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Should there be a space after the Mc of my last name in my passport?

by Carol
(Minnesota)

Question: Just received my passport and last name is listed MC NEIL. It should be just one word. I want to make sure that this is not the way you do it with McNeil last name. We plan on sending it in for correction. There is also a < between MC


We paid extra for expedited service and need the passport by the 1st week of March. Is there any way to get better service without paying $60??

Answer: Since the data pages of U.S. passports are printed in block capital letters, surnames which possess a prefix will usually include a space to differentiate between the prefix and the remainder of the name.

When renewing your passport, if you would prefer that the prefix not be separated from the rest of the name, you may include a note specifying this request.

You can travel with the passport as is or you can request a passport correction in order to change the name. You can also wait until your passport needs to be renewed and make the request then.

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HOW LONG CAN A NAME BE
by: Anonymous

Question: My names contains a total of 29 letters including my middle name. Would it be a problem?

Answer: It will not be a problem but your name may be shortened if it does not fit the space on the passport data page. However, your full name will be encoded into the chip and will appear when the passport is scanned.

No space between name
by: Anonymous

Question: My name is MD SHAFIUL ALAM in all my certificates and other documents but in my passport, my name came as MDSHAFIUL ALAM. Will it be a problem when I try for a visa in Europe?

Answer: It should not be an issue.

First name with two (2) spaces and two (2) middle name
by: ABC

Question: Is it allowed to leave blank boxes or enter full stops/periods in the boxes on the online US passport application form, if the first name has two (2) spaces (for example A B C) or two (2) full stops/periods (for example A.B.C)?

Is it allowed to enter two (2) middle names with a space in-between, if there are?

Will the name on the new passport appear the same as on the passport application?

Answer: Yes, you are allowed to enter spaces and punctuations. The name on your passport will be printed as it you entered in the application form.

MC space
by: Anonymous

It’s been a problem for me. When I applied for TSA clearance they said my documents didn’t match. Also, when I got my enhanced driver's license, they also put the space since that was how it appeared on my passport. Now I can’t access my Social Security benefits online because my social security identity does t match my government-issued ID. I will be applying for a correction.

Does the space matter?
by: Anonymous

Question: For the last name McKinney, my family has always written it with no space. It has no space on my marriage license and kids birth certificates. But on my passport (one of my main forms of ID) there is a space (MC KINNEY). Is this a problem legally, or does the space not matter in this case?

Answer: It should not be an issue but you may apply for a correction if you want to.

space after Mc
by: Carol

DMV said my documentation didn’t match my passport. The space after Mc was the only difference and had never been a problem before. Renewed my passport and asked for ‘no space’ and my request was honored. Thank you!

It is an issue with some airlines
by: Lois

I took my first international flight and United Airlines would not allow me to check in online for my return flight. After much back and forth with reservations, I was told it was due to space in my last name on my passport not matching the reservation, which did not include the space. I ended up having to arrive early to check in at the airport and not being able to sit with my spouse on my return flight. Long story short; get the correction.

Same thing happened to my daughter
by: Anonymous

Question: Just curious...can you travel with this space or does it need to be corrected? My daughter's first name is McGee and they put MC GEE on her passport. It wasn't on the app or her birth cert that way. Will it be an issue?

Answer: It should not be an issue but if you want to make absolutely sure, you can apply for a correction free of charge.

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