(Closed) Question about passport & legal name change

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

As long as your name on your ticket and your name on your passport match, that’s all that matters. If you book your ticket now with your current name, change everything else aside from your passport, and change your passport when you get home, you will be fine.

Post # 4
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3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs. Hermit Crab: + 1

We’re getting married in Sweden, then going to France and Switzerland for our honeymoon. Technically I should have a new passport (because in Sweden you file for a name change beforehand, so when you’re married you also have your new name). However, as I don’t have time to get a new one before leaving we’ll just book all the trips in my maiden name, then getting a new passport when I return to Canada.

Post # 5
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2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Current processing time for routine sevice is 4-6 weeks and you can always expedite for extra money and get it within 2-3 weeks. If you want to book the European trip in your married name, I wouldn’t worry too much about it, you should have plenty of time to change it by October.

Post # 6
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384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I should think you would have enough time to change the name on your passport by then. So long as it matches the name on your plane ticket, you shouldn’t have any problems getting to your destination.

Where in Europe will you be staying? Many hotels in Western Europe like to check your passport at check in to make sure you match your reservation. If you get the passport changed, I would also book the hotel under your new name.

Post # 7
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115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We are getting married Feb 16 (EEEEKKKK) and going on our Honeymoon April 11. I just applied for my passport Wed and went ahead and had it expedited. They recommended that I just file for it in my maiden name and not to start the name change process (DL, SS, etc) until after we return from Costa Rica. As long as you change your passport to your married name within a year from getting it, there is no fee/charge.

 

Hope that helps!

Post # 8
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@Mrs. Hermit Crab:  I was going to say the same thing. You mostly just need to make sure everything matches.

You could also just wait to legally change things until after your trip so there’s no reason to worry. Either way, enjoy, fellow Cincinnati bride! 🙂

Post # 9
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I think the issue is less having time to change your name before October, but rather when you’re booking your tickets. If you are planning your trip and booking your plane tickets before your wedding, then you need to keep your passport in your maiden name until you get back, so that it matches your ticket. You can’t book a ticket with your married name until it is legally changed. You can still make the hotel reservations and any other reservations under your married name since it will match your husband’s (I assume).

Post # 10
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2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@txlolo:  actually, it’s only free to change your name if your current passport was issued in the past year (in your maiden name). if your currrent passport was issued over a year ago, they charge you to change your name. i went through this last year and decided not to change it since i don’t need my passport anytime soon.

 

OP- it doesn’t take very long to change your name so you should be fine. i don’t see why you can’t book plane tickets in your married name. the airlines don’t check that and if your name will be changed by the time you leave, then it’s not an issue. social security was super easy (i thought it would be a pain) and i got my new card in about 1 week. then i went to the DMV to change my license and that came within 2 weeks. passports don’t usually take very long and you can get it expedited if you want. most of my credit card companies didn’t even require proof that i got married. they just changed my name when i called them.

Post # 11
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2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Mrs. Hermit Crab:  Why couldn’t she book plane tickets in her married name? I did that for a trip to Mexico a few months after our wedding (that we booked before the wedding) and it went fine since I had my new documents by the time the trip occurred. You have until like a week before departure to enter your passport information for international flights (although this was through American Airlines, the only international flight experience I’ve got so other arlines could be different!).

Post # 12
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115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@calibee79:  As long as you change your passport to your married name within a year from getting it, there is no fee/charge.

Post # 14
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2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@txlolo:  oops sorry. it sounded like you meant from the time you get your new last name. :-/

Post # 15
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115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@calibee79:  lol no worries…I can barely think with my Friday brain fog going on…I had to go through and re-read my post twice just to make sure!

Post # 16
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

There may be complications with changing your name in Canada, since it sounds like you’re actually Canadian/have a Canadian passport. I know in the US there can be delays with marriages abroad since they have different paperwork involved in the marriage process that is non-standard to what is done in the USA.

I would honestly just wait and formally change my name after your big trip. No need to pressure yourself or spend more money expediting it.

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