(Closed) passport name change help

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 17
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Airlines and customs (“border crossing”) are two VERY different “beasts.”

If I have a valid government issued ID that says my name is ACTUALLY UmbrellaMoon, then as long as the picture on that ID looks like me and my airline ticket is pruchased under the name UmbrellaMoon the airline does not care. 

There ARE government security officers who will care if I am travelling under a false name, but as long as I don’t cross an international border nobody except the local/national will be checking my documents.  They only check my documents at the secutiry checkpoint – and are checking to make sure the name on my gov’t issued ID matches my ticket/boarding pass AND that my ID is valid.  If TSA (in the US) somehow realizes that my legal name isn’t UmbrellaMoon I will be detained and questioned.  If I can explain that I used to be UmbrellaMoon, I’ve had my name legally changed, and I just forgot/haven’t gotten around to/ran out of time/couldn’t figure out how to change my name on my plane ticket I’ll probably be released without being charged with anything.  I may or may not be allowed to fly on my flight – if I haven’t missed it.

If I cross an international border I must present a passport (or equivilent documentation showing my country of citizenship).  When that plane lands in a country different than the one the flight originated in, EVERY passenger on board must travel through customs and show their passport.  Typically you have to answer a few questions asked by the customs agents (Do you have anything to declare? What’s the purpose of your travel?)  While you are talking they are scanning the barcode on your passport with their passport readers and reviewing the information.  If the customs official realizes that I’m traveling under an alias I suspect he will not be so kind as the TSA agent that released me in the US example.  The explanation “I just didn’t want the hassle of changing my name on my ticket” is less likely to be met with sympathy when there is a percieved potential threat. (Why else would you hide who you are?)

You might eventually convince the customs officer that you’re harmless, but it will be a long chat… have the number to you embassy handy.

Change your name on all your travel documents.  Even if you have to pay a name change fee.  The airline should be cooperative, explain to the customer service rep that you have had your name legally changed and you are not trying to change the customer traveling on the flight.  This might help you get on the same page. And lower any standard fees to a price that you’re more comfortable paying.

Post # 18
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

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@Lyndzo: Depends on the country- no fee in the US within a year of renewal, $87 in Canada

Post # 19
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Being someone that lives in bc and crosses into washington all the time….all that they will ask you for at theborders and flight check in will be you passport, i don’t think that i’ve ever had them ask for secondary id and we have done our fair share of flying this year alone.  I wouldn’t worry about changing your passport before your honeymoon.  I know that the passport will be the last thing I change cause it expires in 2013 and i’m not paying $87 to have it changed and then expire a year later but I am changing all my other id after the honeymoon.  Hope this helps.  Plus I have heard a rumor that US and Canadian border guards, their systems are not connected at the moment.

Post # 20
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I encountered the same thing….had changed my DL to my new name but not my passport yet.  I simply brought my marriage license in case they asked.  They only looked at my passport and airline ticket.  Plus I always carry a copy of DH’s orders in case they want to know why I’m “living” in their country.  As many times as I’ve been through customs/border patrol, they’ve never once asked for an additional form of ID.

I’ve just recently changed my name on my social security card…it takes at least 30 days to get it overseas.  I cannot do my passport until I get the SS card so right now I have one ID that says one name, one that’s in transit, and one in my maiden name.  Biggest PITA ever! 

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