to fly without issues as long as your tickets are booked under the same name that appears on your passport.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: I have my middle name in my passport but I don't want to use it. Can I avoid using the middle name while applying for new credit cards, social security card, driving license or do need to apply for new passport that doesn't contain middle name?

Answer: The answer to your question depends on the issuing office of the IDs and the bank you have credit cards for.

Missmatch name
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's last name in his SS card does not match the current name in his passport. There is an hyphen in the SS card however it does not appear in the passport.

Answer: It should not be a problem.

New drivers license does not match
by: Anonymous

Question: In Hawaii they put part of my last name as my middle name. (I have 2 last names that are not hyphenated) The passport office in Hawaii would only allow my passport to look like my driver’s license. I am now in Utah and Utah DL made me hyphenate my last name. My plane tickets have a hyphenated last name. Can I get my new passport to be hyphenated to match my current license. My legal documents have both last names without a hyphen. My license has the hyphen.

Answer: TSA may provide leniency on the hyphen since it is a very minor detail. It should not be an issue when you travel but if you want, you can renew your passport to include the hyphen.

Last name spelled different
by: Anonymous

Question: My SS card has my last name slightly different than that in passport, visa and I-20 by 1 letter. My SS card has my last name spells -HOL, but my passport, visa and I-20 have my last name spells -HON due to error during application. Will this be a problem?

Answer: It should not be an issue when traveling as long as your ticket matches your passport. We cannot say the same for other situations that require paperwork, though.

Travel to Alaska
by: Anonymous

Question: I was married in 2016 and I didnt want to change my license or passport because i wanted to keep my maiden name on them, but I was told I had to change my SSN card.
Will having maiden name on my DL and passport but married name on my SSN card prevent me from traveling through Canada from the lower 48 back home to Alaska? Thank you for any help!

Answer: No, the difference in the names on your passport, license and SS card will not cause you issues when you travel.

SSN and passport name different
by: Anonymous

Question: I just got married and changed my last name with social security and my drivers license. I am traveling to Mexico and realized my passport is still in my maiden name. If I book the ticket in my maiden name will I be fine? I have read that once you change your name with social security, your passport is no longer valid.

Answer: Your passport will remain valid even if you changed your name with Social Security and the DMV. You may continue to travel with your current passport as long as you book your tickets in your maiden name.

Jr. not on passport.
by: GRT

Question: My passport does not have Jr after my last name. My new driver’s license will have. Will I have a problem traveling out of the country?

Answer: As long as the names on your tickets and passport match, you should have no issues. You will most likely not be asked to present your driver's license, your passport should also serve as an ID.

First name don’t match
by: Anonymous

Question: I changed my first name legally and I updated my SSN and my ID but not my green card. And I have my foreign passport wit my old name Can I still travel outside the US even though names don’t match because I have a document from the court that indicates my name change.

Answer: Please contact the USCIS or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding your concern.

Driver license hyphenated with married name
by: Anonymous

Question: I have been married and divorced, before 911 I was able to add my husband's last name as hyphenated to my drivers licenses before we were even married. I never change my social security card. Do you think this will the be a problem with my DMV ID with my married name hyphenated and my SS card in my birth name?

Answer: Your passport will be issued in the name you enter in the passport application as long as the name is supported by either your citizenship evidence or proof of identity.

The hyphenated last name should not be an issue but passport services may request for evidence of legal name change.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I've been married 26 years and never changed my maiden name on my social security card. My drivers license has married name. I need to get a passport for a cruise. Do I need to change my social security name to reflect married name before I get a passport? This is my first passport.

Answer: No, you do not. Your new passport will be issued in the name you enter in the application form as long as it is supported by either your citizenship evidence or primary ID (driver's license). Passport services may also request evidence of legal name change.

You do not need to change the name on your SS card before you apply.

Fist Name does not match passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My wife got her green-card last week, and we notice her first name misspelled by one letter (Zharaa) from her original first name on her passport spelled as (Zahraa).

Will this cause any issues coming back to the US
Note: now her SS and DL match her GC (the misspelled) fist name)

Answer: The slight difference in the spelling should not be an issue. Please contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or the USCIS for confirmation.

DL and Social
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a passport and I need to apply for a new one because it is expired. My question is my social will match my passport but my DL will not. Will this be okay to fly out of the country or do I need to change it to the name on my DL?

Answer: It should be okay. Your passport and driver's license may not exactly match. You will most likely only be asked to present your passport while you travel.

SSC and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I was recently married and am planning to change my last name. If I change my SS and drivers license, am I also required to pay a fee to change my passport name? Or can I just use my passport in my maiden name until it expires?

We have a trip to Europe in 2 months, and then a trip to SE Asia in 6 months that requires visa's to certain countries. So if I do need to change my passport name, I just need to figure out timing of how to fit in the passport change/visa applications.

Thanks!

Answer: You may continue to use the passport in your maiden name until it expires. In order to avoid issues, we recommend that you apply for visas and book your tickets in the same name that appears on your current passport.

Married name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I legally hyphenated my maiden and married name last year but I haven't changed it on my passport. Can I still use my passport, with just my maiden name, for my cruise or do I need to get a new one with both names? My passport is still current.

Answer: You may continue using your current passport. If your cruise reservation is booked in your married name, you need to contact the cruise line you are traveling with to verify if you also need to bring your marriage certificate.

Renewing passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My old passport has my maiden last name + married last name, but when I filled out my renewal application I didn’t include my maiden last name. Will this be a problem? Is this considered a name change even though I’m really only getting rid of my maiden name?

Answer: No, it will not be a problem.

Applying for passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently found out my passport is expired and am flying out of the country in 2 months. My social security card reflects my married name and my divorce papers have not been fully processed yet so I have not been able to change the name on my social security card. My drivers license and bank information are all in my maiden name and I have booked my flight under my maiden name because I thought my passport was still good. I intend to change my social security card back to my maiden name but it will not process until after my planned trip. I am applying for my passport now, do I have to have it match my social security card name?

Answer: It does not matter that your SS card has your married name. Assuming that you are applying for a passport in your maiden name, you can simply submit a copy of your driver's license as proof of identity.

The requirements for a new passport are listed below:

1. Form DS-11 (completed but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate)
3. ID and photocopy
4. One passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Routine service takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete. Considering that the holidays are fast approaching, we recommend that you request for expedited service to get your passport in 2 to 3 weeks.

You may locate and schedule an appoint through the State Department's new online system.

SS card and passport names are different
by: John C.

Question: I need to renew my passport, but realized the name shown in passport is different than in my SS card.

Will it affect my passport renew?

Do I need to change name before I renew the passport?

Answer: The difference will not prevent you from renewing your passport because you do not need to submit a copy of your SS card with the renewal application.

Marriage Certificate Question
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, when I got married, I opted to change my name legally which I processed in New York. But I never followed up by changing my DL and SS. I need to renew my passport ASAP. Can I renew under my maiden name? Thank you!

Answer: You can renew your passport under your maiden name. You can also renew and apply for a name change at the same time. You just need to submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate with the renewal application.

Last name still maiden name on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am going to South Africa in March and I changed my last name (got married) but I never changed my last name on my passport. Will I be able to travel to South Africa or do I need to change my passport?

Answer: There will be no need to apply for a renewal with name change as long as your tickets are booked in the name that appears on your passport.

Also, South Africa requires your passport to be valid for at least 30 days.

Expired Passport does not match driver's license
by: Anonymous

Question: My recently expired passport has my middle name, which is my maiden name. However my driver's license does not have my middle name. Can I renew my passport via mail or will I have to apply in person?

Answer: If your passport is in good condition, you can renew your passport via mail. It will not matter if your passport does not match your driver's license.

Names on SSN and DL do not match
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to reapply for a passport as mine has expired over 30 years ago. My DL has only my married name on it while my SS card has a hyphenated maiden and married name. Should I get a new DL and passport with my hyphenated name or can I get a new passport with only my married name? Is it OK that my DL and my passport names do not match my SS card?

Answer: You may apply for your new passport with your married name. There will be no need to submit a copy of your SS card so it should not matter if the name on it matches the name on your driver's license and passport.

DL and passport do not match
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has first name, middle initial from maiden name. I just renewed my DL and it shows my full name which doesn't include initial. Middle name is not the same as maiden name. Will this affect my passport?

Answer: No, it will not affect your passport.

SSN and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: The spelling of the fist name on my birth certificate and SSN does not match my current passport. Initially my first ever passport had the misspelled name like my SSN and birth certificate, but during my passport renewal,my parents corrected my name and since then, I have 3 passports ( including current) of the corrected name. However, since I live outside the US due to my family's business I had not been able to come over and correct the SSN name. As I am applying for FAFSA now, will me having different name spelling in passport and SSN have any negative effect on filing the FAFSA? If so, should I file the FAFSA with my incorrect spelling? If I do use the incorrect spelling, will that affect my travel into and out of the US due to different name spellings?

Answer: Please contact the FAFSA for assistance.

Names
by: Anonymous

Question: The last name on my passport doesn't match my SSN and U.S. citizen State ID. Is that going to affect my family emigration case?

Answer: Please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for concerns regarding immigration.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I just got married & will be changing my last name. We are traveling to England next month. Can I change my name legally on my drivers license & SS card now and leave my maiden name on my passport? I am not sure if I will have my passport in time if I change it now but want to make sure it is okay to travel abroad with my current passport.

Answer: Yes, you can delay changing the name on your passport until after your trip. However, you need to book your tickets in your maiden name to avoid issues with TSA.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My current passport has the middle name given to me at birth, but I want to use my maiden name as my middle name on the passport I am renewing. Can I provide a copy of my driver's license to show the change I wish to make? It is not a legal name change matter. Can I renew by mail?

Answer: If you cannot document the change, you cannot renew your passport via mail. Instead you need to apply for a new passport in person.

Please prepare the following:

1. Form DS-11 (filled in with the name you want but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Proof of identity (driver's license with the new name)
4. Photocopy of ID
5. New passport photo
6. Payment for fees

You need to take these requirements to a nearby acceptance facility. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My last passport has my first name, given middle name, and last name. I want to change only the middle name on the passport. I am renewing to my maiden name so that it will line up with my driver's license and other documents. Will I be able to renew by mail if I wish to make that small change? If so, do I need to provide any documentation and what kind?

Answer: Yes, you may still apply for a renewal by mail as long as you can provide evidence of legal name change. This can be a court order or divorce decree.

Last name not matching
by: Anonymous

Question: It's my first time applying for a passport. My divorce decree allowed me to change my last name back to my maiden last name; therefore, my Birth Certificate & SS Card have my maiden last name. However, I never did change my driver's licence back. Can I still apply for a passport? If so what last name would it be issued under?

Answer: Yes, you may still apply for a passport. Your passport will be issued in the name that fill the application in. Since you cannot submit primary proof of identity (driver's license), you may submit a combination of secondary proof of identity. This can be your Social Security Card and any other ID that shows your current legal name.

Question about SS
by: Anonymous

Question: I currently have a passport card but I want to fix the name to match my social. My first name is pronounced the same but my last name the first two letters are in different spots. I doubt that Ii need a court order. Can I just send in documents with the name how it is on my social?

Answer: The names on your passport and social security card do not need to match. But if you want to change the name on your passport, you will need a court order as evidence of legal name change.

Another option is to submit at least 3 public records that prove exclusive use of the name for at least 5 years. More often than not, applicants who go this route are asked to submit more documents which delays the process. We recommend that you provide primary evidence of legal name change to avoid issues.

Name on SS card doesn't match name on passport or DL
by: Anonymous

Question: How do I go about changing my name on my passport and DL to match that on my SS card?

Answer: You need to change the name on your driver's license at the local DMV office. To change the name on your passport, you need to submit the following:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Evidence of legal name change
4. Payment for fees

If it has been less than a year since your passport was issued, please use Form DS-5504 instead of DS-82. There will also be no fee if you use Form DS-5504 unless you want the process expedited.

Married name doesn't match passport with previous married name
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a passport with my previous married name on it and I am now re-married. Can I still use that passport for my upcoming trip to Mexico? My driver's license and Social Security number are under my new married name.

Answer: Yes, you may travel to Mexico with your current passport as long as it is valid and you book your tickets in the same name that appears in it.

Maiden name on my social but not ID
by: Carla

Question: I am planning to apply for my first passport. I am married and changed my name with the DMV but never changed my last name with the SS office. I intend on using my married name on my passport application, would that cause any delays?

Answer: It should not cause any problem if you present and submit a copy of your driver's license. Since you are applying for your first passport, we also recommend that you include the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate as proof of legal name change. All your documents will be returned to you.

Process of name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I booked my flight with my married name/name on my passport but have recently changed my name on my SS card and drivers license (due to divorce) back to my maiden name. Is my passport with my married last name still valid?

Answer: TSA's Secure Flight Program requires that the names on your airline tickets and passport match. You should have no problems boarding your flight.

However, in case you'll be asked to present additional identification, it may be prudent to bring a copy of your divorce decree to establish the link between the name on your passport and the name on your IDs.

What is considered acceptable documentation?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has my married name and I am recently divorced. My divorce decree did not include a name change, but I have recently updated my DL and SSN to reflect my maiden name which is in my birth certificate. I want to change the name on my passport back to my maiden name.
I read that I can try to show 5 years of documentation showing that I have used my maiden name, what is acceptable documentation?

Answer: Since you cannot use your divorce decree as evidence of legal name change, you need to submit at least 3 public records showing your date and place of birth that show exclusive use of your assumed name for at least 5 years.

Please note that you may be asked to send more documents which could delay the process. We recommend you get a court order for your name change.

Flight is tomorrow
by: Anonymous

Question: My driver's license has my first, middle and last name and booked my flight with using it too. My passport does not have my middle name on it. Could this cause me a problem?

Answer: TSA may provide some leniency with regard to middle names. We recommend having your driver's license handy in case you're asked to provide additional identification. Also, please contact the airline you are flying with for advice on the matter.

Marriage certificate does not match
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm trying to obtain a passport but just realized that my marriage certificate has the last name of my first marriage on it. Can I still receive a passport or can I still apply for one?

Answer: If you are applying for a passport for the first time and your identification document has your married name on it, your marriage certificate should not be necessary. However, some agents do request it and, therefore, we recommend that married applicants send them.

Since your marriage certificate does not have your current married name on it, you should not send it unless you were issued a passport in the past. Your application may be processed. If a name change document is requested and it has not been more than five years since the change occurred, you will need to obtain a court ordered name change.

If you were issued a passport in the past, a name change will be required with your application form.

Name change prior to 9/11
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. Prior to 9/11 I was able to add my step-father's last name to all documents. I never went to court to officially have it changed. My social security card has both last names (not hyphenated), my license has my step father's last name as my last name and my birth last name as middle name along with my middle name, my taxes have been filed under both last names. In applying for a passport would I apply with both last names or just the name on my birth certificate?

Answer: You should enter your current legal name on the passport application. Since you did not petition for a court ordered name change, you must submit multiple documents that prove exclusive use of your name for a period of more than 5 years.

Change Passport to SSN name
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport slightly misspells my name. I am in the process of renewing it and requesting a correction, but do not have my birth certificate. Is my Social Security Card sufficient evidence of my correct name?

Answer: Your Social Security card is not acceptable evidence. Please submit your original or a certified copy of your birth certificate if the passport is in your birth name or legal name change document if it has been changed. We recommend you also include a brief letter explaining the error with your passport renewal application.

Renewal DL Passport & SS card differ
by: Confused

Question: My passport has: first name, middle initial, an initial for my maiden name and full married last name. My SS card has all four names spelled out and evidently considers the forth name (married name) as my legal last name. My DL has all four names spelled out but it is hyphenated between maiden and married name (evidently this considers the last name as maiden-married). Can I just renew the passport card as it is, or do I need to apply for a new one matching my drivers license, or is none of this even possible since the DL is hyphenated and the SS is not? I'm so confused.

Answer: You can renew your passport card as it is. The name in your passport does not have to match exactly the name on your driver's license or SS card.

Do not have my passport with me. How to find out what the exact name is on it?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am making airline reservations for an upcoming trip to Mexico. My passport is at my home while I am out of state for two months. Is there an online way for me to verify the exact name on my passport so I do not run into name problems on my airline reservation. For example, I am pretty sure my passport is just my first and last name with no middle initial.

Answer: There is no way to verify this information online or by phone.

name differences
by: Anonymous

Question: My name on passport is different then my social security card. Does it matter?

Answer: It is not an issue.

Passport name and address change
by: Anonymous

Question: After getting married, I recently got my middle name, last name and address changed on my passport. My driver's license and SSN are on my maiden name. Is it mandatory to change them as per new passport name?

Answer: Please contact DMV and SSA for information about those documents.

What about dashes in first name?
by: Anonymous

Question: My birth certificate and social security both have a dash in my first name (Anna-Belle), but my passport recognizes it as first and middle (Anna Belle). My driver's license has it together without that dash (Annabelle). Should I get a name change (court order) to fix it all or can I simply change the passport?

I am worried if this discrepancy will hurt me later on in life.

Answer: If your birth certificate lists Anna-Belle as your first name and that is how you want it to be listed, then it should not be necessary to obtain a court order. You can apply for a correction to your passport without any additional cost. Mail a completed form DS-5504, passport, birth certificate and a brief letter of explanation to the address on the form. There is no fee unless you request expedited service.

Ss does not match license or passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I had my SS card changed with my middle name changed and last name (married name). My license and passport reflect my previous middle name and maiden last name. Can I still travel to Bahamas or do I need to get passport and license updated?

Answer: If it has been more than 6 weeks since your name was legally changed, it is recommended that you apply for a passport name change. However, if you booked your flight in your maiden name, you may be able to travel without any problems. Please contact the airline for more information about travel document requirements.

Passport names
by: Anonymous

Question: I just received my passport for travel next month. My passport has my first and last name and my DL has first middle (maiden) and last name. Can I still travel without the middle name on the passport? Going to Jamaica.

Answer: Yes, you can travel with just your first and last names in your passport.

full 3 name and two names
by: Anonymous

Question: I have had a valid passport with 2 of my legal names. However, it does not have my middle name. My driver's license and social security card have three names. Can I renew my passport with only 2 names?

Answer: Yes, you can.

Driver's license and passport name
by: Anonymous

Question: I've been married since 2011 and my passport has my first, middle, last name prior to getting married. It does not match my current drivers license which is my first name, maiden name, new last name. Can I still travel internationally? Do I need to carry any documentation with me when I travel reflecting my married name? I will be traveling in about a month. I don't know if I will have the new passport in time.

Answer: You can travel internationally with your current passport. However, you should book your flight in the same name that is in your passport. We do recommend you carry a copy of your marriage certificate.

Name change
by: Judith Huston

Question: My passport has my first, middle and married name but my drivers license has my first, maiden name and married name. I will be traveling to Alaska through Canada and by air. Do both need to have the exact match of my names?

Answer: Your passport and driver's license do not have to match. If you plan to enter Canada, the name on your ticket must match the name in your passport.

Name in Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Does the passport application go off your social security number or drivers license number?

Answer: The passport generally is issued in the name shown on the evidence of citizenship and identity, unless the applicant’s name is subsequently changed by court order or through a customary change of name.

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