(Closed) Passport rules? Help.

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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1327 posts
Bumble bee

As far as I know you are out of luck, as soon as you change your name you will have to get a new passport.

Post # 4
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11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Smith12:  Unless you are planning to have your honeymoon a few months after the wedding, there is no way around it. You’ll need to pay for two passports. To be safe, apply to renew your expired one — in your maiden name — several months before your honeymoon.  Also, you’ll need to make certain that your airline tickets/travel documents are in your maiden name, to match your passport. 

Once you return from your honeymoon and have the opportunity to change your  legal name, you should apply for an updated passport in your married name.

Post # 5
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

First of all, I’m not sure if there’s a way around that. But more importantly, you should get your new one ASAP. You never know when there will be a crazy hold-up on the passport process!

Post # 6
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Smith12: You can get your passport now in your maiden name. Then if you change your name within one year of getting a new passport, the new passport fee is waived.

Also, how long after your wedding are you going to Mexico? It can take a month or more to get your name officially changed.

It took us over 2 weeks just to get our marriage license.

ETA: Top box on this site explains when there is and isn’t a fee:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/correcting/ChangeName/ChangeName_851.html

Post # 8
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1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you renew your passport and then need a new one within 1 year due to legal name change, there is no charge unless you need expedited service.

Post # 9
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11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@KatNYC2011:  I’m so glad you posted this, as I inadvertently provided her with incorrect information regarding the fee. I had to pay a fee when I applied for my passport in my married name shortly after our wedding.  However, I was updating a passport I had obtained two years prior to my wedding.  Therefore, I did not know about this exemption for a change made within a single year. 

Post # 10
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Brielle: NP, I was researching it before I got married. Unfortunately my passport is about 7 yrs old, so when I renew it I will change my name on it.

Post # 12
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1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

great question! I totally didnt even think about it. Im kinda bummed I need to get a new passport with my new name:( I had a bunch of cool stamps on my old one.

Post # 13
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11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Angelz_love: Don’t worry.  Although you have to mail it in with the application for the new one, they do mail it back to you.  It just has a hole in it to show that it is no longer valid.  So, you’ll get to keep your memories and stamps! 🙂

Post # 14
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Smith12: No, 2 weeks AFTER the wedding to get our official license.

Once your officiant signs it you have to send it back to the county court house/registrar for them to authorize it and THEN you get your marriage license that you can use to change your name.

It’s not official until signed off by the city clerk.

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