Post # 1
Fiance and I both need passports and preflight clerance for honeymoon. I am planning to change my name and that takes time.
My initial thought was to do the Passport and Preflight clearance in my maiden name so we can go on our honeymoon right after we marry.
But, its costly to do these things (~$350) so it kind of seems like a waste of money since we dont already have these things and I presume I would need to pay again when i change my name (maybe not?).
Just curious how everyone else handled this, particularly if you didnt already have a passport/etc.
Post # 2
I’m not sure, but I have also just realised my passport expires just after my wedding in May so I also need a new one but I can’t figure out when I’m doing with my name!
Post # 3
How soon after the wedding are you going on your honeymoon? The easiest way would be to change your name, get your passport in your new name, then go on your honeymoon. You can expedite the passport process (not sure about preflight or why that is required), but if you’re leaving that night or something it’s obviously difficult.
The other way, getting a passport in your maiden name and changing your name/passport after the honeymoon is definitely a ton more money, as well as time and effort. Again, idk about preflight clearance but I do think you’d need to pay for a new passport even with a name change.
Post # 4
If you change your name on your passport less than a year after it was issued, you don’t have to pay the fees again.
Post # 5
How far apart is your wedding and honeymoon? It took me probably 6 months to be able to change the name on my passport (where I live it takes 2-3 months to get your marriage certificate and then you have to change all your provincial IDs first before you can change your passport), so I just flew with my maiden name.
Post # 6
I would do everything in your maiden name and update later so that you can go on a honeymoon right away. I thought the passport name change process was extremely easy (although it does take some time). If you are going to wait until after your name change, I would wait until several months after marriage to schedule your honeymoon. It took me about two months from my marriage to get my name changed with all the correct agencies and get my new passport – I only got it that quickly because I REALLY hustled and got lucky with the passport coming in earlier than scheduled.
jellybellynelly : if you are in the US and you request the name change within one year after your passport was issued, you don’t have to pay any additional fees. I’m pretty sure (but not positive) that you don’t have to pay anything for TSA precheck, either – you just fill out name change documentation.
Post # 7
HoneysHoney : Thanks, didnt know this and it definitely helps.
sapphire27 : We havent booked yet. Plan to marry in July but honeymoon we are still planning so thats how this came up. Dont want to be in a situation where we have an issue with documents taking too long
hotdoglover : This makes sense. We will probably do the name change after, especially if it doesnt cost a ton of extra money
Post # 8
I booked everything in my maiden name so that I can leave on my honeymoon right away. We left for our honeymoon the next day so I wouldn’t have been able to have my marriage certificate yet anyway. I liked it better this way because we were still on our wedding high and there wasn’t the added stress of getting my documents in time for travel. Once back from honeymoon, I collected my marriage cert and proceeded with changing my passport and everything else.
Post # 9
I am going to wait until my name is changed before applying for a passport. I thought about getting one in my maiden name and then changing later but didn’t see the point because of fees and how annoying it already is to change name.
Post # 10
I got a post dated passport (UK). I needed the registrar to sign a particular form to say I was getting married and had to do it no more than 3 months before the wedding.
It meant I couldn’t use my passport before the wedding but I did get to go on honeymoon in my married name. I did it as my passport expired in the May and we got married in the September, so I didn’t want to renew in my maiden name when I knew I wasn’t keeping it.