(Closed) passport question!!

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Google is awesomehttp://travel.state.gov/passport/renew/renew_833.html

Renew by Mail if All of the Following are True:

Your Most Recent U.S. Passport:

check image  Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
  Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  Was issued within the last 15 years
  Was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

double post

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

As long as it was issued less than 15 years ago, and meet the other requirements you should be fine. Why would you want to read between the lines on a checklist that the government issued?

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well, the list posted by PP says you may renew by mail if all those conditions are met, and yours seems to meet it, as it doesn’t say an unexpired passport.  If you’re unsure, you should call your local Passport Agency rather than just asking for opinions.  Better to get it from them directly, anyway.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Pleasae ask the passport agency and/or reread the website. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I sent in an orginal of the marriage license when I did mine two years ago – from what I could tell, that’s what they wanted.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m sure you can send a certified (stamped) copy.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When you first apply for a passport you need to send in a notarized copy of your birth certificate. I would assume the same to be true for changing your name. I just sent mine in for a name change and sent them an actual notarized copy of my marriage license. (I got 3 copies of my marriage license for this specific purpose.)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

A certified stamp copy one will suffice, and they will send it back to you, not at the same time as when you get your passport, they will wait a couple of weeks later and mail it back!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Sorry, as a Canadian, I am very familiar with what is needed for a Canadian Passport (it has been part of my job with the Government of Canada).  And I am “somewhat” familiar with the US Requirements as well… although not 100% familiar when it comes to name changes.  As the others have said you should be asking the Passport Office these Questions for how they APPLY THE LETTER OF THE LAW

But anyhow, here in Canada one must submit ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS ONLY… they don’t accept Photocopies or even Certified Copies.  They see your paperwork (in person at a Passport Office, or by mail in) and then they return them back to you.

In Canada you have to present an Original Birth Certificate to get a Passport, and if there is a name change since that being issued, then also the Original Court Document that made the name change legal, or a copy of your Original Marriage Certificate if the change was due to marriage.

As the US fight on world terrorism is the main reason that North America has now gone to Passports for travel in the Western Hemisphere (a change post 9/11) I cannot imagine that the USA would have even more lax requirements than Canada (it is a US Passport that allows you BACK INTO THE USA as Proof of Citizenship)

But again, as others have said, you need to check up what the requirements are for a Name Change with the US Passport Service.

US Passports (Bureau of Consular Affairs – US State Department) = http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Hope this helps (some),

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Mine had been expired a year or so and I renewed it before the wedding, then sent it in right after with a certified copy of the marriage license.  They send it back. 

But, yeah, go ask at a post office if you want to make sure.  The website is pretty straightforward, though.  It’s just a matter of if you have to pay or not (you do).

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