Post # 1
I got married almost 6 months ago, and have legally changed my name on everything except my passport. As long as I make all the reservations in my maiden name, would I have any problems just using my passport?
It’s been a couple years since I’ve traveled internationally – Please reassure me that I won’t get “in trouble” for not going by my legal name, and that at no point do I have to show more forms of photo ID [like also my drivers license, which wouldn’t match] than just my passport?
Post # 3
I don’t know if this helps, but my mom’s driver’s license and passport name has never matched. Long story short, the order of her first and middle name is switched up. She’s never had a problem traveling internationally.
Post # 4
I had a problem, I had my birth certificate (birth surname) and my passport with my married name that obviously didn’t match. I wasn’t able to board my flight until I got my marriage license with me. My husband wasn’t flying with me and had to go home and find it (we’d been married over 20 yrs at the time) and bring it to the airport. I wasn’t even allowed to fly the first leg of my flights, even though it was still within the country.
Post # 5
@creativeplannertobee: I hate to ask, but why were you using your birth certificate to board a plane? My name on my birth certificate (from another country) has never matched my USA passport name so I’m curious about this in case it ever happens to me.
Post # 6
@creativeplannertobee: I’m wondering the same as yellowshoe. I’ve travelled with only my passport and they never question for a second form of identity- not to mention I dont carry around a birth certificate. I was always under the impression that the passport was like the highest form of identity one could have and didnt require backup. At the moment, my brith certificate doesnt match my licence which doesnt match my passport. :- ETA: but when I travel with in states, my licence has always been enough, and internationally, passport has always been enough so I make sure to match whatever name is being used to the form of identity I’m going to use.
Post # 7
I believe you have to make the plane reservations in whatever exact name is on your drivers license. This is what I had to do on my last flight. Since 9/11, they’ve changed quite a few regulations.
So, you may run into a problem since you won’t be able to book under your maiden name. Call your airport and see what they would suggest. It may be as simple as carrying your marriage certificate with you, or you may have to get another passport and rush it through if your travel date is sooner.
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Post # 9
@red_rose: I’m not sure if it’d be different in the US of A, but the passport folks here told me not to change mine until my passport expired, which isn’t for another year or so, and said I shouldn’t have a problem. I might take my marriage certificate, just to be safe, though.
Post # 10
I’d recommend bringing an official copy of the marriage certificate so you have a paper trail! You never know…flying/travel is crazy these days
Post # 11
You have sixty days to get a new passport with your new name for free/ a small fee (cannot remember). If it is past the 60 days you have to buy a new passport. I researched this cause I am getting a passport for the first time, and I wondered the same thing.
Post # 12
@Jamie42003: That’s incorrect. No fee name change has nothing to do with when you got married, but with when the last time your passport was renewed. If it was renewed less than a year ago, you can update it with no fee. Over a year, and there is a fee no matter what.
See the section on special services: http://travel.state.gov/passport/fees/fees_837.html
Post # 13
@Gemstone: thanks! It does seem to imply that you only need *one* government-issued ID, and presumably a passport would suffice.
@subbywife11: I’m not sure I understand. Why would you need to make the reservation in your drivers license name? Couldn’t you just make it in your passport name and then just show the passport when asked for ID?
Post # 14
Someone my Mother-In-Law knows had a similar issue. Getting to her destination was fine but coming back into the states was a nightmare. She ended up having to go through the consulate or something to prove that she was who she says she was. It was a total pain.
ETA: I don’t know all of the details behind it but I do know that it had something to do with her passport not being in the correct name.
Post # 15
Like the PPs mentioned, I would just bring a copy of your marriage certificate in case there is a problem. I’ve never been asked for anything but my passport, so I don’t think you should have an issue. Good luck!
Post # 16
I travelled internationally (to Malaysia via Singapore and Japan) with my passport in my maiden name but all other ID in my married name. I just booked the flights under my maiden name (matching the passport) and didn’t have a single issue.
I’ve done quite a bit of international travel (both before and after marriage) and have never been asked to show any ID besides my valid passport.