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renew my passport but not legally divorced yet

Question: I want to renew my passport but I am not legally divorced yet even though I have been living separately from my husband for 4 months now . My concern is what marital status should I choose while filing the application online? Can I select divorcee? I need to renew my passport and can't wait until the divorce process is over. Please guide.


Answer: No, you cannot select divorcee on the passport application. You are not officially divorced. Until you file for divorce and the process is finalized, you are still legally married. Therefore, you must check that you are married on the application and cannot check the "divorced" box.

If you do file for divorce and change your name, you can apply for a passport name change. If you make the request within one year from the issuance of the passport, there is no fee.

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Not legally divorced and name won't change after divorce
by: anonymous

Question: I have divorce proceedings coming up. I have been separated for over 2 years and this is first time I am applying for a passport. Divorce is to be finalized in 3 months and my name will not change as I kept my maiden name after marriage. should I wait for divorce to be finalized before applying for passport? I don't want his name associated with my name in records.

Answer: You may apply for your first passport now. However, passport forms must be completed with information that is true and correct. You will still need to enter details of your most recent marriage whether you submit the application before or after the divorce is finalized.

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by: Anonymous

Question: What marital status should I choose while filing the application online? Can I select divorcee? I need to renew my passport. Please guide. I want to renew my passport but I am not legally divorced yet even though I have been living separately from my husband for 30 years now . My concern is what marital status should I choose while filing the application online? Can I select divorcee? I need to renew my passport. Please guide.

Answer: You are not legally divorced until you file a petition for divorce and it is granted.

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