Post # 1
Fellow Canadian Bees,
My passport expires in June. We are getting married August 9, and leaving for a trip to Chicago on August 12. So, I need my passport for our trip to Chicago. I have been looking into my options regarding renewing my passport. It would appear that my only options are to renew now (go with only the 5 year option – still $120) and then renew again in less than a year when I change my name and pay again (would probably do the 10 year option – $160). Does anyone have any experience? Is this my only option? Someone said there is a temporary passport, but when I researched it what I took was that it was kind of for emergencies only, such as for Canadians who are currently in another country with a passport that is going to expire, and they may issue them a temporary passport (if approved) that is good for up to one year. I don’t think they would do this for someone who is getting married and changing their name – they would much rather have my money!
Post # 2
Bri1o: I’m in the exact same position as you. I had to renew my passport, but knew that I’d have to get a new one in a few months. My only option was the one you explained, get the cheaper 5 year one, and then when you change your name get the 10 year one.
Post # 3
Not Canadian — but in the US they have a marriage loophole. If you pay for a renewal, and you change your name within one year of that renewal date, they will issue you a new one under your new name for free. I’d check out with the passport authority to see if you have a similar program in place!
Post # 4
Bri1o: I was told by the person at city hall (when I got my marriage license) that the option you described is all you can do – unless you can get one of those fancy enhanced drivers license things that are valid for canada/us travel?
Post # 5
I had the same issue, yep you pay for a new one and then a few months later get a new one again with your married name
Post # 6
yup, same issue! you’re at least not alone 🙂 my plan is exactly the same as yours, i haven’t come across any other options/loopholes. boo! i hate wasting money. it’s amazing how much the government takes/charges us for marrying! from the license, to name changes, to every little other fee… ridiculous.
Post # 7
Exactly the same thing here…I’m in the process of changing my name on everything and my passport is on the list. I hate wasting money but had no choice. 🙁