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Problem with Signature in Passport

Question: When I was signing my passport my pen ran out of ink and also I did not write my middle name. I wrote over the original signature with a different pen and filled in my middle name.


I called and was told I could just draw a single line through the original signature and rewrite my signature above. Will this be a problem when I travel if I do it this way or would it be wise to request another passport to avoid a problem on an upcoming trip? Thank you for your help in this matter.

Awaiting your reply.

Answer: Striking a line through the incorrect signature in your passport and signing above is the correct procedure in this case. There should be no problem when you travel.

You can apply to replace your passport if you desire but you will have to pay the appropriate fees.

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Signing
by: Leander

Question: I just recently got my passport and part of my signature has slightly gone under the line and kind of tails up above the line. Is this going to make my passport invalid? I suffer with very bad anxiety and I go on holiday March 2019.

Answer: There's no need to worry. The signature will not be an issue.

Inconsistent Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I received an email saying my signature is inconsistent and to sign a new application or provide a reason why it was inconsistent. Once I get this taken care of, how long will it take for them to finish processing the application? I did routine service and I need it by March 23rd.

Answer: Once the form is received, processing will resume. If everything goes well, you should still have your passport in time for your trip.

New Signature
by: Wael

Question: I created a new signature and I used it in many forms like visa documents and study documents. In my passport I still have the old signature. Is this a problem?

Answer: No, it is not.

Problem with Signature
by: Gihan

Question: We (my husband and I) have just received our passports but my husband signed with his name in my passport instead of signing it in his passport. What can I do now?

Answer: Hello, Gihan. You may simply draw a line across the wrong signature and affix your signature in the space on top of it.

Passport signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I signed my passport with my new signature and it looks completely different than my driver's license signature. Will that be an issue?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Ink went through page
by: Anonymous

Question: As I was filling out the address/contact side on page 4, I realized my ballpoint black ink went through the page on to page 3 (signature page), it is not intense - but it is visible. I am so worried that this will cause issues. I’m traveling from Canada to the U.S. & back to Canada.

Answer: It should not be a big issue.

Not full legal name, is that okay?
by: Anonymous

Question: I did not sign my full legal first name, I also left out my middle name on my passport signature. My first name is hyphenated and I only signed the name before the hyphen. I am traveling to Europe in a few months, will it be valid? Should I strike through my signature and re-sign in my full name?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Passport Renewal Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: While doing my passport renewal, I put a different signature then what was on my ID. So, the person said I shouldn’t cross it out and just put the right one next to it. Will this be a problem?

Answer: It should not be. If it becomes an issue, you will be notified by passport services.

I signed my passport incorrectly
by: Anonymous

Question: I signed my passport incorrectly then i used scotch tape to remove the mistaken signature, will it be a problem? Awaiting your reply.

Answer: It could be a problem. Mistakes on signatures are often remedied by simply striking a straight line through the wrong signature and affixing the right one on top.

I got a mail saying print was wrong
by: Anonymous

Question: Apparently I got my signature incorrect cause i wrote it in print. I sent an overnight delivery to their office as a result. Will it still take 2-3 weeks? I need to present it to teach abroad.

Answer: Processing will resume as soon as the document is received. It should still be 2 to 3 weeks if you requested and paid for expedited service.

passport application form mistake
by: Anonymous

Question: The agent had me put my first and last name as my signature on the DS-11 form but my ID signature that I provided a photocopy of only had my first name as my signature. Will this be a problem?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Messed up last 2 letters of signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I just received and signed my passport but the last two letters of my last name didn't show up clear so I went over them again and now look messy. Is this okay or should I draw a line through my last name and re-do above?

Answer: It should be okay as-is.

Passport signature mistake
by: Anonymous

Question: I got my passport yesterday and made a muck up of my signature. I tried to correct it by going over two letters but it stands out. I phoned the advice line that was given and they told me that I would have to renew my passport again has it would not be valid.

Answer: A mistake on the signature should not invalidate your passport.

Signature Issue
by: Anonymous

Question: I just applied for my first passport but I signed all my paperwork with my shortened signature which is different than the one on my passport card from 5 years ago and my drivers license. Is this okay?

Answer: It should not be a major issue. Should there be an issue, you will be notified by email or snail mail.

Accidentally used ballpoint pen for signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I accidentally signed my passport with ballpoint pen. Will it make my passport invalid?

Answer: Your passport is still valid.


Mistake signature
by: Anonymous

Question: My signature in my new passport is different from the one old passport.

Answer: There's no need to worry. It shouldn't be an issue.

Wrong Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I accidentally signed my daughter's new passport instead of mine. However, instead of only putting a line through my signature and having her sign above, I more or less scribbled out my signature so you could not see the wrong name. Will it be a problem that it is crossed off with more than a single line?

Answer: It should not cause a major issue but questions may arise.

Messy signature in Child's passport
by: Freda

Question: When my family got to the embassy to apply for my newborn's social security the lady told me to sign the passport in his name and put in brackets signed by mother to validate the passport. When I came home I saw (already too late) that she had given me an instruction sheet on how to properly sign the child's passport as a parent, so I had to correct the "faulty" signature. Since my kids name is very long I have put his complete name over the line and and did correct the signature from a V into an F, plus I didn't know that it was recommended not to use a ballpoint pen and the black ink looked very light I went over it like 3 times. I am still upset about the issue and don't know if it is a problem at the customs in order to travel for the little one.

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Passport signature
by: Anonymous123

Question: When I got my driver's license they messed up my signature. It now is a diagonal line / like that. So when I submitted my first passport application I signed my name like normal. Did not use the diagonal line. Later I got a letter saying my signature on my application is not consistent with the signature on my ID. I took this to my post office and they said that I should sign with the diagonal line. Will this cause me any problems traveling?

Answer: It should not cause any issue as you will most likely be required to present only your passport when you travel.

Name
by: Mohammad

Question: My passport signature consists of my first name with Persian letters and only the first letter of my Name in English. Could it be a problem?

Answer: It should not be a problem.

Messed up
by: Anonymous

Question: I didn't put my middle name so I put a line through and wrote beside it. Is this okay?

Answer: Yes, it is okay.

Signature on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I changed my middle name and last name and sent the passport for change of name. Now I got a letter back from US Dept. of State saying that I need to use the signature constituting my new name. My question is

1) I never changed my signature after changing my name. I sign using my first name only. Should i change my signature and include my new middle name and last name in the signature?

2) If I change my signature on my passport would i have to change it everywhere?

Answer: You may send a statement to passport services explaining that you did not change your signature and that it only has your first name which has not changed.

Mistake: child signature in declaration box
by: Riz f

Question: My son mistakenly signed the declaration box rather than the child signature box in UK passport application, will this be rejected?

Answer: Please contact Her Majesty's Passport Office regarding UK passports.

Passport signature messed up
by: Anonymous

Question: I got my new passport today but I messed up the signature. I went over my name 3 times it looks messed up. Is my passport still valid?

Answer: It should still be.

Old signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I accidentally used my old signature on my passport . What should I do?

Answer: You may leave it as is. You may also strike a straight line through the old signature and affix the right one in the space above it.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently just signed my passport papers at the post office for the 1st time, and when they asked me to sign the papers, I put my shortened version of my name which everyone uses (including me; the same signature as that of my driving permit), but my full name in print on the form does not match my signature. Am I okay?

Answer: You should be okay.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I changed my signature when I renewed my driver's license. I need to renew my passport and the signature on the expired passport is different than the one on my driver license. What do I need to do in regards to the signature to renew my passport?

Answer: The signature should not be an issue.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I signed below the line in a rush.

Answer: It should not be an issue.


Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: my last name is hyphenated and I signed only the last part of my name.

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Signature is wrong
by: Kelly

Question: I've had my passport for 2 years but haven't traveled yet with it. I noticed it's got my married name on passport but then my signature is my maiden name. I can't change it because it is printed on there. Will this be a problem?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Sign with wrong pen
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi I just wanna know if there would be a problem that I sign my name with a purple pen. It’s my first time having a passport.

Answer: It should not be a major issue.

Paranoid
by: Anonymous

Question: I just received my passport. I put my first and last name fully but I put my middle initial at the end. Will I be okay? It’s a J so i’m worried it might mean Junior.

Answer: You should be okay as long as you book your tickets in that name.

Concerned
by: Anonymous

Question: So, my sister just got her first passport. She was writing her name down when she realized that she had written half of her name down in print. She is under the age of sixteen, will this be an issue/would it effect our upcoming travels?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Signing way above the line
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently signed my new passport but way above the line. Will this be a problem when I travel?

Answer: No it will not.

Worried
by: Jessy

Question: Hi! I got super worried because I used the wrong pen to sign my passport and I signed my name wrong!! I'm a dual citizen and I'm going back to the US.

Answer: Hi, Jessy. There is no cause for alarm. You may just strike a straight line through the wrong signature and use the right pen to affix the correct signature on top of it.

Wrong pen and signed below line
by: Anonymous

Question: I had a new pen delivered in the post; someone told me it was not a ballpoint. Will this be an issue to use. I also signed below the line.

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: What can I do if someone wrote on my signature in my passport and it really changed my signature? Please help me. What can I do?

Answer: You may simply strike a straight line through the wrong signature and affix the right one on top of it.

Bad signature
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I'm traveling to Quebec, Canada from Houston, Texas in September and when I was signing my passport it looks very bad. Will I be okay through customs?

Answer: You should be. If you're worried about it, you can simply place a single straight line through the bad signature and affix a new one right above it.

Signature required for handicapped?
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my mother and I are traveling on a cruise and found that my mother has not signed her passport of many years. She suffered a stroke many years ago and lost the use of her writing hand/arm. We have traveled many times to Mexico with her passport not signed.

Is this a concern? She has difficulty writing with her other hand, can only write a few letters legibly.

Answer: It should not be an issue. If it does become an issue, a thumb print will work just as well as (if not better than) a signature.


Traced
by: Anonymous

Question: I just received my passport and I signed it, but the ink came out way too light so I traced it over. Will it be a problem? Should I rewrite it? What kind of pen would I have to use for it to show up properly?

Answer: It should not be a problem. We recommend using a a blue or black ink felt-tip, roller ball or calligraphy pen; ball-point pens often do not work well.

Passport signed in wrong place
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 15 she has signed her British passport under the line instead of over the line. Ee fly into Orlando International on Monday. I have contacted the British Passport office and they said that her passport is still valid. I just want to check that this is the case on the American end of things.

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Signed In Wrong Spot
by: Anonymous

Question: I mistakenly signed my passport on the back of the cover (I later found the line where I was supposed to sign). Will this be an issue traveling to Europe? I leave in 2 days and am worried.

Answer: There is no need to worry. The signature in the wrong spot should not be an issue.

Signature
by: Kassie W

Question: I signed my passport, but left out my middle name. Will it be okay or should I strike thru that signature and sign my full name above?

Answer: It should be okay, Kassie. No need to worry.

Difference signature
by: Anonymous

Question: If my current signature is totally different from the one in my passport, should it be okay for me to travel?

Answer: Yes, you may travel with no issues using your current passport.

Changed signature
by: Me

Question: I recently changed my signature and I do not have a signature on my old expired passport because I never traveled anywhere when I got a passport for the first time. My signature on my IDs and other docs are different. Do I use my old or new signature on my passport? I like to use my new one. Please help!

Answer: You should use your new signature on the new passport.

Signing my passport in blue ballpoint pen
by: Anonymous

Question: Signed my passport in blue ballpoint pen, I realized and went over it in black ballpoint. Will this be alright or do I need to replace it. Off to Orlando am worried I won't get through imagination.

Answer: It should not be a problem.


Signature mismatch license and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I got my license after my passport. And I changed my signature on the license. After that I signed my marriage license with my new signature. But now I have to send my passport as valid identification with my marriage certificate. Would this be a problem? Should I just cross my old signage (written name) with my new signature?

Answer: Yes, you can simply write a straight line through the old signature and affix the new one in the space above it.

I signed my signature below the line
by: Anonymous

Question: I didn’t read the guide and wrote my signature below the line, is it still valid and will there be any problems when travelling as I’m going away in 2 weeks.

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I did not sign my Christian name on full, only my initial, will this be a problem?

Answer: No, it will not be an issue.

Problem with signature
by: AnonymousRinu

Question: I have signed everywhere with my full name Rinu Mathew including pan card, voter ID, certificates but I have signed only first part of name in my passport. Should I apply for a new one?

Answer: You do not have to apply for a new passport.

Please help us
by: Anonymous

Question: My father accidentally wrote his signature on my mother's passport. We drew a line on the wrong signature and my mother write her signature beside the wrong signature instead of signing it on the top. Is there any problem with that?? What do we need to do??

Answer: It is not a problem.

Can’t replicate signature
by: Anonymous

Question: My son could not replicate the signature from his learners permit for the passport. Although he tried there is an obvious difference. Will his passport application be rejected? What will they ask us to do if it doesn’t go through?

Answer: It should not be a big issue.

Signed passport in wrong spot
by: Anonymous

Question: I received my passport yesterday and followed the paper that came with it and said to sign the passport. I accidentally signed the back of the front hard cover when you first open it with my named printed and signed until found the correct signature spot. Is this going to be an issue? I called and was told they wouldn’t know unless it went through customs. Would like a satisfying answer. Thanks!

Answer: It may or may not cause an issue when you travel, it depends on the official inspecting your passport at the airport, sea port or border. We recommend that you go to the closest airport and consult an official, if possible.

Signed passport wrong spot
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently received my passport and read the separate paper that says sign passport. Without thinking and reading until the signature spot I signed behind the hard back cover with name printed and signed. Is this going to be an issue?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I have two last names on my birth certificate. My driver's license has only my first last name because they said both did not fit. The application has only one last name, I accidentally signed both last names on the application but the post office clerk crossed out the second one because she said it has to match my ID will my passport be approved?

Answer: Yes, it should still be approved. Passport services will notify you via mail if something is amiss in your application. You can check the status here.


Signed slightly below the line
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I just got my passport and I signed it correctly above the line but by mistake a little line of pen went below the line. Is it okay or do i have to change my passport? Thank you.

Answer: It is okay.

Passport error
by: Anonymous

Question: My brother who is 13 years old accidentally signed a wrong signature in his passport and enclosing it with open and close parentheses then writing his new signature beside it. Do we need to get a new passport?

Answer: No, you do not.

Used a ball point pen
by: Anonymous

Question: We received our passports last June/July and put them away. Now filling out forms to go away in October and took out passport only to realize not signed,so husband signed in ballpoint ink and I also told him to sign as it is in passport. He suspected it should be his every day signature and it was suppose to be.

Is his passport okay in ballpoint ink and passport signature?

Answer: Yes, your husband's passport should be okay for travel.

Application signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I received my new passport and then got a phone call from someone saying there was a problem with my signature on my application. He said I needed to fill out a form called DS80 and send it to 207 International Drive. Attention H 16. I cant find a 1080 form but see there is a 1082. I leave in 14 days and do not want to risk sending my passport back. I think I may have signed the application differently from the way I printed it but he was not specific. I have received nothing in the mail about this. I am so worried and when I called the number they said someone would call me back within 10 days! That's not much time so I am freaking out a bit. What should I do?

Answer: Please do nothing. If your passport was sent to you, there was obviously no issue with your application.

Passport signature
by: Anonymous

Question: If your signature is different on your IDs signature, is that okay?

Answer: It should be okay. However, it is ideal for your signature to to uniform in all documents, including IDs and your passport.

I misspelled
by: Anonymous

Question: I have my passport but when I went to sign my middle name I messed up so I drew a line through it and put my middle name on top. Do I need to draw a line through all of it and sign it again?

Answer: No, you do not.

Bad signing
by: Anonymous

Question: I leave for Mexico in a few days and I got my passport and signed it. It did not go through so I traced it to make darker, plus my middle name is scrunched. Now I am panicking because I am not sure if this is OK. Will I get into trouble?

Answer: There is no need to worry. You should be fine.

signature problem
by: Neha R

Question: Is there any problem if I signed only with my first name instead of my full name?

Answer: It is not a problem.

Problem with signature
by: Sanjeeva R

Question: Is there any problem if the signature is different from the name?

Answer: It shouldn't be. If you affixed the wrong signature, you may strike it out and sign correctly above it.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I accidentally signed my name in my son's passport. I wasn't paying attention to whom I was signing. What do I do? And we are leaving to go out of state in one week.

Answer: You may simply place a straight line through the wrong signature and let him affix his signature on top of yours.

Wrong signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I accidentally signed my maiden name. I was told it's OK to just add my married name. Is this correct?

Answer: You may draw a straight line across the wrong signature and affix the correct signature right above it.

Mistakenly signed passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I was supposed to sign my first middle and married name. I mistakenly signed my entire name with my married name.

Answer: It's not a problem. But if you want to change the signature on your passport, you may simply write a straight line across the first signature then affix the right signature on top of it.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: Signature isn't on the line it's slightly above it and worried in case it's not acceptable.

Answer: It should not be a problem.

Signature
by: Anonymous

Question: I put my signature on my passport twice and then crossed them out and wrote my name again above it. Should I get a new one?

Answer: There's no need to get a new passport.

I accidentally signed below the line
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello,

I accidentally signed below the line on my passport. Is this still valid?

Please reply as soon as possible- I'm really worried because I have to travel soon.

Thank you.

Answer: It should not be a problem.

Incorrect signature
by: Dan

Question: My wife and I just realized we signed each other's passports and we are leaving in 4 days. We just noticed when we were getting things together. Thanks.

Answer: You may simply cancel out the incorrect signature with a single line across and affix the correct signature right above it.

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