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passport name

by Lorie
(Baltimore, MD)

Question: I am in the process of legally changing my first and middle name. When this is completed and I apply for a passport for my daughter, do I have to have my new name on her birth certificate?

Answer: When applying for a passport for a minor, you must establish your relationship to the child by presentation of an official document. Usually, this is an original or certified birth certificate. Since the name on the birth certificate will be different from the name on your identification document, you need to establish a link between the two. Presentation of the birth certificate along with a court ordered name change should serve this purpose.

If other identification is necessary, the attending passport agent will inform you if other documents are required. For a complete list of requirements, click the link below.

Child Passport Requirements

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Middle Name Incorrect
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport was misprinted with my last name as my middle and last name. My first and last names are correct and match my driver’s license. Does it matter that my middle name is incorrect?

Answer: It should not be an issue if you book tickets in the name that appears on your passport. However, since it is an error, we recommend that you have it corrected. Corrections are processed as a no-fee service.

If you are traveling soon, you may apply for the correction when you return. You need to mail the following to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-5504
2. Passport with error
3. Proof of correct data (original or certified copy)
4. New passport photo if it has been over 6 months since the issue date
5. Signed statement explaining the error

Middle name
by: Anonymous

Question: My driver's license spells my middle name different than my birth certificate. Everything else matches perfectly. Will that cause any problems when they look at my application for processing?

Answer: All things will be looked at in order to verify your identity. If there's just a small difference in the spelling, it may not be an issue. Please call the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Middle Name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My birth certificate has my middle name as Vincent. My drivers license has it as V. and my passport has Vince. Do I need to get my passport changed to match my birth certificate?

Answer: It is not necessary but ideal to have your names match in all identification documents including your passport.

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