(Closed) Just realized if I change my last name it won’t match my passport

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you are traveling 3 months after your wedding you should have enough time to get a new passport.  Assuming that you get your name changed immediately after the wedding.

I think that the passport agency will even do it for free.  That is what I have heard.

If you are worried, book the trip under your maiden name.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d book your trip under your maiden name. Don’t cut it close hoping your new passport will show up in time!!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If I were you, to be safe I’d book in my maiden name and do all the name change stuff after the HM. I just started my name change process (we bought a car RIGHT after the wedding and they told me to be safe with our financing to wait a bit) and I was surprised at how many parts there are. At least here in IN, it’s not just boom- done. I had to go to social security, then had to wait at least 3 days for the BMV (DMV in most places). Then our BMV is now doing a thing where they run facial software so you don’t get your license for about two weeks, in the mail. Still haven’t gotten my SS card or my license in the mail. THEN I can start doing all other stuff like banks, passport, etc. It can be a LENGTHY process. Everyone already calls me by my married name, it’s just not “official” yet. You might want to look closely at your state’s requirements and your schedule post-wedding and pre-HM to decide if you want to risk it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i would just wait to change my name till you got back from costa rica.. you can have your passprt re-issued for no charge if you get married withing 12 months of the original date of issue.. or three months really is plenty of time to get a new one in cause they don’t have to do all the research, they just have to change it and re-issue 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Just wait to change everything until after the honeymoon.  You will end up paying more if you wait to book your flights 3 months out, and you may need multiple forms of id in the same name.  The only way to be sure it will all be ok it to do it with your maiden name.  You can still use your married name socially until you get around to making it official.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Agree with others.  Keep passport in maiden name and remember to BOOK in maiden name.  Also keep at least one other form of ID in maiden name in case you need it in the travel process.  I’ve booked in maiden name since we’re leaving 3 days after wedding.  Unfortunately, I need to renew my passport before the wedding, but will take advantage of the free within one year name change renewal once we’re back and have the marriage certificate.  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Um, I’m literally going through this right now. DH was on the phone with the passport people for about an hour last night.  My cirumstances are slightly different. We were married June 4th, and are going to Afghanistan (non-military) for at least a year in August. Here’s my experience though.

You have a few options. You can book the trip in your maiden name and travel on that old passport. To be honest though, at three months later, I think this is really pushing it. ESPECIALLY if you’ll have changed your SS card, license, and other cards. If you were doing right after the wedding, they probably wouldn’t blink (they’d have no way to know), but 3 months later is definitely pushing the fraudulent travel. 

You really should re-do the passport before you go. It took 3 weeks to get my marriage license, so you really don’t have an issue here. How old is your passport? If it’s under 1 year, like another bee said, it’s free. If it’s over 1 year old, its full price. HOWEVER, you can fill out the DS-82 form (you can print it from the internet) and renew by mail. Even with your time frame (since you don’t need a visa, right?) you can probably just do regular processing and it will come back with plenty of time. If you expedite it, it will come back within three weeks, giving you several weeks of leeway.

Our circumstances are a bit different (Both changed name, need visa, etc) so we are actually going to book an appointment at the passport agency and have them processed together and in less time. They usually do this if its only a few weeks before travel, but it doesn’t cost more money. It’s one of those things that seems to reward procrastinators, but in our case it’s the best way to make sure there isn’t a delay since we each need a new passport and there is only one marriage license. We’re also lucky that its in our town. 

Good luck! Hope that helps.

Post # 11
Hostess
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Ngolden1: By the way, if you call the airline, they will change the name for you. I had to do this when I misspelled the name of my photographer on his ticket to our wedding. It wasn’t a big deal. (At least with Delta)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I agree with SutSip.  It’s OK to travel after 3 months if you haven’t changed your name on anything (because in all reality you haven’t changed your name yet).  But I wouldn’t recommend changing your name on everything except the passport then continuing to book and travel in your maiden name.  

You can make an appt at a regional passport agency if you’re traveling internationally within 14 days (bring proof of travel) or need a visa to a place that takes longer – China, Russia, India, etc.  Your expedited passport can generally be picked up within a few days or mailed to you Priority Mail or Express within 2 wks, depending on your specific circumstances.  

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