Post # 1
does anyone know the answer to this…
so my passport doesnt expire for a few years yet, and it of course says my first and last name. after were married of course (in EIGHT weeks), my name changes! i dont know if itll be a problem for the honeymoon (we leave immediately the next morning after) because my name wont have fully been changed on my ID or anything legally.. but when we cruise again in dec, my name will have been changed by then. so will i need to get a new passport with my new name, or can i keep the now current-then old passport until it expires?!
Post # 3
Your tickets need to match your passport. At least, this is the case for flights, not sure about cruises. You should be able to travel under your old name as long as the documents match. You might also want to bring a copy of your marriage certificate just in case. I would definitely not book a flight under your new name if you haven’t gotten a new passport yet.
Post # 4
When I’ve traveled international, I’ve only had to present my passport, no other form of identification. You need to travel under the same name that’s on your passport.
Post # 5
you just need to put everything in your current name (maiden name). Dont put anything (plane tickets, reservations, etc) in your new name into it has been legally changed.
Post # 6
Once your name changes, you need a new passport. However, they don’t charge for a new passport for marriage-related name changes IF your new one was issued within a year.
Someone at Carnival told me if your name is screwy for Caribbean cruises, you need to bring a certified copy of your marriage license and an unexpired passport.
Post # 7
It won’t matter for your honeymoon because you won’t have had time to change your name yet. So your honeymoon documents will all need to be in your maiden name. For your cruise, if you have changed your name legally by then, you will need a new passport. Alternatively, you can wait to change your name legally until after your passport expires, but the passport (and all other documents like plane tickets) need to be in your legal name.
Post # 8
As long as your ticket matches whatever document you use to prove your ID, you’ll be fine. So continue to use your madien name until you update your passport for anything you’d use your passport for as a form of ID. I updated my passport 3 months after getting married (a few weeks after changing my SNN) because I was still within the year to change it for free. I havent updated my drivers licence yet, and dont plan on doing so until 2015 cause I dont want to pay the fee. For domestic flights where I use my licence to fly, I just use my maiden name on my ticket. .. it doesnt matter what the actual legal name is.. airlines done care and cant check as far as I know. I’ve been on some 25+ flights in the past year since getting married and havent had a problem.
Post # 9
thank you!!! that helped. i knew not to worry about the honeymoon flights etc, because nothing will have changed that fast but i wasnt sure if my passport needed to match my ID come our cruise n vacation in december.
Post # 10
Buy your honeymoon tickets in your maiden name. Once you get back, you will have time to change your passport and will be able to travel under your married name at the end of the year.
You will have to pay for a new passport since you haven’t bought a new one within the past year.
Post # 11
@wifegoodman: you passport will basically be your ID for your cruise in Dec, so if you dont want to update your passport yet, just keep using your maiden name. If you do update it and go with your married name, dont forget to change your name for your airline frequent flier miles too, they will only give you miles for the ticketed name which HAS to match the name on the account. (I’m not sure if you can prove its the same person or not, it’d probably be more hassle than it was worth). It took a few weeks for some airlines to respond and updated it too. You can always fly and update and request miles after the fact, but that usually takes forever.
Post # 13
I have to ask a quick question, because I *think* I read 2 conflicting answers.. my passport is several years old, when I change it to my married name, is there a fee if I do it within 1 year of being married. OR does the passport itself have to be under one year old to not pay a fee to change it?
Post # 14
@X0JLYNN03: The passport has to be less than a year old.
Post # 15
if you are not going to change your passport until it expires, travel under your maiden name until it’s changed. not hyphenated, as some new brides like to do, just your maiden name. all of your tickets MUST match your passport EXACTLY or your travel will be denied.
once you receive your new passport in your married name, you can start travelling under that name but not sooner.
i have travelled a lot and it’s ashame when i see a newlywed couple at the ticket counter trying to get their seats when the poor girl’s passport doesn’t match the ticket. they are in tears b/c they are denied seats on the plane and can’t go on their honeymoon.
Post # 16
my honeymoon is taken care of 🙂 passport tickets drivers license everything will still be maiden name!
its december that i was confused about as were going on a cruise then. but it just seems that with my new name ill need a new passport! regardless if the one with my maiden name is still good. which is a bummer but itd be more of a bummer to miss a trip!