Passports Name Change and Potential Issues?

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not sure it’s the same in Canada, but here, we only need 1 form of ID to travel – a passport OR a drivers license. If that’s true in Canada as well, make the plane reservations in your maiden name and then the passport matches. At least here, if the ticket and the passport don’t match, you are NOT getting on a plane.

Post # 4
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t think you can travel with an ID that does not match your passport. A marriage license isn’t a proper format of proof in these situations, I don’t believe. You can always call and ask, but I don’t think they’d consider it a form of identification.

I’d save yourself a lot of trouble and just get your passport updated ASAP.

Post # 5
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Honey-Bee:  I would speak with a knowledgable source on this like the State Department. They don’t dick around so I wouldn’t make assumptions. I’d either pay for rush service on my passport or wait until I returned from my business travel.


Post # 6
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Just book your December travel in your maiden name and use your current passport for those travel purposes.  You only need one form of ID.  I have a co-worker who did this 4 months after her wedding to enter and exit the Dominican Republic for her honeymoon with no issues.

Post # 7
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m Canadian – my name is legally changed on everything EXCEPT my passport.  I had just renewed it earlier in the year and didn’t want to have to pay again. I spoke to someone at the passport office and they said don’t change it, just book all your travel in your maiden name.

I hate that in Canada when you change your name you have to pay again and re-do the whole passport process. It’s a pain and I know I have to do it in a couple years, but at least right now it was an easy solution. I’ve traveled several times with the passport in my maiden name, never had a problem or been asked for other ID 🙂

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