Read about Passport Form DS-60 Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name.
Passport Form DS-60 Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name
You must submit an Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name (Form DS-60) with an application for a U.S. passport if either of the following applies:
- Your name is much different from the one on your proof of citizenship.
- You adopted it without formal court proceedings (not through marriage).
NOTE: Of course, you don’t need to submit an affidavit if you can present a court order that documents the change of name.
How to Submit Passport Form DS-60
You may download Passport Form DS-60 Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name online.
To support a change of name when you adopted it without formal court proceedings or marriage, present 3 or more public documents showing exclusive use of the name for at least 5 years.
If you cannot obtain a third public document, you may present an Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name (Form DS-60) from at least 2 persons in place of the public document.
Your affiant (e.g., a blood relative) must have personal knowledge of your use of both names. These individuals must attest: 1) they have known you by both names, AND 2) you used the new name for at least 5 years (and all purposes).
You must also submit a photocopy of the front and back of your affiant’s ID.
What Happens After Submitting Form DS-60
Passport Services will make a final determination of the name(s) to be shown in your passport. Also, they will retain your completed affidavit. Lastly, be sure to make a request for copies of this affidavit at the time of execution.