Passport with Maiden Name for Honeymoon

posted 4 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

zl27 :  ah I see, I looked it up quick on the official gov site and you are right…

“Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.  Consider the following scenario: A country requires that you have at least six months of validity on your passport. You currently have seven months of validity on your passport.  However, your trip is two months from now. At that point, you will only have five months of validity remaining on your passport which is not enough to satisfy that country’s entry requirements. In this situation, you would need to renew your passport before you can make your trip.”

Post # 17
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’ve been married almost two years and still travel with my maiden-name passport. You have to do a full renewal to change the name… might as well get a few more years out of it. (We just have to remember to book under that name.)


P.S. have a blast in Aruba!! We got engaged there and it’s my favorite trip ever. 

Post # 19
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I have been married for almost a year and I haven’t change my name on my passport. All my US paperwork is with my “new” (added his name) name. I travel back and forth (Europe-US) and nobody ever asks eventhough the Green Card doesn’t match my passport and the name on the ticket. Also when I am traveling within the US I still use my maiden name (generally 2 out of 4 names all together) as my whole name never fits in the boxes to begin with. 

And as all the others said. Just because it’s on the marriage  certificate it doesn’t mean anything. My husband wanted to change his name as well (and put it on the marriage certificate) but never got around to change with SS 

Post # 20
9338 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

 Your name isn’t changed until you go to the social security office and officially change it.

Post # 21
1285 posts
Bumble bee

missm0392 :  Nope, you won’t!  We went to Aruba for our honeymoon too.  As long as your airline ticket matches your passport, you’ll be fine.

Post # 22
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

missm0392 :  Your maiden name is fine. Typically speaking, your name isn’t legally changed that soon anyway. The process has to make it through the courts and often takes a few weeks to become effective. 

As long as your ID all matches you should be fine. 

Incidentally, you sign your maiden name to the marriage certificate, not what would be your married name. 

Post # 23
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

SabL22 :  Yeah, that’s not a thing. Your passport is valid the day you sign it after it is issued in your legal name.

Post # 24
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

My name is legally changed and I’m traveling out of the country using my maiden name this summer because that’s what matches my passport. I just got it renewed 2 years ago and dont want to pay to get a whole new one. TSA advised me that the name on your ticket just has to match your passport. 

Post # 25
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You will be fine. I changed my name almost 3 years ago, my passport still has my maiden name. I just book any international travel with my maiden name and I’ve never had a problem. When my passport expires, I’ll renew with my married name.

Post # 26
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Signing a marriage license/ certificate at the ceremony doesn’t legally change your name. It just gives you the permission to legally change it. I personally didn’t legally change my name until after we came back from the honeymoon (which was four months after our wedding) just because I didn’t want to mess with it before a big international trip. If all legal documents are still in your maiden name it should be fine. I’d wait to go to the SSA until after you get back, just to be safe.

Post # 27
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

missm0392 :  “I do plan on changing my last name at the marriage ceremony.

From what I understand here I believe you mean when you sign your marriage license, you plan to sign with your newly married name? I am not sure if it is the same in the US, as I am in Canada, but I just want to mention to you that it may cause you issues.

In Canada, you need to sign your marriage license with your legal name. That license then gets filed with the government, which then mails you a marriage certificate, stating you have been legally married. You use this certificatre to change your last name on all your documents and identifications. So if I were to sign with my ‘new last name’, my license may get denied because I did not sign with my legal name, as you cannot take your partners name until after the marriage occurs. 

However, like I noted, I am in Canada and not exactly sure how it works in the states, but you may want to ask the person marrying you or look into that!

Post # 28
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

pinkshoes :  Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. My passport expired last year, so I considered renewing it in my maiden name and then doing the free correction after getting married. However, since our state doesn’t do “name after marriage” on the license, it won’t suffice as proof, meaning I’d have to pay to get a whole new passport anyhow. I imagine that others in states like mine run into the same issue. 

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