Only change surname on passport and frequent flyer. Issues?

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Your passport and driver’s liscence must match exactly. That’s how it’s always been for me at least when trying to re-enter the U.S., but I don’t know about Australia. 

 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most things that require an ID want your legal name…so yeah I’d say you might run into some problems. You’d probably have to carry around your official marriage license while travelling for sure.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just dealt with this… kinda.

I am married but I took my sweet time changing my name on all government stuff cuz its a huge pain… I moved my maiden name to my middle name and changed my last name to DH’s via the marriage lisence so I took a copy with me to the bank, DMV, and Social Security offices all to make sure they matched.

 

DH is british so we made plans to fly to London to be with his fam over Christmas but I still had 2 years left on my passport and wasn’t sure I had enough time to change the name before our flights sooooooooooo I just made sure my flight was booked with my maiden name that matched my passport and I got through customs and everything just peachy.  I was worried they would have some grand computer database that matched my passport to my social and showed the name change but it didn’t!

SOOO I want to say if you’re ticket matches your passport you’ll be fine… BUT to be honest, you might as well just go through the hassle this once in your life to make him happy and make your life less complicated in the future.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Berry-b.:  not sure how you will change your passport name without legaling changing your name.  i feel like it’s all or nothing. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Unless you’re only using your frequent flyer miles to fly internationally, that could be an issue- they’ll want to match those up with the ID you use for domestic flights. (I just dealt with this recently- hadn’t changed AirTran over to my married name-luckily they were one of the few that let me do it over the phone vs. faxing or emailing a copy of our license.)

Re the above post about both matching- you only need to show one form of ID. You can fly domestically with your passport- I’ve never been requested to show my driver’s license in addition to my passport.

My two cents: if you’re going to make the change, just go ahead and do it full out. Overall it’s maybe a day total (I had to wait at social security and for my new driver’s license.)

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

What about if you ever need to like…apply for a job? A mortgage? A car loan? Health insurance? I would assume these things search for your information by your SSN, and when it doesn’t match your ID and other info I would think that might make things complicated. I would change everything. I did all the important stuff (ID, SSN, bank, etc) all in one day.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t know about Australia but in the US, having all of my official identifying documents NOT match caused me a huge problem at work when we were required to show proof by Homeland Security (I workin  highly regulated industry) that we are legal US citizens or have appropriate visas. Huge. I almost lost my job because of it and I have been with my company for over 15 years.  It was an administrative oversight on my part but my company’s hands were tied and Homeland Security would not budge. Total nightmare because I had to deal with two separate government agencies whose bureaucracy and policies would not allow me to successfully change things over within the timeline Homeland Security was demanding. No joke. So my best advice to you is switch over completely or don’t at all but you never know when mismatched documents may cause an issue.  Best wishes!

 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Do you guys have Social Security cards?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Berry-b.:  Hmm… Well I did experience something similar to what this would be like; I got my passport in 2009 and I was just starting to figure out my signature.

Since then, I’ve got bank/debit cards with my new/current signature on them. They don’t match my passport, and the signatures are pretty different.

Fast forward to late 2012, when we went to Thailand for a holiday. Completely forgot I had my old “lame-teenager-still-undecided” signature on my passport. Anyway, I had to show my bank card to check in at our accommodation and show my passport to confirm my ID… and both had different signatures on them. Oh yeah they looked at me funny and I was panicking inside.

Thankfully, they were really cool about it and let it slide, but the whole holiday I was freaking out thinking I’d get arrested for a having a fake passport/forged signature or something!

I think the best thing to do is make sure everything is the same!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@Foreverblonde345:  I just wanted to clarify, sorry, I think it’s a typo in your post, but you mean NOT matching on everything caused you problems with Homeland Security, right?

Your ordeal sounds like it was a huge pain to deal with; I’m glad you were able to get it straightened out!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Berry-b.:  it may be different in Australia. But to get back in the country in the us you need a passport and either license or state issued ID card. I’m going to the Bahamas Friday again and was sent a reminder to have to picture identification cards

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