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Depending on the date of issuance on your U.S. passport, a passport name change may not apply. In most cases, you may actually need to apply for a passport renewal to change your name.

You’ll be asked to submit proof of the name change with passport renewal documents.

Continue reading to learn how to complete a name change on your U.S. passport.

How to Complete a Passport Name Change:

First, please check the issue date on your U.S. passport.

There are a number of possible reasons for you to need a passport name change. After getting married or divorced, you’ll have to change and update your name in your passport. You may have legally changed your name or there may have been a spelling error on your passport.

Ultimately, you must complete Form DS-5504 if you received your passport less than 1 year ago. Otherwise, if the state issued your passport more than 1 year ago, complete Form DS-82.

Scenario #1:

If you are requesting a passport name change LESS THAN 1 year after your passport was issued, you must submit the following by mail:

NOTE: You will not be required to pay any fees unless you request the Expedited Service.

Scenario #2

If you are requesting a name change MORE THAN 1 year after the state issued your passport, you must submit the following by mail:

If you are NOT eligible to use Form DS-82, you must visit your local acceptance facility or a regional passport agency and submit:

  • U.S. Passport Application (Form DS-11).
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship AND a photocopy of that proof.
    • A valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired).
    • S. birth certificate (it must meet specific requirements).
    • Certificate of Naturalization.
    • Certificate of Citizenship.
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth.
  • An original/certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies): such as:
    • A marriage certificate
    • A court order.
  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID.
    • NOTE: If your valid ID is less than 5 years old, you may need to provide additional identification to prove you have been using the same name for at least 5 years.
  • 1 color passport photo.
  • Adult First-Time Applicant Fees OR Child First-Time Applicant Fees.

NOTE: If you changed your name due to marriage and can present an ID in your new name, you are not required to submit proof of the name change. However, you must provide details about your marriage on Form DS-11.

Scenario #3

If you are already using a different name but unable to document the change with a marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree, you must visit your local acceptance facility or a regional passport agency and submit:

  • U.S. Passport Application (Form DS-11).
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, such as:
    • A valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired).
    • S. birth certificate (it must meet specific requirements).
    • Certificate of Naturalization.
    • Certificate of Citizenship.
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth.
  • Your valid ID in the name you are currently using AND a photocopy of that ID.
    • NOTE: If your valid ID is less than 5 years old, you may need to provide additional identification to prove you have been using the same name for at least 5 years.
  • 1 color passport photo.
  • Adult First-Time Applicant Fees OR Child First-Time Applicant Fees.

Printing Errors and Spelling Errors

There is no charge for correcting any spelling or printing errors.

If your name, gender, or place of birth is incorrect but your passport is still valid, the U.S. State Department will correct it at no charge to you. Your new passport will be valid for 10 years. However, you must report the error within 1 year of receiving the passport. Otherwise, you’ll get a new passport that is valid from the original issuance date.

If you report the error after 1 year of receiving the passport, you will receive a new passport that is valid from the original issuance date.

How to Correct a Spelling or Printing Passport Error:

To complete a passport name change, you must:

  1. Complete the Application for a U.S. Passport (Form DS-5504).
  2. Submit 1 color passport photo.
  3. Provide evidence of the error.

Importantly, there is no fee if your passport was issued LESS THAN 1 year ago.

Passport Name Change Fees

NOTE: For specific details on the fees for your passport application, see Passport Fees.

If you changed your name but your passport was issued LESS THAN 1 year ago, you can get a passport name change at no cost. Moreover, if your name change happened MORE THAN 1 year of receiving your passport, then you will need to do a passport renewal.

To expedite your passport application, see Expedited Passport Services. There is a $60 fee to the U.S. Department of State. The processing time is 2-3 weeks.

Lastly, you can find more information at Passport Fees Explained.

 

 

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