How to Change the Name in your Passport
It's important the name in your passport is kept up to date. Full passport renewal fees are payable regardless of the time remaining in your current passport or your reason for changing names. Up to 9 months is credited in your new passport for any remaining time.
Name changes from marriage
There are two options for marriage name change; have your passport changed to your new name before marriage, (it is then only valid after your ceremony), or apply for a new passport after your wedding.
If you don't plan to travel abroad immediately prior to your wedding, you can send in your current passport for renewal up to three months before your wedding. A new passport is issued in your new name, but is only valid from your wedding day. Send the standard passport application form, plus the 'Passports for newly weds and civil partners' form. Not recommended if you need to apply for visas before your passport is valid.
If you plan to change your passport after your wedding, simply send in the standard passport application form plus your original marriage or civil partnership certificate.
All other name changes
If changing names from divorce, deed poll, or if reverting to your maiden name, the process is the same. Complete a passport application form online and it will be printed and mailed to you, or pick up a paper form from selected post offices.
Anyone reverting to their maiden name should supply their birth and marriage certificates and a sworn statement saying that you intend to use your maiden name for all purposes. If you are divorced you must provide your decree absolute.
If you have changed names by deed poll, include your original deed poll certificate with your application.
How to apply
Standard passport applications take at least 3 weeks and costs £72.50, or £81.25 via the Post Office's Passport Check and Send service. Priority service is available for an additional fee. If you have any time remaining on your current passport, up to an additional 9 months will be added.
We recommend starting the application online and a printed form will be sent for your signature. You can also pick up an application form from most Post Offices, or else have a form mailed to you by calling 0300 222 0000.
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Be careful with pending arrangements
Decide if you want to change names in your passport before or after any pending international travel. You must always travel in the same name that appears in your passport, or else your flights will be void.
If changing names in your passport before travelling, ensure you have sufficient time in case your passport application is delayed, or don't book flights until your passport is changed. If your airline allows name changes with legal proof, consider booking under your current name, then changing the name on your flights once your new passport is issued.
What about changing names elsewhere?
Once your passport and driving licence has been updated, you need to change names everywhere else. Companies have a range of procedures, so you may need to call, send a letter, a form or a fax. To learn the name change procedures for hundreds of UK organisations, simply click the button below.