Post # 1
So 5 years ago I did a trip around the world and have all kinds of crazy stamps in my passport. I’m really attached to this passport and don’t want to give it up. We just got married 2 weeks ago and I’m wondering if I send it off to change my name – will they send the old one back or will they keep it and send me back a new empty passport?
Post # 3
You will NOT get your passport back with all your pretty stamps if you send it in. When mine was expiring I just payed more and said that I had “mispaced” my other passport (because I was the same way and wanted to keep my old one for the stamps/visas/memories!!). It wasn’t a big deal but as a word of caution you supposedly can only have a certain number of passports issued to you in your lifetime so just keep that in mind.
Post # 4
I heard that you will get it back, with a hole punched in it. I haven’t done this yet, though, so I can’t say for sure.
Post # 5
I think if you have a still-valid visa in it they send it back.
Post # 6
I just renewed my passport a couple of months ago, and a day after I received my new passport, I received my old passport in the mail with a hole punched in it! I’d assume it would be the same with a name change.
Post # 7
according to the governments website is says.
11. I’m renewing my passport. Do I get the old one back?
Yes, we return the old, cancelled passport to you although it may be sent separately from your new passport. It is a good idea to keep it in a safe place as it is considered proof of your U.S. citizenship.
I hope that helps. I want mine back also, when I renew and change my name. My family has some of my grandparents old passports.
Post # 8
My husband just got a new one and they sent the old one back with a hole in it. The new ones are much prettier than the old passports as well.
Post # 9
Thanks for asking this, i’ve been wondering the same as well!
Post # 10
Renewing is different than a name change. When I changed my name 10 years ago, they sent me back my old passport with a printed entry on a page in the middle reflecting my name change. I found this a little odd, and even more so because they market the page with a post-it flag.
I’ve traveled a fair amount with my “amended” passport and it hasn’t been a problem. It is a little hassel, more so with airline staff who aren’t used to seeing it than with Customs.
I don’t know if they still do this the same way, so if anyone has done a name change (not a renewal) recently, please post.
Post # 11
I renewed and changed my name at the same time, in February 2010. I got my old passport back with a hole punched in the cover.
Post # 12
I’m not really going to risk it personally, I’m just going to say I misplaced it and pay a little extra. I’d rather not even have it lost in the mail, etc.
Post # 13
You should get it back w/ a hole punched in it. If anyone’s passport is <1 yr old, they will actually just amend your current one (like bestforlast).
Post # 14
I changed my name (but did not renew) several years ago, and got back my old (current?) passport with my then new name printed on one of the back pages.
Post # 15
I’ve been wondering this! Glad to know.. I think mine my go missing as well… I don’t want a hole punched in it… we’ve been through a lot… and to a lot of places together!
Post # 16
Actually you will get it back, but there will be a hole punched through it making it invalid. You can pay more money to get a brand new one and say you lost it instead of paying less money to change your name if you prefer. The hole isnt large like taking up the whole book, its like when they punch a hole in your drivers license.