Passport Name Change for Adoption

The process for a passport name change is relatively simple. It depends on the age of the applicant and the specific situation, so please take your time reviewing this information.

name change passport adoptionName changes due to marriage, divorce, or court ordered name changes are all required to apply for a new updated passport. If your passport is less than one year old, you do not have to pay any government fees. You can simply complete the DS-5504 passport name change application form. Click here for information on How to Complete the DS-5504.

If your passport is more than one year old, you will need to do an adult renewal if your passport was issued when you were 16 or older and it is less than 5 years expired. If it is more than 5 years expired, you will need to apply for a new adult passport. If your passport is lost, stolen, or damaged, you are applying for a new adult replacement passport.

 

Passport Name Change for Adoption

Passports for minors that have a name change (example: for adoption) will need to apply for a new minor passport. Proof of name change will need to be provided with the application. Child minor passports cannot ever be ‘renewed’ through the mail like an adult passport. A child minor passport is considered ‘new’ with each application. Child passports expire after 5 years, unlike adult passports which are good for 10 years. Passport Name Change for Adoption is essentially a new minor passport with proof of name change submitted during the acceptance agent step.

 

 

Name Change Info

via the U.S. State Dept Website

If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.

If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:

  • You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees, unless you request Expedited Service.
  • Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your current passport, your name change document (original or certified copy), and a color passport photo. You may:
    • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-5504; or
    • Print Form DS-5504 and complete by hand.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are eligible to use Form DS-82*:

  • Submit Form DS-82 by mail with your current passport, your name change document (original or certified copy), a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:
    • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-82; or
    • Print Form DS-82 and complete by hand.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are not eligible to use Form DS-82*:

  • You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, your name change document (original or certified copy), a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:
    • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11; or
    • Print Form DS-11 and complete by hand.
  • You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the applicable section on Form DS-11.

Passport Name Change for Adoption

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