Post # 1
I am getting married 2 months out but I need to get my passport renewed before I would be able to switch to my new married name. I wanted to get the new 10 year passports as they are only about $40 more expensive i beleive and I don’t want to have to renew it for a while.
My fiance mentioned to me that I’ll have to get it changed to my married name as soon as we get back from our trip… which means I am basically paying double for my passport, need to get 2 sets of photos done and be stressed to find a gaurantor for my new passport application (the person who did my last one has passed away and I know no one who fits the criteria).
I did some research and found it is rather common for people to change their names after marriage but not on their passport, they simply book their flights in their maiden names and no one is the wiser that it technically is not their legal name as the passport is all they need to travel. As I was explaining this to my fiance he expressed concerns with travelling with our future children…
He worries that since my name will be his surname on our childrens birth certificates and my passport bears my maiden name that they will assume the children are only travelling with 1 legal parent and it will cause problems at the airport as I would be just a stranger in their eyes. Is this the case? Will I be best to change it to my married name if preparation for travelling with children? I am just trying to figure out if it’d be worth it to get the 10yr vs the 5yr if I will need to change it eventually.
I of course can’t get an answer from Passport Canada as their official stance is that it is not an option to use my passport with my maiden name and that I must change it immediately if I wish to travel.
Post # 2
My best friend has a different last name than her husband and their children (she never changed her last name when they got married). To my knowledge they have never had an issue when travelling because the names didn’t match. I think if you were travelling with any children alone you would be safe to get a letter but if you are all together then it doesn’t matter.
I take it that you are taking your honeymoon soon after your wedding. Otherwise I would say let it expire and get a new passport in your married name.
Post # 3
I don’t know about anada but in the US, if your passport is less than a year old, they do the name change for free. Also, if you legally change your name, you will need to change your passport. If you never legally change your name and only use his name “socially” then you can keep your passport. Honestly, just read the rules and follow them, you would not want to get stuck in an airport on a name technicality.
Post # 4
WeddingBells2014: The guarantor rules have changed. It no longer needs to be a “professional” just anyone with a valid passport who is an adult, knowing you for 2 years. If you don’t have anyone who meets those criteria, there is a form you can fill out declaring you don’t have a guarantor. http://passport.gc.ca/info/section2.aspx?lang=eng
I would just suck it up, and pay twice. Save your money now, and get the 5 year, and then after your marriage, change to the 10 year type. They are free to ask for extra identification any time you travel, and if it doesn’t all add up it could mean you can’t travel until you get it sorted. For me, it wouldn’t be worth it. But I don’t think they mandate you HAVE to change either.
Post # 5
IMO it’s not worth the money to risk getting stranded in a foreign country. I would just change it again.
Post # 6
Why would she get stranded? My passport is in my maiden name and I’ve never had a problem. It’s pretty common for women to keep their maiden name nowadays.
Post # 7
LyndaButterfly: Staff in airports are allowed to ask for extra identification. If some documents are in one name, and others in another it can look suspicious. (I don’t think there is anything suspicious about it, but they are on the look out for terrorists, and any shady business). You would be travelling with documents in a name that are not your legal name.
With ID it’s best to have all in one name. Of course this all only matters if they ever ask for extra ID.
Post # 8
WeddingBells2014: I JUST went through this a couple weeks ago. Canadian bee here too!
I chose the 5 year option, then I’ll renew it with my married name. Mainly, the reason being travelling with children. It MIGHT not make a difference, but having a different last name can hold you up at the border, hense my decision.
Also, if this your first time applying for a passport? If not, and your passport hasn’t been expired longer than a year you can to the ‘simple application’ process which does not require a gaurantor.
Post # 9
WeddingBells2014: PS. Just make sure you make all of your travel arrangements in your maiden name/ the name that is on your passport. 🙂
Post # 10
andielovesj: I don’t know about the usa, but in BC, Canada, when you take your husband’s name, it’s not a “legal” name change. A legal name change requires a criminal record checks, etc. you are assuming his last name, what you can do once you have the marriage certificate, and can choose to use your maiden or married name. In Quebec, you can’t assume your husband’s name.
So, yes, I think if you had your maiden name it would be fine. If she felt funny about it, bring a copy of her marriage license along too.
Sorry, on iPhone. Can’t type on this thing.
Post # 11
andielovesj: Thats the thing, I don’t know anyone for 2+ years who has a passport and my family doctor was the one who did it last time, haven’t really gone to any other doctor since then so I am stuck in the longer procedure of taking all my documents in to take an oath which costs even more money.
winterwoodlandbride15: I already have a passport that expired this month so I am lucky enough to be able to just do a simple renewal.
LyndaButterfly: I was actually thinking that I could also pack my marriage licence with me when travelling just in case there are issues. But I have never once been asked for any alternate ID at an airport (never bring any other than my passport) so I am thinking unless there is kids involved that I shouldn’t have issues.
I’ve been thinking about this all day since the renewal papers are being filled out now and I am pretty sure that it would be best to just go with the 10 year one. It’ll certainly be over 5 years from now where there is even a possibility of bringing any children out of the country with me and within Canada travel doesn’t require a passport… So even if I only have the passport in my maiden name for maybe 7 or 8 years it is at least cheaper.
Post # 12
I went through the same thing as my passport expires in 5 months but we are cruising for our honeymoon and require 6 months validity on our passports. My FI got the 10 year and I got the 5 year. I just changed my mind set and included my passport fee as a honeymoon expense. I’ll deal with getting a new one when the next trip rolls around. You’ll have to apply for a new passport, instead of renewing it, as renewals are only possible if your name is the same as the old passport.
ETA: Have you been a patient at a pharmacy for 2 years? If so, the pharmacist can sign your new passport for you.
Post # 13
I know that it can be an issue when you have children who have a different last name. This was a political issue in the UK recently… apparently some people have had to carry their children’s birth certificates with them when they travel, if they do not share a last name…
Post # 14
WeddingBells2014: I had this dilemma too. I was told by the people at the post office that it is best to change your passport to your married name if all of your other I.D. is also in your married name. Sometimes they will not accept the passport if your license or other I.D. does not have the same last name on it.
You will have to apply for an all new passport, you can’t just do a renewal (a pain in the butt!). And you need to bring a copy of your marriage certificate with you if you’re going to the office – or mail it with your application – (along with birth certificate and copy of the other I.D. you’re using – I used my license.).