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Passport Name Change

by Dawn
(Butler, WI, USA)

Question: I need to change my last name on my passport from my married name back to my maiden name. Once my divorce was final, I took the proper paperwork to the social security office to change my name & driver's license.

What do I have to submit to show my name has been changed?

What is the change fee & form I need to fill out?

I currently have a passport, but it is issued in my married name. I am over 16 years old & the passport is only about 5 years old.

Please advise. I need to send my paperwork for travel in October.


Answer: Since your passport was issued more than 1 year ago, you must apply for a passport renewal. You need to submit the following.

1. Completed passport application Form DS-82
2. 1 passport photo
3. Divorce decree (The decree must state the fact that your name has been changed and give the new name.)
4. Passport Renewal Fee

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Passport renewal after name change
by: Anonymous

Question: I am not impressed with the quality of service for this. Sent all required documents on Mar 12 for travel May 20. It is now the 15th of May and no passport. Still processing. 3 calls in past 2 weeks, all just say it is processing. Really disappointed.

Answer: We are sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience. Routine service takes 6-8 weeks to complete so the passport should be on its way. If it does not arrive in the next couple of days, you may register a formal complaint at the National Passport Information Center.

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