Passports/maiden-married name

Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:03 AM
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Passports/maiden-married name

Quick question: Have a friend that is getting married in summer 2006. She needs to apply for her passport for her homeymoon now which will be in her maiden name. That passport will be good for 10 years, but she will have a new name in six months. Is there a way that she can amend her passport without having to purchase a whole new one?
Thanks much, Lisa S
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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:05 AM
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Changing your name on your passport is free (well except for postage). Have her get her passport in her maiden name (her name will not officially be changed with the Social Security Administration until several weeks after her wedding and only if she files certain paperwork). Then... once you have the new Social Security card, go to the government passport website and print the instructions. It's very easy. I did this last summer.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:09 AM
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Hi L,

If your friend had gone to www.google.com and entered "passport name change" she would have found
http://travel.state.gov/passport/fri...amend_851.html

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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:10 AM
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Additionally, tell her to be sure to book her airfare/tickets for her honeymoon in her maiden name if her passport will still be in that name at the time of travel. In other words, the passport name and ticket issued name must match.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:19 AM
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If she's going on her honeymoon shortly after her wedding, she can travel under her maiden name, both ticket-wise and passport-wise.

When she gets home, she can change her name on all documents, including driver's license and passport, etc.

Since she won't be able to change her passport between her wedding and honeymoon, this is pretty much all brides do.

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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:32 AM
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Yes, she won't have a new name until she goes through all the procedures and agencies to change it. She can do that after the honeymoon, and change the passport at that time.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 10:56 AM
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Of course, she could save a lot of hassle and just keep her maiden name ;-)
 
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I changed my name from my "birth name" to my husband's family name only after I'd been married for many years. What a hassle! No one told me what a pain it would be! So, my advice for your friend is to get a passport in her birth name, her ticket in her birth name, and to jump through all the bureaucratic hoops involved in changing your name after the honeymoon is over.
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Oldie, you rebel you!

The only reason I changed my name was because my new married name was half as long, half as boring, and moved me up a couple of notches on the alphabet. How romantic, huh?

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I was clueless enough to hyphenate my maiden and middle name when I got married...both of which have eight letters each.

Yes, it's a rather long signature for official documents, but I guess I still prefer not to lose the idenity of my maiden name.
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