Passports…when are you getting yours?

posted 3 years ago in May 2014
Post # 3
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve had a valid passport all my life and they’re really not that difficult to get. As long as you follow the instructions you should be fine. For the picture just mention that it’s for your passport and they will know what they need to do.

My current one expires in August 2014. Since we plan on going on our honeymoon in Jan/Feb and your passport should have at least 6 months left on it, I’m going to apply for it right after the wedding. I plan on changing my name right away so it all works out well for timing.

If you’re stressed then you should apply for it right away.

Post # 6
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You should definatly be applying for your passport now.  When you order your birth certificate, you should ask for two because when applying for the passport, they will keep it and return it separately.  As far as changing your name, if your honeymoon is shortly after your wedding, don’t even consider trying to take care of name changes first.  Most marriage licenses are not returned promptly, and a passport update takes almost as long as getting one in the first place.  My honeymoon is over a month after the wedding and there is NO way I’m changing until after we return.  Travel times have changed and it’s just not that easy to get everything taken care of, but your airline and cruise documents have to match exactly.  However, the travel industry will respect you and understand that you are now Mrs…… just make sure to mention to your hotel, cruise ship, flight attendant or whomever that you’re on your honeymoon.  Often that gets you extra perks anyway, so having the new name issue just gives you a reason to remind them to treat you extra special.  Best wishes.

Post # 7
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I’ve also had a passport since birth and no issues getting it renewed etc. Once we accidentally mailed my mother’s with no check! Duh! Had to expedite it but it came through in time.

Since we are not planning to leave the country, I am going to wait until I change my name. My passport expires June 2014. So if I do end up needing it for some reason I will renew early as possible next year. But since I really don’t plan on it, I don’t want to renew it and then go through the name change on it.

Post # 8
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I already have mine, but Kevin is starting the process now.  Like me, he had to apply to get a copy of his birth certificate first.  My parents gave me my birth certificate, but I learned after waiting in line, that was not an acceptable one, I had a small certificate and you have to have the long one. 

Post # 10
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re worried about the picture, pay the extra and have them take it for you at city hall/post office. That’s what we did. 🙂 We applied for our passports about a month and a half before our first international trip a couple of years ago, and got them within about 2 weeks. 🙂

Post # 12
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


You want the long one, it includes more information. I had the small one like smaller than a post card, they wouldn’t accept that.

Post # 13
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I always have a valid passport. I won’t be changing my name on it, if I do it will be after the honeymoon.

Post # 14
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Get your passport as soon as you possibly can! I was trying to get mine for a study abroad program and I had nothing but problems.

Post # 15
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BreezyBride24:  Your mom was probably right not to give you her copy; most hospital issued birth certificates aren’t considered “official.”  (as @meke:  found out) I know that my mom had to order one from the county records office so I could get my first passport at 17 (and since I already had a passport, I just had to send the old one in to renew after it expired).

I got my last passport photos taken at Costco, and the renewal went through just fine.  I agree with everyone else that you should just apply for it right when you get your birth certificate in the mail so you can check it off of your to do list.

@Zavrazen:  +1  Definitely wait to change your name until after your honeymoon!  Save yourself lots of confusion.

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