(Closed) passport about to expire…should I renew before I change my last name?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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honeybee1234:  Renew and then change the name when you need to.  It’s MUCH cheaper to change the name than to re-apply altogethef. 

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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honeybee1234:  If it’s going to expire before your wedding, I’d go ahead and renew. There are no fees to change your name if it’s been less than one year since your passport was issued. If not, I’d just wait and renew with a name change. I was super slack and continued to book and travel under my maiden name for about a year because I hadn’t gotten my passport changed. 

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Post # 4
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Bumble bee

 

You can’t change your passport name unless you’ve legally changed your name.

I can’t imagine not having a valid passport (but i travel alot for work). I would renew to have it done.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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honeybee1234:  Look into this – I got my passport BEFORE our honeymoon and then obviously had to change it after when I changed my name.  Since it was LESS than a year from the time it was issued, I was able to change my last name on it – free of charge. I’m not sure if this applies to the FIRST time you get a passport, or everytime you renew it. If it does, I would renew it now and then change your last name for free when the time comes. 

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/services/correction.html

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Bumble bee

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honeybee1234:  You need to do your legal name change first before you change name on passport, not the other way around.  

Renew now and change name after-within one year of renewal-for the cheapest/easiest route.

ETA: I think I misunderstood your question.  Either way, yes renew the passport now so long as you can complete the passport name change within a year.  Then take whatever credentials/forms of ID required by YOUR state to do your legal name change.  This may or may not include a passport.  

If unexpected foreign travel should come up before you update your passport you would just book your flight in your maiden name so it matches your passport.  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Definitely renew it now and then have your name changed on it after the wedding. It’s free to do the name change on your passport as long as it’s been less than 1 year since it was issued. You’re much better off paying to renew it now and then getting the free name change rather than re-applying with your married name after it’s expired. Be prepared for it to take a while, they’re experiancing quite the back log that is only going to get worse in the coming months/years.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Where are you? In the UK you can change it into your married name 3 months before the wedding (you just can’t travel until then – it’s post dated to your wedding day)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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honeybee1234:  I think if you change your last name within a specific time frame (maybe within 6-12 months of renewing a passport) it would be free of charge to amend it to reflect your new last name. Follow up on the passport website and you’ll get more info about prices.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

In the UK your can change the name on your passport 3 months before the wedding, but then you can’t travel on it in that name until after the ceremony. 

So I think it depends where you are. 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Following, as I will be running into the same issue! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Depends on where you live. My passport expired in december but when I looked into it I found that if I change my name after the wedding I would have to apply for a new passport and pay again. It didn’t make sense to renew my passport and then have to apply for a new passport and pay again in a few months so I decided I could live without a passport for a bit. I’m from Canada though so it might be different where you are. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Yeah, I disagree with most of the poster’s above. If your’e not planning to travel outside the country for your honeymoon and there’s no international trip planned between now and your wedding, why would you renew now and then have to go through the process of changing the name on your passport again in a few months? Let the passport expire, get married, change your name, and then renew your passwort with your new legal name. 

It might not cost anything to change the name on your passport (I don’t know), but why go through the extra paperwork, if you’re not going to need your passport between now and then?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Soon2bmrs1:  Because in the US a name change is free, where applying with a new last name will cost ~$140. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

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Soon2bmrs1:  It’s basically a choice between extra paperwork and $140.  If she lets it expire she is essentially getting and paying for a new passport when she goes to get one in her new name.  I’m lazy & hate paperwork & would let it go to save myself the extra work for like 25 bucks maybe, but not 140, that’s a lot of money to me.

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