(Closed) When the F do you change your name when you fly a lot?

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Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I traveled with my married name using my passport and maiden name with my drivers licence for 3 years.  I was just waiting for my licence to expire to change it.  No one ever asked me a thing as long as the id you use matches the name on the ticket.  So if you have a passport, change the DL and use th passport e passport until the new one comes.  Then update the passport if you want to pay that fee otherwise remember to use your maiden name internationally. 

And you can always change it with social security, but update ids later. If you wait too long, you may have yo go through the courts for a name change instead of simple marriage certificate change. (At least in my state thats how it works)

 

Post # 17
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

 

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knickergold :  actually the visas should still be valid, you’d just need to carry both passports.  Like if you got a 10 year China visa a year before your passport expires,  its still good for 10 yrs, not just 1.

Eta, oh hmm nevermind.  Maybe not with a new name, that may complicate things.  It would be true just for expiring one at least. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I saw a lady this weekend actually go through security with a copy of her marriage license for this reason. The TSA person seemed like he couldn’t care less.

I just submitted paperwork for my name change even though I have another flight in a few weeks. My state doesn’t take my old license, so I plan on just showing that. They’ve only ever glanced at it when I went through TSA anyway.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I just changed my name. It only took a week for me to receive my new social security card and another week to receive my new license. If you can take the time to go to the SS office one week and the DMV the next, you should have your new documents in 2-3 weeks. Hopefully you can find a window 3-4 week window where you won’t be flying, so everything should match up. If you’re flying internationally often, that will be more complicated because passports take longer and aren’t as easy to predict.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Once I changed my name, it was very fast (1-3 days depending on the airline) to change my name with the airline. I agree with taking your passport along just in case your existing reservations don’t update.

Heads up, if you have TSA Precheck, it will stop working once you change your passport, and for whatever reason, it takes them about 4 months to update your name in their system so it matches again. So prepare to brave regular security for quite a while :/

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

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tiffanybruiser :  If it’s possible, I would keep using your maiden name and strategically time your last trip on your maiden name about 6 months before passport expiry. Give yourself 2-3 weeks break after that and then start booking under your new name. Most countries won’t let you in unless you have 6 months validity on your passport anyways so you can take that time to change your name as you renew your passport (and subsequently social security and driver’s).

I believe if you have a different name on your ticket and your passport, it might not be an issue if you bring a copy of your marriage certificate and legal name change paperwork, but you’ll have to call the airline to confirm. I know they let you change your name on your frequent flyer that way if you show them those documents. Please update us on how it goes in the future!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

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tiffanybruiser :  I was saying that because then you’re forced to change your passport near your expiry anyways, but in this case I suppose set a designated 2-3 weeks or so in advanced and book everything after that under your new name? It might be a bit risky though if your paperwork doesn’t finish in that period of time so the more leeway you can give yourself the better.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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tiffanybruiser :  Check the policy for the airline. I booked a trip on United before I changed my name, after I changed it, I just called them and told them and they re-issued my ticket with my married name. It was really easy. I didn’t need any kind of proof, I did it over the phone. Based on my research, it looks like that is the case for most domestic flights on most of the airlines.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I second the passport idea – that is what I currently do. My SS and DL cards are updated, but I have not gotten around to updating my passport yet which is still in my maiden name.

As long as the name on the ticket matches a valid legal ID (passport or drivers license) for domestic travel you are okay. Keep your passport in your maiden name and apply for a name change at social security and then obtain your new drivers license. In the mean time, use your maiden name on flights and use your passport. It is still a legal valid ID regardless of your name at social security, and I have flown this way MANY times after legally changing my name (I have not changed my passport yet because my company credit card and travel profile use my maiden name still). Once you have your new DL, begin booking domestic flights with that name and use that ID while you update your passport.

The only issue I cannot help you with is for international travel while you get a new passport, that one is tricky because a passport is necessary where as domestic you can use either form of ID. Again, just be sure that one of the two ID’s is valid / current and whichever you use matches your ticket. Either form of ID and last name will work as long as they match.

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