(Closed) Passport Changes Are Expensive – Vent

posted 7 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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5978 posts
Bee Keeper

Tell me about it! It’s the reason I haven’t changed my passport over yet. Just entirely too much hassle right now and I’m not going out of the country for a bit!

Post # 4
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@PrncssDva: When you change your name on your passport, they renew it again for you so it’s good for longer.

If you change your name within one year of getting/renewing your passport, the name change is free.

It’s just the same as if you have to get a new drivers license because you have a new street address, but at least they “renew” the document in the process so it’s good for longer.

Post # 6
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3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Can you not change your name on your passport and use it until it expires? I just got my passport but will put off my name change if it means I have to pay the $135 again!

Post # 8
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mishelleez: If your within 1 year of getting it, then there is no charge.

You can continue to use your old passport until it expires (I think) but that means you’d have to book all tickets under your maiden name and probably keep at least one credit card in your maiden name so you have ID to back it up.

Post # 9
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3252 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Congratulations prncssdva! I’ve been MIA for a while.

I guess I should change my passport before the one year mark then huh?!?

Post # 10
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354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was so bummed… the price for new passports went up this year on July 13.  And we got married on July 9th.  There was no way I could get the marriage certificate to them before the 13th, so I was stuck paying the extra (30? 50?  I forget how much it went up.)  My old one was from 2007, so I had to pay.  Didn’t want to travel under my maiden name for another seven years….

Post # 11
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1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@mak418: wow, american passports are good for 10 years? They are only good for 5 in Canada. I’m just going to continue using my maiden name on my passport until I have to renew it (1.5 years). Because I am only assuming my hubby’s name, my birth certificate will remain unchanged, I’ve been told that will be sufficient. I’ll probably leave one credit card in my maiden name just to be safe. Everything else will be changed as soon as I get the marriage certificate. Once I renew my passport, I’ll switch everything over to my new name.

Post # 12
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1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

the guy at the post office told me that if i didnt want to pay to get a new one, i could use my old one and just bring a copy of my marriage license, so i plan on doing that!

Post # 13
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7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@awakemysoul: Yep, and we can renew and stuff at any consulate or embassy, anywhere in the world. You guys have to go home to do that stuff, don’t you?

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