(Closed) Passport/name change dilemma

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I think the most important part is that the name on your plane ticket matches the one on your passport.
So I would hold off on the passport until you come back from the honeymoon, even if you start the rest.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Since security measures are so tight right now, I think it would be best to keep everything in your maiden name until you get back from the honeymoon.  You never know how long the name change process will take, and you never know what forms of ID you’ll be asked for.  Since your ticket is in your maiden name, I think it’s best to keep your passport, IDs, credit cards, etc. in that name as well.  Everyone’s just really on edge about security, and you could avoid a lot of headaches this way!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Don’t forget that your photo ID has to match your plane tickets… and that’s like the third thing you change when changing your name..

I’d either get everything done very quickly, or wait till you get back to change your name..

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would just wait to do everything when you get back.  You can still use your new name socially, but there’s no point in risking problems (and losing a lot of money) when you can just as easily wait.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

shoot, I know someone who didn’t legally change their name until 3 yrs later!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with mrsmdphd

I just applied for a passport 2 or 3 months ago for our honeymoon and I asked this very question.
They said to definitely wait until after you get back!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re leaving for honeymoon roughly 6 weeks after the wedding and I am waiting till after we get back to start the name change process. Don’t want to risk it ya know?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

With all of that said, you can change your name for free on your passport up to 12 months after you renew it (at least that’s what I read).  So it will be on my list of things to change after we get back from our H-moon.  But we are going directly after our wedding.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The typical legal name change process is to get the marriage license, change your social security card, change your Driver’s License, then change your Passport (as you often need the other two to do the Passport).  If you’re planning to leave the Passport in your maiden name, how about you get a head start, change it with SS, but then keep the Driver’s License (your photo ID) in your maiden name so it’ll match your passport and your plane ticket.    You really want the Passport to be the same as your plane ticket.  You *could* change your driver’s license, too, but you’re not going to have enough time, unless you really start immeidately after the wedding, to change your passport, and you may have to end up traveling with a certified copy of your marriage license to proof your maiden name, if you only have one form of ID left in it.

If you can wait 7 weeks, and start on the majority of the name change stuff when you get back – that’ll be best.  You CAN change your name with… your job, your credit cards, your bank, your schools, and Social Security, but I would wait till after the honeymoon to do the Passport and License.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

The problem with changing your driver’s license is that you will be using it for photo ID whenever you use your debit/credit cards.  If you change it too early then you’ll have to carry your passport around with you to use as ID instead.  I always recommend changing your name with your bank and on your credit cards BEFORE doing your driver’s license so you don’t have to worry about it!  (Basically I’d wait to do EVERYTHING until after the honeymoon…)

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

You can’t change your name before you travel, I don’t think that is a good idea with your passport.  Once you get back you can change it, and then you have a year (I was just at the passport office) to have a “freebee” to change it.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just wait until you get back.  It is a bad idea to change your name before you travel.  So your ticket and your passport will have the same name but if you go through the ss office to change your name the government will consider you First name New last name… and this may cause trouble coming back in the country.  I may not know exactly but as someone who goes out the country at least 5 times a year… I wouldn’t mess with it.

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