Name Changes

The process to change your name on your passport varies depending on your situation. Please see the chart below to find the process that applies to you.

If ....

You are requesting the change less than one year after your passport was issued

Then..

Please submit the following by mail:

  • Form DS-5504

  • Your most recent U.S. passport

  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order

  • One color passport photo

Please note: You will not have to submit any fees unless you request Expedited Service. You must send Form DS-5504 and supporting documents via USPS. UPS, FedEx, DHL, and other companies cannot deliver to the PO Box addresses listed on Form DS-5504.

You may be eligible to renew your passport by mail using Form DS-82. If you are eligible to use Form DS-82*, please submit the following by mail:

  • Form DS-82

  • Your most recent U.S. passport

  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order

  • One color passport photo

  • Adult Renewal Applicant fees or Child Applicant fees, depending on your age

  • Please note: you must send Form DS-82 and supporting documents using USPS. UPS, FedEx, DHL, and other companies cannot deliver to the PO Box addresses listed on Form DS-82.

If...

You are requesting the change more than one year after your passport was issued,

Then...

If you are not eligible to renew your passport by mail using Form DS-82, you should apply in-person. Please submit the following:

  • Form DS-11

  • Your evidence of U.S. citizenship and photocopy of that evidence

  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order (no photocopies or notarized copies)

  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID

  • One color passport photo

  • Adult First-Time Applicant fees or Child Applicant fees, depending on your age

Please note: You do not need to submit proof of the name change if your name has changed due to marriage and you present an ID issued in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the appropriate section on Form DS-11.

 

If...

You are already using a different name but cannot document the change with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate

Then...

Submit the following in person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency (restrictions apply):

  • Form DS-11

  • Your evidence of U.S. citizenship

  • Valid ID issued in the name you are currently using and photocopy of that ID

  • One color passport photo

  • Adult First-Time Applicant fees or Child Applicant fees, depending on your age

Please note: you may need to submit Form DS-60: Affadavit Regarding a Change of Name when the name you use is significantly different than the name on your evidence of U.S. citizenship, or your new name cannot be documented by a court order or through marriage. This form must be completed by two people who have known you by both names. You must also submit three certified or original public records that show you have used the new name for 5 years or more.