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The passport office misspelled my daughters name on her passport.

by Susan
(San Jose, CA USA)

My daughters name (on her birth certificate and social security card EVERYWHERE) is name removed for privacy we just noticed when we looked at her passport recently her name was spelled incorrectly they put down name removed for privacy.

They omitted the 2nd h from her first name. How do we go about getting this fixed? She recently applied for her drivers permit and they refused to put down her correct name because of the passport.



You can request a passport correction using form DS-5504. The instructions are on the form. Printing errors are given top priority and treated as a request for expedited service. Processing takes 2-3 weeks although it can be longer during the holiday season.

If your daughter needs to use the passport within two weeks, she will need to apply for the correction at a regional agency where she can get same day passport service.

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Will it be an issue if one letter of my name was printed wrong in my passport?

by Devon
(Los Angeles, CA. USA)

Question: The last letter of my last name was printed with an "S" rather than an "R" on my passport name. Will this cause an issue and if so whats the easiest method of changing it to an "R"?

Answer: Yes, this can be an issue and you should have it corrected. There is a special form to fill out in order to request corrections of printing errors. There is no fee for this service. Note, however, that your current passport will not be returned to you.

For complete details and to download the form, click the link below.

Request Passport Corrections

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My daughter's name was misprinted in her passport and it is causing problems

by Courtney
(Wilton Ca)

Question: Two and a half years ago we got a passport for our daughter to go to Mexico. We did not notice the error. I understand it may be easier to get a new passport but it is expensive. Is there a way to get this fixed? If she uses this as ID for her DL, we are afraid it will perpetuate the problem. We are currently getting copies of her birth certificate.

Answer: Your daughter can apply to have the name in her passport corrected at any time during its validity. There is no fee for this service. All she needs to do is submit Form DS-5504: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement Form, her current passport and evidence to support the change request.

Since the passport was issued more than 90 days ago, your daughter also needs to submit two recent passport photos.

The address for mail the application and documents is on the form.

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