You ask, “what if my name is different from my birth certificate?”
Continue reading below for your answer.
What if my name is different from my birth certificate?
If you go by a name that is not your legal name (as shown on your birth certificate or proof of citizenship), you may be eligible to list your common name on your passport.
This is a fairly rare circumstance, but it happens from time to time.
DS-60: Affidavit Regarding Name Change
The U.S. State Department has a form called the Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name (Form DS-60), which you can submit with your passport application.
This form is for people who use a different name rather than the name listed on their birth certificate or proof of citizenship.
You must submit the DS-60 Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name Passport Form if you use a name that is different from your legal name. This name likely has not been recognized by a formal court proceeding. Importantly, you must not have changed your name due to marriage or adoption. In this case, you may have an “affiant” verify you use a different name than your legal name.
- An affiant is usually a blood relative, or someone who has personal knowledge about both of your names.
Then, you must submit at least 3 public documents over the span of 5 years with your new name. Your affiant will attest that he or she has known you by both names AND you used the new name for at least 5 years.
Don’t Have 3 Documents with New Name?
If you cannot attain 3 documents, submit as many as you have. Next, have a second affiant submit the Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name (Form DS-60). The affiant must also include a photocopy of his or her government issued ID (front and back).
The final decision rests with the U.S. Department of State. It is best to have a formal court order of your name change, so you may go that route.