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Will I get my marriage license back if I send it for a name change?

by Melissa
(Havre de Grace, MD USA)

Question: I got married in Antigua and only have one certified marriage certificate.

I need to change my last name and don't want to send my only certified marriage certificate off in the mail for a passport as I am worried that I will not get it back.

Will they return it to me or do you have any suggestions on what I should do? My passport is current and just needs a name change.

I was married in September in Antigua. It has been impossible to receive another certified copy of my marriage certificate from them. I called the passport office to see if I could come in person to get a name change but they said I could not.

Answer: Your marriage certificate will be returned to you. It will be sent separately from the passport so it may arrive on a different day.

You are encouraged to use protective packaging such as a Tyvek envelope. You can send the packet using a traceable delivery method. A list of options is given below.

- USPS Certified Mail
- USPS Registered Mail
- USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation
- USPS Priority Mail with Signature Confirmation
- USPS Express Mail (for overnight delivery requests) traceable delivery method

For a list of requirements, click the link below.

Passport Name Change Requirements

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Marriage Certificate Certified Copy
by: Anonymous

Question: Why wouldn’t a certified copy of the marriage certificate work?

For instance a copy made and certified by a Notary Public.

This current process contains too much red tape risking an irreplaceable and sentimental family document.

Question: For security purposes, a certified copy obtained from the local vital records office is required for a passport name change.

They forgot to change my last name
by: Anonymous

Question: I submitted all of the paper work to both renew and change my last name on my passport. I received my passport two weeks later with my maiden name on it. I'm so annoyed! So now I have to try and get the issue fixed before heading out of the country next month.

Answer: While it is recommended that U.S. citizens travel in their current legal names, you may travel with your current passport. You may opt to have your passport corrected after your trip.

marriage license
by: Anonymous

Question: I received my passport approx. 2 weeks ago but have not received my marriage license. I understand that they arrive separately of one another, but approximately what is the window that I should expect to receive my marriage license.

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

Marriage License was not returned
by: Anonymous

Question: Sent my marriage license to change my name and did NOT receive my documents back, 11/10/16. Called number listed here- 877-487-2778; only to be told no one was available to take my call. Then the recording said Goodbye.

Answer: Today is a federal holiday. Passport Services is closed. Supporting documents are sent separately from new passports. Your marriage certificate should arrive soon.

how long to wait
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello! I received my passport about January 3rd, but haven't received any of my submitted documents including my marriage certificate. What is the wait to receive these? Thanks!

Answer: You probably should have received them already. Please call 1877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

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