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Recently divorced and changed back to maiden name

by Stephanie
(Portland, OR, USA)

Question: I still have my old driver's license and old bank debit card with my married name and my new license and bank debit card with changed name. My checkbook still has my married name on it. The bank said that doesn't matter since they go by bank account number, not name.


I'm wondering if the same goes for my passport.
My passport has my married name on it. It doesn't expire until 2017 so I'd rather not get a new one if possible. I also want to keep the stamps from past trips.

My friend and I want to take a weekend trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada (we live in the Pacific Northwest) and I'm wondering if I can provide my birth certificate and divorce papers along with my old/new licenses and passport and still be able to cross the border there and back?
Or is it necessary that I get a new passport?
What should I do?

I thank you ahead of time for your advice.

Answer:

You must travel with your passport in your current legal name. If your name has been legally changed due to divorce, then you should apply for a passport name change before you travel.

Since the passport was issued more than one year ago, you need to apply for a passport renewal using form DS-82 and include evidence of the name change such as the official divorce decree.

You also need to submit one recent passport photo and your current passport. The passport will be returned to you along with the new one.

The application process takes 4-6 weeks for routine service. You can request that it be expedited and receive the passport in 2-3 weeks. If you need to have the name changed more quickly, then you can either visit the Seattle Passport Agency or employ the services of a professional passport expediter.

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New or Name change only?
by: Carol Ann

Question: I got my passport after my divorce but with my married name. I since went back to my maiden name and my passport expires in 2022. I need to change it to my maiden name. Can I do a name change? A postal employee told me I need to apply for a new one.

Answer: You were informed correctly. Since the name change predates the issue date of the passport, you need to submit a new application.

Divorced
by: Anonymous

Question: I am divorced and already changed to my maiden name on my DL and SSC. Can I use those documents to change my name on my passport?

Answer: Government-issued IDs cannot be used as proof of legal name change. You need to submit the original or a certified copy of your divorce decree when you apply for a renewal with name change.

If you want to use your IDs to change the name on your passport, you will need to submit a new application as if it's your first. This requires you to submit the application in person and pay the extra $35 execution fee.

Use of Passport for Citizenship
by: Anonymous

Question: I am recently divorced and have changed my DL, SSC, and other info back to my maiden name, but not my passport yet. Can I use the passport with my old married name as I9 verification for a job to prove citizenship?

Answer: Yes, your passport may be used to prove your U.S. citizenship.

Soon to be divorced
by: Anonymous

Question: My divorce will be finalized Dec. 1 and I'm traveling out of the country Dec. 28. My last name is being changed back to my maiden name. Will that affect my passport? Can I wait to change my name on my passport when I come back?

Answer: As long as you book your tickets in the name that appears in your passport, there should be no issue. You may apply for a renewal with name change when you get back.

Renewal
by: Kaybee

Question: My passport is set to expire March 2021. It is in my maiden name. However I got married and divorced in 2015. I hyphenated my last name. I want my renewed passport in my maiden name. Do I need to submit any documentation of divorce?

Answer: There is no need to provide documentation on your marriage and divorce since there will be no name change.

Passport in maiden name but legally use ex-husband’s name
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is in my maiden name, it expired over 10 years ago. I legally use my ex-husband’s last name. What documents do I need to submit in order to get an updated passport?

Answer: Since your passport has been expired for 10 years, you now need to submit a new application. There will be no need to submit additional documents if the name you enter in the application form is supported by the ID you submit with it.

Recently divorced
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently divorced and will be going back to my maiden name. My question is do I need to apply for a replacement if my maiden name is listed as my middle name on my passport.

Answer: You may continue to use your current passport until it expires. Just make sure to book tickets in the name printed in your passport to avoid issues with TSA when you travel.

Documents
by: Anonymous

Question: I was married and got divorced. I never change my last name to his. I do have to still provide a marriage license and divorce papers for a passport?

Answer: There is no need to provide marriage and divorce documents.

No mention of name change in divorce decree
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm divorced and I have a passport in my married name. I legally changed my name back to my maiden name (license, SS card, birth cert.) and want to update my passport. Can I just apply for a new passport since my divorce decree may not show proof since it doesn't mention anything about a name change?

Answer: Yes, you can.

Recently Divorced
by: Anonymous

Question: I was recently divorced but my name has not been legally changed yet. However, my passport is still in my maiden name. I was wondering if I can get my passport renewed in my maiden name?
Also, what needs to happen so passport can be in maiden name?

Thanks!

Answer: Yes, you can apply for a passport renewal and elect to have your maiden name in it.

Recently Divorced
by: Anonymous

Question: I was recently divorced but my name has not been legally changed yet. My passport is still in my maiden name. I was wondering if I can get my passport renewed in my maiden name?
Also, what needs to happen so passport can be in maiden name?

Thanks!

Answer: You may renew your passport and still elect to have your maiden name on it. No additional documents are required.

Divorce decree spelling
by: Anonymous

Question: My divorce was recently finalized. However, there is a spelling error in my maiden last name. Since I’m returning to my maiden name and I have received a new social security card and drivers license. Can I just renew my maiden name passport?

Answer: If your most recent passport is in your maiden name, you may simply apply for a renewal.

Date of Name Change
by: Anonymous

Question: I am changing my name on my passport back to my maiden name due to divorce. I was divorced in 2017 and the decree contains the seal to authorize the name change. However I didn't actually proceed with getting my name changed back to my maiden name until 2019. So when asked on the passport renewal form, "What was the date of name change?" Originally I assumed I should put when I went to the Social Security Administration in 2019. But now I'm second guessing myself if I'm supposed to put the date from the actual divorce decree in 2017.

Answer: You need to indicate the date and place your divorce was finalized.

Divorced
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently got divorced but I still have my ex husband's last name and don't plan on changing it until my passport expires in several years. Just wanted to make sure it is still valid for travel.

Answer: Yes, it is still valid for travel. Just make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your passport to avoid issues with TSA.

Change name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. After divorce can I travel with my ex husband's name on passport and permanent resident card or I have to change name before traveling?

Answer: You may travel with your current passport and green card. Just make sure to book tickets in the name that appears in your passport to avoid issues with TSA.

Passport name is hyphenated and drivers license has maiden name
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I got married back in 2012 and added my husbands name to mine (hyphenated). However, we divorced in 2017 and I dropped his name and continued using my maiden name. My passport however has both last names which is mine and his name hyphenated. I changed my drivers license, social security card and other documents back to my maiden name except for my passport which still has both names.

I’m planning a trip out of the country soon and was wondering if I present my passport (which has both names) along with my drivers license (which has only my maiden name)and divorce decree, will it be an issue?. My passport still has a few years left on it so I don’t want to spend the extra money to renew it if I don’t need to. Will they accept my ID and passport? Please help.

Answer: You may travel with your current passport as long as you book tickets in the name that appears in it. TSA requires that the names on your passport and tickets match for air travel security.

Divorced but never changed name in passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I was married in the fall of 2016 (and changed my name) and divorced 6 months later. I never got around to changing my passport to my married name and thus it's still in my maiden name. Is the passport still valid? Or do you need record of my name changes (to my married name and back to my maiden name)?

Answer: Your passport is still valid.

Divorced but traveling - when to change?
by: Anonymous

Question: My married name included my maiden name (like a hyphenated name but without the hyphen). My maiden name has been restored (the second last name has been dropped) but I have a trip booked in April using both last names on the ticket and the passport number that includes that information too.

Do I just leave all my credit cards, SSN, passport, etc as is until after this trip? Or update everything but the passport so it still matched the ticket? It looks like I can travel with court order showing divorce/name restoration to clear things up. What's the best way forward? I'd really like to be free and clear of this extra last name as soon as possible without incurring a lot of extra fees and trouble.

Answer: You may or may not update your IDs and credit cards before your trip. You will most likely be required to present only your passport and as long as the name on it matches that on your ticket, you should be okay.

Do I get my original documents back?
by: Anonymous

Question: If I send in the passport with the application form and the original divorce decree will I get the original documents back? Frankly this makes me nervous to send off such an important document.

Answer: The documents you send with your passport application will be returned to you once the process is completed.

Applying for New Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am recently divorced and went back to my maiden name, I have my birth certificate, driver's license, and social security card with my maiden name, instead of sending in a certified copy or original divorce decree, can I just apply for a new passport?

Answer: Yes, you may simply apply for a new passport.



name changes
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is in my ex-husbands name. I got name changed to maiden name then, before I could change my passport, got remarried and have a new legal name. I have already changed ss# to new married name. Do I have to file 2 forms; one for maiden name and another for new married name? Also what is the fee?

Question: You only need to apply to change the name in your passport one time. Submit both your divorce decree and new marriage certificate with the application form and other required documents.

The form you submit depends on when your current passport was issued and whether or not you can submit evidence of the legal name change. The fee also varies depending on which form you submit. Click the links below for more information.

How to Apply for a Passport Name Change

List of Passport Fees

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