How to do a Name Change for a Passport?

September 30, 2019 | Posted By: Editor
A picture with the words "second chance" which signifies a name change.

Changing a name is more common than you may think. The reasons for a name change can be from getting married, which is the most common, to getting a divorce or adopted. However, for a passport holder, applying for a new replacement after a name change can be a little tricky. How so? To apply, complete the appropriate form and present the documents to get a passport.

The Name Change Form

There are several forms that correspond to a name change application. You will not complete more than one form when you apply. Only under specific circumstances, you may complete two forms. However, ask for clarification before you submit your application.

The form you should complete includes DS-5504, DS-82, DS-11, or DS-60. Each has a list of guidelines to follow when completing the form. Read these guidelines to verify you have the correct type and to avoid any mistakes that can delay the process.

Applying for a Replacement Passport

Less Than a Year

If you had a name change less than a year after receiving your passport, follow these instructions to get a replacement.

You can apply in person at any acceptance facility or by mail. Submit the following documents:

  • Completed Form DS-5504
  • Your valid passport
  • The original document showing the name change, such as:
    • Marriage Certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
    • Adoption certificate
  • A passport size photo

Since the passport is less than a year old, there is no fee to pay. If you mail in your papers, use any shipping company to deliver the. Applicants who use expedited service will pay the service fee.

More Than a Year

Applicants with a passport older than a year will complete a different form. However, the same documents are necessary, and you will pay the fees. To get your replacement, submit these papers:

  • Completed Form DS-82
  • Your valid passport
  • The original document showing the name change, such as:
    • Marriage Certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
    • Adoption certificate
  • A passport size photo
  • Application renewal fee

You can mail in your papers or apply in person.

Applicants with a passport that expired more than 15 years are not eligible to apply with either Form DS-5504 or Form DS-82. If you are in this category, submit these documents:

  • Completed Form DS-11
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship
  • The original document showing the name change, such as:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
    • Adoption certificate
  • A passport size photo
  • A photocopy of a valid ID
  • Application fee

First-time Passport Applicants

If you have never had a passport before but had a name change, you can apply by following these instructions. You must apply in person and not by mail. The steps will be the same for an adult or a minor. Submit these documents:

  • Completed Form DS-11
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship
  • Photocopy of the current valid ID with your new name
  • One passport size photo
  • Application fee

Under certain circumstances, you may require to complete and submit Form DS-60. Inquire at any acceptance facility or call the U.S. Department of State for clarification.