A new passport can be issued to reflect a name change (or to correct an error). Effective September 26, 2005, an amendment to change or correct biographic data can no longer be made. Instead, an individual requesting a name change will need to apply for a replacement passport or a new passport at the Embassy during American Citizen Services public hours.
There are different requirements depending on when your passport was issued. Please check to see which one applies to you.
If your passport was issued less than one year ago, please apply using the US Passport Re-Application Form DS-5504 (PDF 975 KB) instead of the DS-11 or DS-82 form, follow the rest of the instructions on the Adult Passport or Minor Passport page, and provide documentation for your name change (see below). You will not have to pay a fee if you qualify to use this form.
If your passport was issued more than one year ago, please apply just as you would for a new passport by following the instructions on the Adult Passport or Minor Passport page and provide documentation for your name change (see below). See below for name change documentation requirements. You will have to pay the regular fee for a new passport.
Documentation Requirement for Name Change:
- court order;
- marriage certificate;
- divorce certificate; or
- other satisfactory evidence to support a change of name.
Only originals or certified copies will be accepted. If original document is not in English, please also provide original official English translation.
All downloadable documents on this page are provided in PDF format. To view PDFs you must have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may download a free version by clicking the link above.