Post # 1
Bees…don’t be like me. When you change your name, change your passport right then and there. B/c almost 4 years later, it is a MAJOR pain in the butt to do! We’re going on vacation in July, and I thankfully realized that my passport is still in my maiden name. So I’m rushing to get it in my married name in time for our trip.
The few things I didn’t realize – we never were sent a certified copy of our marriage certificate when we were married. We have the pretty piece of paper from PA that just says, “Original Marriage Certificate” but according to PA’s website, it’s basically just used as a chochkie! Not valid to do much with! And come to think of it, I had some problems when I went to the SS office to change my name with that “certificate” but they let me slide b/c they changed my name for me.
So, not only did it cost me $10 and my poor husband running down to the courthouse before it closed yesterday to get a REGISTERD copy of our marriage certificate, but it’s also costing me $110 for the renewed passport, $60 for the exedited service and $20 for overnight delivery there and back. I’m kicking myself!
Moral of the story, get your passport changed when you change your name.
Edited to correct cost :o)
Post # 3
That sucks! I need to get mine changed. I’m going to Mexico in November.
Although – as a correction – you still have to pay to change your name on your passport even if you change it immeadiately. The only time you can change it for free is if you’ve only had your passport for less than a year.
Post # 3
Thank you for the reminder! I need to mail in my application to get my name changed. It has been sitting on the counter at home for a few weeks and I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!
Also, you need new pictures when you change your name…even if you’ve only had your passport for a few months. This is good news for me…my passport photos are terrible! 😉
Post # 3
Thank you for posting this! I got married almost 10 months ago and still havent changed my passport but need to for our trip in December. I would have waited a lot longer had you not posted this!
Post # 4
@Mrs.KMM: Ah, you’re right…it’s only if it’s been issued less than a year ago.
I still would’ve saved myself almost $80 had I done it right away! And given myself peace of mind too :o)
Post # 5
My sil (married in 2005) still hasn’t changed her passport. She just takes her marriage cert. with her on vacation, and hasn’t had any problems yet.