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Passport Name Change

by Jenilyn
(Chicago, IL)

Question: Hello, I was just recently married and changed my name. My current passport expires in a few years. When I apply for a new passport, will it also expire then?

Also, can this be done in person at the post office? If so, will I be able to keep my marriage certificate? Is it the same fee as mailing in the required documents? Thank you, Jenilyn

Answer: The new passport will be valid for 10 years.

Post offices do not process passport applications. They only serve as agents to witness the signature of applicants who apply for a new, first-time passport.

Requests for a passport name change must be mailed to the address on the form. Since your current passport was issued more than one year ago, you must apply for a renewal using Form DS-82.

Besides the completed application form, a recent passport photo and the payment, you must include the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate. A certified copy can be obtained through the vital records office of the state in which you were married.

To minimize the risk of loss or destruction of documents, you are encouraged to use a secure packaging method such as a Tyvek envelope and send the packet by a traceable delivery method.

Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks. You can request expedited service and get the passport returned in 2-3 weeks. If you need your passport sooner, you must apply at a regional passport agency or through a professional expediting service. For more information, click the links below.

How to Renew a Passport

Chicago Passport Agency

Apply to Expedite Passport Name Change

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Name change before passport was issued
by: Anonymous

Question: I filed for a name change on October 27 and it was signed by the judge on December 6. I obtained the certified copy on December 16.

I applied for a passport on November 17 and the passport's issue date is December 17.
I want to update the name on my passport with my new legal name. In my situation, can I use the form DS 5504? Won't there be an issue since my name change happened before my passport was issued?

Answer: You may still use Form DS-5504. Please send the original court order for your name change.

You may contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

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