This page provides details on how to process a passport name change for adoption. Moreover, the instructions for a passport name change will depend on the age of the applicant and specific circumstances.
Please take your time to review this information.
You must apply for a new updated passport with name changes due to marriage, divorce, or court order.
Consider these scenarios:
- If your U.S. passport is less than 1 year old, you do not have to pay any government fees, unless you request the Expedited Passport Service.
- Simply complete the Application for a U.S. Passport Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement (Form DS-5504). Click here to learn How to Complete the DS-5504 Passport Form.
- If your passport is more than 1 year old, please complete an adult renewal – assuming the U.S. Department of State issued your passport when you were 16 years old or older and it is less than 5 years expired.
- If it is more than 5 years expired, you must apply for a new adult passport.
- If your passport is lost or stolen, or damaged, you are applying for a new adult replacement passport.
Passport Name Change for Adoption
When a minor has a passport name change for adoption, he or she must apply for a new minor passport.
The passport acceptance facility will require proof of name change with the application during your visit.
Child passports expire after 5 years, while adult passports expire after 10 years.
NOTE: You can NEVER renew a child minor passports by mail like an adult passport. A child minor passport is considered ‘new’ with each application.
Instructions for the Name Change
If you legally changed your name through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new US passport. The process and fees depend on how long it has been since your received your passport.
Please see Passport Name Change for step-by-step instructions on how to change the name on your passport.