(Closed) Passport has maiden name, do I need to update or can I leave it how it is?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Should I get a new passport or stay with my current one?

    Update your passport and avoid problems!

    Leave passport with maiden name and cross into Mexico!

  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Darn it! I didn’t even think of that. Yes, just to be safe you should.a maiden name probably wouldn’t be a big deal but crossing borders, especially coming back from Mexico, is a sensitive issue. Better safe than sorry

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

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    lioness_89:  if you have to fly, the passport card isn’t valid. Had some friends almost miss their son’s wedding because of it.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    lioness_89:  I haven’t gone through this myself, but I would assume that the official policy is probably that the passport and ID have to match. Depending on who you get at the border, you may get away with the different names by showing your marriage license, but I wouldn’t risk it if I were you. You may end up getting the guy who got in a fight with his wife that morning and wants to be a dick to everyone that day. Even if you get into Mexico, who’s to say that you won’t have a problem getting back? I would just order a new passport if I were you.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If you’re driving, there shouldn’t be an issue. Bring an official copy of your marriage license just in case.

    ETA: but then again, I’m not familiar with a passport card. If it were the booklet, then I’m 99% sure there wouldn’t be a problem. I’ve gone into Canada with my passport with my maiden name, and used my passport to fly under a ticket purchased in my maiden name after I had legally changed my name. Having your marriage license with you is key for this though.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by  sunshine809.
    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I got married Sept. 2012 and I’ve changed my name everywhere but my passport.  I have traveled many times since then including to Mexico in Feb. 2013, and I just take my marriage license with me.  I’ve never had a problem with it at all – never even given a suspicious look or anything.  I’m planning on waiting until my passport expires to get a new one with the right name, which isn’t for a few more years. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    lioness_89:  if you’re pressed on time, just bring your marriage license. if not, change your name ASAP 

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    lioness_89:  Honestly if you have the time, change your passport card and passport if they still have your maiden name. Minimize your chances of having issues and also because it is a primary form of identity. Most passports are processed in ~6 week so you have time

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    lioness_89:  get a new one.  You want everything to match.

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    lioness_89:  If you want to be sure, you can pay to have it rushed.

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