How Can I Get My Name Changes Due to Marriage On My Passport?

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersQuestion After I get married in a few months, my husband and I will add each other’s last name to our current names. My current name is Elizabeth Sunshine Walker and after marriage it will be Elizabeth Sunshine Walker David. Will this create any issues when we apply for a passport to change our names?

Answer: Name changes due to marriage are a common issue. In order to change your names on your passports without any issues, you will have to provide a certified copy or an authentic marriage certificate. That will provide evidence of the use of the two names lacking a hyphen. You should provide a letter along with your applications. It will help to verify the usage of the non-hyphenated two last names.

Regular passport processing takes about 4-6 weeks. Expedited passport processing takes about 2-3 weeks. These are rough estimates and passports can arrive a little before or after the estimated time frame. Also, you can receive your passport in less time if you hire a professional expediting service to submit your applications and document for you or if you appear in person at a regional passport agency. You can schedule an appointment at the regional passport agency that services your state. Passport agencies will attend to the needs of American citizens that need a passport in two weeks.

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