(Closed) Do I really need to change my name on my passport?

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RunnerBride13:  Well, I am not entirely sure, but I know the name on the Passport has to match the name on the airline ticket – for sure.  In the past, for an international flight, I had to check in with my DL, passport and airline ticket.  Once I got thru the initial check-in, it was Passport and ticket the rest of the trip!

What may or may not cause issue is if your DL does not match your PP and ticket, or if they would ‘understand’ that your DL reflects your married name, but your PP and ticket is your maiden!

Lol…Im not much of a help, but I think I would changed EVERYTHING – including my passport to save any hassle!

Post # 4
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RunnerBride13:  I would bite the bullet and get it changed. I would never consider changing my name on all my ID and credit cards and such but leaving the passport the same. I think you are asking for trouble if any official asks to see your passport and another form of ID at the same time.

Post # 5
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I think it’s fine as long as you book any trips with your name that is on your passport. My mom had an issue about a year ago where she booked a trip with the name that she goes by on a day-to-day basis (and on credit cards and stuff), but her passport said her full birth-name. It wouldn’t have been an issue and they wouldn’t have known if she had just kept it consistent and booked using her passport name- she just used the other name out of habit. I think you should be fine as long as you carry extra information to prove who you are just in case.

ETA: If there’s a chance that you’ll have to show your passport with your changed DL, then I would just bite the bullet and change your passport to prevent any issues.


Post # 6
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@RunnerBride13:  As you’ve implied, the absolutely vital thing is that all of your travel documents match the name on your passport.  This is why I made certain to book my honeymoon in my maiden name, since I would not have been able to change my name legally until I returned home from the trip, and I didn’t actually update my passport until a few months after that.

As I recall, updating your passport to reflect a name change due to marriage within a specified timeframe (I believe it is one year, but I’m not 100 percent certain of this) is not as expensive as updating it due to a passport having expired.

Post # 7
4949 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@RunnerBride13:   Get it changed.  The border officials want everything to match as far as your name.  If you are travelling, the last thing you want is to have ANY irregularity.   

Post # 9
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@RunnerBride13:  The name on your passport should match up to the name on your SS card.  If they don’t you may have trouble in customs.  Do you really want to risk missing a flight because the names don’t match up?  Pay the extra fee and have your passport updated so it won’t expire for 10 years to make it worth changing your name now.  Or you can wait to change your name with SS until your passport expires.

Post # 10
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would change it because legally, you should be traveling under your legal name.  While most people get away with it and it’s not an issue, you don’t want to be one of the very few people that get caught in some sort of incident. 

Post # 11
530 posts
Busy bee

I don’t think you need to.  Just book any international travel using your maiden name… shouldn’t be a problem.  I’ve traveled internationally multiple times to various continents and I’ve never had to show more identification than my passport.

Post # 12
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did it because we often drive when we travel and having the license and passport match is important. But if you don’t need to just the passport and trip tickets matching I don’t think you should have any problems.

You only get a free name change name on the passport if you bought your passport within a year of needing to change it, so that wouldn’t help you in your situation.

Post # 13
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RunnerBride13:  Maybe it was just the customer service rep, or the airline here?!  But, the very first leg of our journey – from Cleveland to Mexico, the United Airlines rep in Cleveland asked us to see all three, and then said we could put our DL’s away for the duration of the trip, as it was Passport only they would check!

Post # 16
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Do they always as to see multiple forms of ID?  No.  But they can.  And if yours dont’ match and that person is in a bad mood, is a stickler for the rules, or for whatever reason doesn’t feel like bending the rules for you then you are screwed.  Personally I wouldn’t risk it.

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