(Closed) PASSPORT???

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

How soon after you get married do you need your passport? (i.e. are you leaving on a out of country honeymoon shortly thereafter?)

Wait time for passports can be very long.

Post # 5
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Get your passport now if you’re planning on using it on your honeymoon!  All you have to do is bring a copy of your marriage license with you to prove the name change.  My FI’s sister and her husband waited until about 2 months out before the honeymoon to get their passport and ended up having to cancel and go to Key West because they didn’t come in time.  If you dont need for any reason then wait.

Post # 6
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689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you wait, but I would apply for it ASAP after the wedding. If you get one before, you will have the pay the full fee again to get it changed to your new last name. I probably would wait to get mine, but I’m also in SC and it only took me 2 weeks to get my passport.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well seeing as it can take 4-6 weeks to get a passport and it could take a few weeks to get your marriage certificate back, I’d say you are cutting it REALLY close.

But I’ll let other bees chime in.

Post # 8
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ll also say that I don’t plan on legally changing my name until after the honeymoon as my passport is in my maiden name and I dont want to run into any issues.  Definately dont want to mess with customs!!

Post # 9
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You won’t have time to change your name and get a new passport in the time! 

First after the wedding it takes about 1-2 weeks to get the official marriage license/certificate back in the mail from the registers office.  Then you have to go to the social security office.  (and here in NC) you have to wait 3 more days to go to the DMV to get a new license.  Then probably a couple weeks later you’ll get your license and new SS card in the mail.  Only after that can you apply for a passport.  That could take 8+ weeks (depends on what the website says).  Assuming you have a current passport now – you’ll have to give that up in order to get a new one so you wouldn’t want to be caught without one!  Now. there is a rush passport order, and I think that can take a week but you’d still be without any passport while you wait.

I’d just wait until you get back.  Since your ticket is probably already booked in current name.  You don’t want to get to security with mis matching names + id’s.  That would equal disaster!  I doubt an airline would change the name on your ticket – that seems like it would violate anti terrorism rules… or something.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would do it right after the wedding once you get your marriage license back. And if you are worried about getting it back in time for the trip you can pay extra to have it expedited. We have done this before when we forgot our passports expired lol You tell them the date of the trip and they will have it done in time.. usually within 2 weeks

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh that is a good point! If your ticket is booked under your current name then you will have to wait until after the trip. I can’t change my passport until after our april honeymoon since we have already booked the tickets under my current name. 

Post # 12
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6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just make sure (whatever you decide to do) that your tickets for the entire trip (flight hotel etc.) are the same as your name in your passport!

Post # 13
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3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would go ahead and get it and make sure you book everything in your maiden name. That way you will be sure to get it in time.

You actually DON’T have to pay a fee to get your passport updated to your married name. You just send the passport back in along with the proper form and documentation and they will change it for free. You have to do it within a year of getting married.

Post # 14
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@JamaicaBride: wait really?  I had to pay full (and updated higher) price for mine!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Rgeddy: Really….when I got my passport, the very nice lady at the passport office actually printed the form up for me so I wouldn’t have to search for it on the website =) 

You were definitely cheated…here’s the link

 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Rgeddy: If the passport is more than a year old, you have to pay the regular renewal fee. Less than 1 yr old, then there is no fee.

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