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Change of Name

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IF

THEN

 You are reqeusting a name change less than one year after your passport was issued

 Submit the following by mail: 

  • Form DS-5504
    • Your valid passport
    • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate or court order (no photocopies or notarized copies)
    • One color passport photo

Please note: You will not have to submit any fees unless you request Expedited Service.

 You are requesting the change more than one year after your passport was issued  If you are eligible to use Form DS-82*, submit the following by mail:
  • Form DS-82
  • Your valid passport
  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate or court order (no photocopies or notarized copies)
  • One color passport photo
  • Adult Renewal Applicant fees or Child Applicant fees, depending on your age
If you are not eligible to use Form DS-82*, submit the following in person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency (restrictions apply):
  • Form DS-11
  • Your evidence of U.S. citizenship and photocopy of that evidence
  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate or court order (no photocopies or notarized copies)
  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID
  • One color passport photo
  • Adult First-Time Applicant fees or Child Applicant fees, depending on your age

Please note: You do not need to submit proof of the name change if your name has changed due to marriage and you present an ID issued in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the appropriate section on Form DS-11.

 You are already using a different name but cannot document the change with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate  Submit the following in person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency (restrictions apply):
  • Form DS-11
  • Your evidence of U.S. citizenship
  • Valid ID issued in the name you are currently using and photocopy of that ID
  • One color passport photo
  • Adult First-Time Applicant fees or Child Applicant fees, depending on your age
Please note: If your ID is less than 5 years old, we may ask you for additional identification as evidence that you have been using the name for at least 5 years.

*You can renew by mail using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:

 

  • Is submitted with your application
  • Is undamaged (other than normal "wear and tear")
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Was issued within the last 15 years
  • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order)

To check the status of your passport application call 877-487-2778 from 6 a.m. - Midnight, Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays), or visit the Application Status website