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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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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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