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How To Change Your Name On Your Passport - It's Easier Than You Think

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

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Wondering how to change your name on your passport? If you are, then you must have had one of those experiences in life that make you say, "My old name just isn't good enough anymore." There are few things in life that might cause us to want to change our names – one of them is marriage.

If you are able to do this through the mail there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Always be sure to use a delivery method in which you can track your valued documents, that way if they get lost, there is a chance of finding them. Be sure to use packaging that will protect your mail from water and overall wear and tear such as a Tyvek envelope (most Post Offices use these). If you are eligible to use expedited service to get your passport back fast then you need to remember to write the word "EXPEDITE" on the envelope in easy to see letters.

How to Change Your Name on Your Passport

Passport Issued Less Than 1 Year Ago

If, due to court order or marriage, your name has been legally changed and it has been less than 1 year that your passport was issued then you must mail the following documents seen below to the address that is on Form DS-5504.

• Completed Form DS-5504 Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction and Limited Passport Book Replacement
• Your current, valid U.S. passport
• Two recent color photos for passport (if it was issued more than 90 days ago) Note: I would send them anyway just to be on the safe side.
• An original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or the government issued documents that show your legal name change under state or federal law.

Passport Issued More Than 1 Year Ago

If, due to court order or marriage, your name has been legally changed and it has been more than 1 year that your passport was issued you must mail the following documents seen below to the address that is on Form DS-82. Minors can't apply using Form DS-82 (see next set of instructions).

• Completed Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail
• Your current, valid U.S. passport
• Two recent color photos for passport
• An original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or the government issued documents that show your legal name change under state or federal law.
• Any applicable renewal fees

Passport Name Change Special Circumstances

If you are you are under 16 years of age and your passport was issued more than one year ago or you can't legally document your change of name by marriage or court order then you must bring the documents below to an acceptance facility or passport agency, in person.

• Completed Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
• Your current, valid U.S. passport
• Two recent color photographs
• At least 3 public documents showing your date and place of birth in which your assumed name has been used exclusively for at least 5 years.
• Any applicable first time fees

For the majority of people, changing the name on their passport will be fairly simple and straightforward. Keep in mind that you need to get this done well before you plan on taking any trips as turnaround time isn't guaranteed, even with expedited service. Getting your passport back fast is a crapshoot, so go ahead and do it as soon as possible and you won't have to worry about it later.

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