Divorce Name Change - Passport

Divorce Name Change - Passport


Divorce Name Change - Passport

Passports less than one year old

If your passport and your divorce both occured within the last 12 months you can apply for a free replacement passport in your new name. File form DS-5504 by mail, or call ahead to book a time to file in person at an acceptance facility. Request your former name is restored as part of your divorce proceedings then present the court order granting your name change with your passport application. Access to form DS-5504 and further information and forms to change names with government agencies is included in all our kits.

Passports issued more than 12 months ago

Full replacement fees of $130 for a passport book and/or $30 for a passport card are payable. File form DS-82 by mail or in person at any acceptance facility. You must have either an order restoring your former name or a divorce decree listing both names. Access to form DS-82, all other agency forms and comprehensive name change information is included all of our name change kits.

Didn't request a name change order?

If you did not request an order restoring your former name or were not issued a divorce decree listing both names you may still be able to change names. Check with your state DMV if a divorce decree is accepted. If so, apply for your name change with the SSA then update your passport. If the DMV does not accept divorce orders then you may have no choice but to apply for a legal name change.

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If changing names without a court order we recommend prioritizing the SSA followed by a replacement passport. This will give you proof of your name being changed which makes subsequent name changes easier. It is a good idea to take a number of photocopies of your old passport and have them certified as true copies when you present in person to a passport acceptance facility to apply for a name change. Many organizations will only accept your divorce decree as evidence of name change if you can also show SSA correspondence and government photo ID under both your old and new names. If you surrender your old passport without having a copy it may hinder your name change.

When to change names on your passport

You don't need to have your passport updated immediately after your divorce order or name change order is granted. You may wait until your current passport expires so that you make use of all remaining time on your existing passport. Passports can take up to six weeks to be processed, occasionally longer in the lead-up to major vacation periods. Be sure you have no pending travel arrangements under your prior name before applying for a new passport.

If you're changing names without a court order (ie: using your divorce decree with other documents) you may be best to prioritize your passport as it can be used as evidence of your name change with other organizations.

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On average, divorcees need to contact 22 different organizations to have all their identification, accounts and memberships updated. The SSA, driver’s license and your passport should be prioritized and Easy Name Change can provide all the forms and information for these agencies and hundreds more in any of our kits.

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It's free to browse our company database and see which organizations we cover. Chances are we'll have most companies you need to contact, and perhaps a few more you hadn't thought about. Save yourself around 6 hours of waiting on hold, searching for forms and figuring out what to send where with our personalized kits.

 

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Make sure you ask for an order to restore your former name as part of your divorce proceedings then start changing names everywhere. Update the SSA first followed by the DMV, then go onto change names everywhere else.

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