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Passport Name Change Due to Marriage

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Individuals who choose to change their names due to marriage will need to update their documents, including a passort. While the name change process is pretty straight forward, specific situations may raise questions. For this reason, we have included this FAQ section that includes answers to questions concerning the use of a married name in a passport by our visitors.

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What is the cost to change name on passport after marriage?  Question: What fees am I required to pay to change the name on a passport due to marriage and where do I apply?...

Marriage Certificate and Passport Name Change  Answers to questions about marriage certificate requirements when applying for a passport name change.

How long will it take to get my name changed passport?  Question: I realize that there are expediters for name changes on passports. 1)I have recently been legally married and have changed my name 2)...

Can I have two middle names on my passport?  I have a couple of very complicated questions/situations. I want my passport to reflect my FULL legal name with both middle names. Is that possible given my situation?

Is name change in passport after marriage required or suggested?  Question: After I get married and change my name, is a new passport "required" or just suggested? Also, if an updated passport is required to go to another ...

Does your passport number change when you change names?   Question: I am getting married on July 31 and am traveling to Europe on September 3rd and again on November 20th. I would like to change my name after ...

How do I make sure I get my old passport and marriage license back?  Question: I read to help reduce the risk of my old passport and marriage license getting lost or misplaced I should "choose a two-way overnight delivery ...

Can I keep the visa pages from my current passport?  Question: I have visa stamps from really cool countries, and I would hate to lose them when I have to mail in my old passport. I need a new passport ...

Using Maiden Name in Passport

Can I continue to use my passport in my maiden name?  Question: I got married last year in the US and legally changed my name. My husband and I are currently living in Guatemala and my residency visa is ...

Will my maiden name appear as my middle name on my new passport?  Question: I need to renew my passport for an upcoming trip, but I'm concerned with how my name will appear to book the tickets. When I got married I ...

Can I travel with my passport even though it has my maiden name?  Question: When booking my vacation I didn't think about the fact my passport has my maiden name on it. My flight ticket is booked in my married name....

Can I keep the visa pages from my current passport?  I have visa stamps from really cool countries, and I would hate to lose them when I have to mail in my old passport. I need a new passport because I got married. Is there anything I can do to keep them?

Divorced but passport was originally in maiden name  Question: I received my passport before I was married, then once I got married, I sent it in for the stamp that shows my married name. I am now divorced and went back to my maiden name. I need to renew my passport. Do I have to mail in my divorce decree?

How do I change back to maiden name in passport?  Question: I divorced 14 years ago and I want to change my name back to my maiden name. I do not have a court order. What do I need to do to change the name on my passport?

Recently divorced and changed back to maiden name  Question: I still have my old driver's license and old bank debit card with my married name and my new license and bank debit card with changed name. My checkbook still has my married name on it. I'm wondering if the same goes for my passport.

Travel with my passport in maiden name and marriage certificate  Question: My driver's license has my married name but my passport still has my maiden name. If I have a certified copy of my marriage certificate, will I be allowed to travel like this?

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