Obtaining a Child's Passport where a Parent has Changed their Name

Obtaining a Child's Passport where a Parent has Changed their Name


Obtaining a Child's Passport where a Parent has Changed their Name

There are often circumstances where one parent has changed their name since their child was born. Often having a different name from your child can cause confusion with schools, other parents, doctors, etc. There may be some instances where it is worth considering changing a child's name to have the name of the primary care giver. See our section on changing a child's name.

You may find yourself applying for a passport for your child where you have a different name (ie: you have been remarried since your child was born). Save yourself the hassle of having to come back with paperwork, and go to the passport office with everything you need.  

To apply for a child’s passport and sign as the parent you will need to present documents proving the link between the parent’s name and the child’s name (ie: the child's birth certificate along with your marriage certificate, a change of name certificate or court order). Certified copies are usually acceptable, but original documents are best. This documentation can simply be shown during the child's passport interview.

There are often circumstances where one parent has changed their name since their child was born.  Often having a different name from your child can cause confusion with schools, other parents, doctors, etc. 

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