Post # 1
We got married in September 2015, and booked our honeymoon in my maiden name, (well it was before I’d filled in all the name change forms for government/bank/driving etc etc. so was in fact still my name) I did change my surname after we got back, and everything apart from my passport is now in my married name and title. I haven’t yet changed my passport as I think it costs around £75 to get a new one and it’s still valid until 2021!
Has anyone continued travelling on a passport in their old name? I’m guessing so long as plane tickets are booked in my maiden name it’d be fine… We haven’t been abroad since we got married so I hadn’t thought about it til now haha!
Post # 2
I did my passport right away, cause I had just done it a few months earlier and it was free to change it. But I did travel with my drivers licences under my maiden name domestically for another 3 or so years until it expired cause I didn’t want to pay the fee. Dont think it matters as long as the name matches whatever form of ID you plan to use.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I think you’d be fine if you traveled with your notarized marriage license in addition to your passport, just to be safe. I went ahead and changed my name on my passport to avoid any hassle.
Post # 4
Huh, I’m the other way around, I Had to change my name on my driving licence legally (which was a pain as I’d only just had a new one printed because they need an up to date address on it too!)
It looks as though it’s legal to travel on your old name until the passport expires, then just notify them of name change when I renew.
Post # 5
FutureDrAtkins : Good idea. I must still have a copy somewhere from all the original name changing fun.
Post # 6
Make sure the name on your ticket matches the name on your passport.
Post # 7
its too confusing to have IDs in both names, I just sucked it up and changed the passport and drivers license.
Post # 8
I’m in the same situation. My passport doesn’t expire until 2023 and I don’t want to pay the €85 to change it. I just travel using my maiden name. I haven’t had any issues!
Post # 9
hazelbee : Haven’t changed mine, and it’s not set to expire until 2030!!! Haven’t used it once, no point in changing it for me.
Post # 10
I think you just have to make sure that the name on your ticket matches your passport. ☺
Post # 11
I’m not getting my passport changed until it expires in 2020. We fly for free and currently all of that is under my maiden name, but my license shows my married name, so I just use my passport for all travel.
Post # 12
I changed my passport straight away but only because it was running out in a year anyway and we moved abroad 3 months later so I needed to get everything in order for that. Theres nothing wrong with using your old passport as long as the holiday is matched up to the same names.
Post # 13
I continued to fly with my passport in my maiden name for almost a year after the wedding.
Post # 14
I just sucked it up and paid to renew with my new name (and I was extra annoyed because I was just outside the window where you could change your name for free.. I had renewed something like 16 months prior, so it was good for 9 freaking years).
I had already booked an international trip under my new married name, and knew I’d be changing my driver’s license immediately, so for ease of having everything match, I paid the $100.
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
hazelbee : I had just missed the cut off for not having to pay for a name change (first year after getting my passport), so I just changed it on my passport because we booked our first anniversary/belated honeymoon trip in my new (married) last name. As others mentioned, I didn’t want to bother with going by two different names. I had no connection to my maiden name so for me, I was glad to have my last piece of document changed over sooner rather than later.