I didn't change my name on my passport; can I….

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I highly doubt it. You may be able to get around that by booking your airline ticket in the name that appears on your passport since it is considered a valid form of ID. Otherwise, Customs doesn’t accept a marriage certificate and and old passport as a form of id. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Why do you have to show more than one form of ID?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Just use your current passport. I have married and legally changed my name but have been out of the country twice with just my passport. I purchased the plane tickets in my maiden name and had no problems with customs.

 

I just recently sent off for a new passport though, with my current married name because I always felt on edge and like I was about to get caught doing it the other way.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sienna76:  Your passport should be sufficient.  I’ve traveled to Europe, and there they just look at the picture, then at you, then frown for a bit, then it’s good.  So I can’t imagine it would be different go to Canada.  I haven’t been since they’ve required a passport.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

According to the US border crossing website, you only need one approved item to establish identity.

Starting June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the travel documents listed below.

U.S. PassportThis is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies a person’s identity and nationality. It is accepted for travel by air, land and sea.

U.S. Passport CardThis is a new, limited-use travel document that fits in your wallet and costs less than a
U.S. Passport. It is only valid for travel by land and sea.

Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)Several states
and Canadian provinces are issuing this driver’s license
or identification document that denotes identity and citizenship. It is specifically designed for cross-border travel into the U.S. by land or sea.

Trusted Traveler Program CardsGlobal Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST enrollment cards can speed your entry into the U.S. and are issued only to pre-approved, low-risk travelers. The cards are valid for use at land or sea; the NEXUS card can be used in airports with a NEXUS kiosk.

Special GroupsInformation for Children, Groups of Children, Native Americans, “Closed Loop” Cruises, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, U.S. Military, Merchant Mariners, Ferries and Small Boats, and Boaters.

Knowing what documents are required and having them ready when you return home will help streamline the entry process and ensure your return to the U.S. is as smooth
as possible.”

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have no idea about driving across, only flying. But I’d imagine that a passport would be sufficient unless you were the driver, then Customs or Border Patrol may ask to see your driver’s license. But I say this based solely on common sense which sometimes doesn’t factor into the equation when dealing with the government and their laws. 

Obviously, I have absolutely no idea about the legalities of this stuff so please don’t completely rely on Internet advice from strangers. When in doubt, consult the State Dept’s travel information available online. 

ETA: or look at what @Hyperventilate posted. She’s pretty awesome about finding reliable info and posting it with the source

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@sienna76:  You need to travel under whatever name is on your passport until you legally change your name with the passport office.  Otherwise you risk being turned away from a flight or at the border if the name you book under doesn’t match up to the name on your passport.  If your passport is still valid even though it’s your maiden name then you need to travel to Canada under your maiden name and only show your passport while there.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@sienna76:  Sure thing. Here’s the link. Now, keep in mind that this link is just what is required to get back into the US.

Canada, however, has different requirements.

“To visit Canada, you must:
have a valid travel document, such as a passport;
be in good health;
satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties, such as a job, home, financial assets and family, that will take you back to your country of origin;
satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit; and
have enough money for your stay. The amount of money you will need can vary with the circumstances of the visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel or with friends or relatives. For more information, ask the Canadian visa office in your country or region.”

So, you’ll need another form of identitification to get into Canada as opposed to coming home.

If your passport doesn’t match your license, they may not let you cross the border. I doubt they’d take a marriage license but it’s something you could call and ask.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I go to canada all the time and it still has my maiden name on it (i got the passport when I was like 16 and i never bothered with a new one, im 23 now) ive never had any problems. This is with WA/CA border and AK/CA border. You only to show them one form of ID so its not like they will know if your are married or not unless you show them two forms of ID with different names. I simply show my passport and thats all. Ive used it both for flying there and driving. If you are flying into canada just make the ticket with your maiden name that matches passport just in case 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just make sure your ticket name and passport name match and you should be good

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