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So you are in line to go to paradise by plane and… what? The employee is starting to look at you weird when they see that your airline ticket and passport does not have the same name posted on them. Next you are taken to an office and questioned by a scary tall looking official. The thought of paradise fades into the horizon as your life turns into a nightmare. Okay, Okay… that is the worst case scenario, but problems can arise if your name does not match your passport. If you plan to travel, you need those names to match.

Passport Background Information and the Law

Did you know that the vast majority of the countries in the world require that you have a passport for entry? That means more than likely, the place you are traveling to, you will need a passport.

Even going to a country such as Canada requires you to have a passport due to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). Mexico is restricted by the law as is Canada and the Caribbean. This most pertinent component of the law is known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative or commonly referred to as WHTI for short. WHTI requires citizens of the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the person's identity and nationality to enter or leave the United States from within the Western Hemisphere.

Although the law was passed in 2004, it went it effect in phases. Air travel requirements kicked in January 1, 2007. Enforcement for land and sea travel went into effect June 1, 2009.

Difficulties of Changing Your Passport Name Before you Travel

As you may already know, getting or renewing a passport can sometimes be a frustrating and drawn out experience. However, getting your name changed on it can be even more frustrating.

Depending on the status or age of your passport, the application you must fill out will vary. The fees (assuming they're applicable to your situation) can also vary. If you plan to use the expedited service to get your passport quicker than normal, there will be an additional fee of $60 on top of the other fees. This can be a good option if your travel plans are just around the corner.

As you can see, your passport can be difficult to change for a variety reasons, such as:

  • The worst difficulty can be that you put the wrong information on the application, leading to a mistake or the application to be deemed invalid due to incorrect information. This leads you having to re-do the application and send it off again, furthering the amount of time it takes for you to get your new passport. This can be problematic because you may be hoping to get your passport the first time around, because you are on a time crunch, just to learn that you will have to wait longer, disrupting your plans.
  • You can print out and send the wrong application.
  • You can forget to send the payment for the fee, or send the wrong fee.
  • You may forget to include the appropriate photo format for the passport I.D.
  • You provide insufficient documentation detailing your change of name event (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree).

Difficulties of Changing Your Name on an Already Acquired Airline Ticket

Notice: This following information is usually applicable for the airlines of American, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Northwest, United, U.S. Airways, and many other airlines.

When going on your honeymoon or another type of vacation, you most likely choose to buy a round trip ticket. A round trip ticket consists of two things: The going part of the ticket (a front portion) and a coming back part of the ticket (a return portion). Many airlines treat a round trip ticket as a two portion ticket (the front portion and returning portion) and thus, these airlines make it difficult to change your name on your ticket.

When you change your name of your ticket, this changes both the front and return portion of your ticket. If you change the front portion, airlines consider this as rebooking your ticket. This means you have to pay the cost of the ticket and an additional change fee of $50 to $100. If you change the returning portion, you also have to pay a changing fee of $50 to $100. So you end up paying more than you can imagine.

What you can do is call the airline and explain your dilemma to them, you never know, they may accommodate you and not make you pay so much or change your ticket for free. Just make sure that you have your ticket confirmation number, if required, be able to verify your identity, and explain to the agent that your name has changed due to a marriage or other valid reason. The agent will guide you through changing your ticket.

Possible difficulties you may experience include:

  • The worst difficulty can be a rude agent that does not understand and makes your life a little more strenuous when you try to explain your situation. The agent may rebook your ticket incorrectly and you end up with a headache and airline ticket with the wrong information and having to pay for a wrong airline ticket and an expensive fee that you should not be paying because you do not even have the right airline ticket.
  • You have to book another ticket with your changed name and you have to pay both fees which can lead to you paying $100 to $200.
  • An airline that does not allow you to change your name.
  • An airline that only allows you to change your airline ticket's information within a certain time frame and you have passed that deadline so they either refuse to change the information without charging you a lot of money or make you buy another ticket with the right information.
  • You have lost your ticket confirmation number or cannot prove your identity.

Preparing for International and Domestic Travel

You must consider the impact of changing your name before or after traveling because the TSA is strict about your name matching on both your airline ticket and passport. They examine your name for security screening purposes. Prior to your flight, passenger names are made available to the TSA to be checked against the "No Fly" list. Only names that are cleared are given a boarding pass upon check-in to board the plane.

The discussion thus far has focused on passports, which are specific to international travel. But the same rules apply when traveling domestically. If you're traveling on a domestic flight, you'll use an alternative form of I.D. (such as driver's license or state/government issued I.D.), but it's important for the name on such identification to also match your airline tickets.

If you choose to change your name after your travels are complete, you will not have to go through the process of having to explain to the TSA why your names aren't the same from your passport and airline ticket. You would not be required to wait for your passport name to be updated in order to go on your honeymoon, or other travel destination. All you have to do is keep your maiden name until after the honeymoon.

However, you can pay a expedited fee of $60 to have your passport name change processed quicker (which can definitely be a worthwhile option)—but think about it, you are already paying out a lot of money and $60 can be a nice dinner or saved to help pay some of the cost of the vacation, honeymoon, or the cost of the wedding.

Planning Ahead to Avoid Chaos

So you are in line to that trip to paradise and… what? The employee is smiling and telling you "Have a nice flight and an even better vacation." Because guess why? Your passport and your ticket have the same name! That means no more thinking about the worst case scenario, which is not being able to broad your flight.

Yes, there may be difficulty in changing the name of your passport because there are different applications to choose from and you have to remember when you got your passport and for some of the applications, you have to pay a fee. However, changing your ticket information can be even more expensive and frustrating. That is why your need to go ahead and plan ahead.

If you wait to change your passport, you most likely have not changed your ticket name because you are thinking ahead. This means your paradise does not fade into the horizon as the airplane leaves without you and your life turn upside down for the day.

If you wait until after your honeymoon or vacation, you can deal with the passport frustration when you get back and not have to feel like you are rushing. Plus, you have all those other things to worry about if you are getting (or have gotten) married. This also means that you do not have to spend forever on the phone with an airline agent to change your ticket just to learn that you have to get another ticket and pay a changing fee. If you just plan ahead, there is no need to worry about all the money you will be paying out to just change your name.

So now, smiling employee and a trip to paradise vs not being able to broad your flight and having to watch as the airplane to your paradise leaves without you? It is your choice, choose wisely.

92 Comments

  1. janey

    It is time for me to now renew my US passport. I remarried shortly after I received my last passport and although I changed my name to my new married name on my DL, SS and most bank accounts, I did not change my name on my passport. My question is, do I have to legally renew my name on my passport to my married name or can I renew in the same name on my soon to expire passport. I would like to keep my previous name on the passport as it is the last link that I have to my sons last name from my deceased first husband. I do not want to break any laws by doing so.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Janey. That may be problematic, as renewals require you to present identification, which will likely be in your new name.

      Reply
  2. Shimmy

    Thank you so much for your information! This is super helpful. I do have a question that I hope you would be able to help me with.

    I recently got married at the end of January in CA and have moved my maiden name to my middle name and took my husbands last name as my new last name. Now that I read thru some of your posts I really should have just hyphenated his last name onto mine so that I dont have to do anything!

    I have no plans to change my other documents. Exactly how pertinent is it to change all my legal documents (SS, DL, passport, employer)? How bad is it if I just don't change anything? I have properties and a bunch of professional license that I don't want to get caught up with the name changing. Is it bad if I wait a couple of year (or maybe never) put my legal name in effect?

    Since DL and tax are tied in with SS if I don't change SS is that ok? Is it ok to not change my passport and just bring a copy of my marriage license (not certified though) with me since I just renewed it this past year (ugh)?

    Thank you in advance.

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    1. Valera

      Exactly how pertinent is it to change all my legal documents (SS, DL, passport, employer)?

      It's only vital if you really intend to change it. Specifying your intend to change your name when you got married doesn't obligate you to follow through.

      How bad is it if I just don't change anything?

      It's a non-issue.

      Is it bad if I wait a couple of year (or maybe never) put my legal name in effect?

      Not at all.

      Since DL and tax are tied in with SS if I don't change SS is that ok?

      Yes.

      Is it ok to not change my passport and just bring a copy of my marriage license (not certified though) with me since I just renewed it this past year (ugh)?

      If you're not changing your name, you don't need to bring proof of marriage (e.g., marriage license, marriage certificate). Your passport is fine as-is.

      Reply
  3. MJClassy

    My husband and I got married in California 2013. We got a confidential marriage license and plan on having a big old wedding this September. We’ve hid it from our family and while I have changed my last name to his name last name on the confidential marriage license I have not changed it anywhere else. Social security, banking, driver license everything still has my maiden name which I still use 100% of the time.

    I am applying for a brand new passport this week, I want to continue to use my maiden name as everything else I have is in my maiden name. This is a brand new passport. I’m nervous about the section which asks if I have or ever had been married which I indicated as YES and put my husband’s name, will they deny my application by accessing my confidential marriage license and stating my legal last name is different if I apply for the passport using my original maiden name?

    I will change my name at the end of the year (after the wedding) but am nervous for the passport to be declined. Can I still apply for the passport using my maiden name even though my marriage license says his name? Thank you so much in advance, I have my passport appointment in 2 days and have been worried about how to approach this. We leave for our trip in 60 days so I know I will have to certainly expedite but don't want anything else to jeopardize the timing.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi MJClassy. You're fine. You won't be declined. You can apply using your maiden name just fine and change it later when you're ready.

      Reply
  4. Stef

    Hi there,

    I booked an international flight months ago before the marriage (in my maiden name). After the marriage, I was so excited that I rushed to the Social Security and DMV to change my last name without thinking about it. My passport still has my maiden name and I'm worried about changing the flight as it was booked on awards points through booking partners. Will I encounter any difficulty at customs entering/exiting OR be prevented from leaving the US because of this? I will have my marriage license and old/new identification, but I don't know if the SSA and TSA/airlines are linked and if my passport somehow became invalid. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Stef. Your should be fine, as your passport name matches what's on your ticket. You can always contact the airline for confirmation, but I don't see what potential problem you could be facing.

      Reply
    2. Jackii

      Hey Stef!

      Did you end up having any issues? I am in the same boat and wanted to know. Changed my SS and License to married name, but passport is still in maiden name.

      Reply
  5. Zee

    Hello,

    My passport which has my maiden name is set to expire in a few months. I have legally changed my last name to my married name. Any international trips we go on I always book it under my maiden name and I would like to keep it that way. Can I renew my passport with my maiden name and continue booking tickets with my maiden name?

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  6. Mariko

    Hi there!
    I booked domestic travel under my maiden name. I have changed my name with SSA and with the DMV, but not with the Passport Authority. Can I travel domestically using my passport, which still has my maiden name, or will there be an issue when they scan my passport at the TSA Security checkpoint?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Mariko. While it's important that your ID match the name on your domestic ticket, it isn't likely to prevent you getting from point A to point B. As long as you bring your driver's license, passport, and certified copy of your marriage certificate, you should be fine. They're trying to cross-reference passengers against the no-fly list (which is very small), and the collection of documents you provide should sufficiently bridge your identity documents, which proves you are who you say you are.

      If you're concerned about any potential delay, you could contact the airline to determine if your name needs to be amended and tickets reissued.

      Reply
  7. Natascha Stevenson

    I have booked flight with Kenya airline under my married name, my Dutch passport had my maiden name ( this is how Dutch passports are issued ) but includes my married name, travel agency are now saying there might be issue and have to buy new ticket? Am so frustrated and stressed as am not changing my name, both names are included on my passport, what can I do ?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Natascha. At best you can keep a copy of your marriage certificate with you to verify you identity. But that may not be sufficient. General rule of thumb is that the airline ticket must match the name on the passport.

      Instead of buying a new ticket, try contacting the airline directly to determine if the name mismatch will make flying problematic. If so, is there additional identity documentation you can provide that would be sufficient? If a name mismatch is unacceptable, ask if they can reissue your ticket.

      Reply
  8. Whitney

    Hi!
    I got married last month and I chose to hyphenate my name (maiden-spouse). Do I have to update my passport? Can I just leave it with my maiden name? If I have to update it, how long can I wait to update it? I have already updated my SS and DL. Thanks.

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  9. Fronie

    I will be flying internationally next month and it was my husband who booked my ticket and he forgot that I still have my maiden name on my passport and booked the ticket with my married name on it. So my passport and my ticket does not match. What should I do?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      So my passport and my ticket does not match. What should I do?

      You can contact the airline to get your ticket reissued in the proper name.

      Reply
  10. Luke

    Similar, but not identical situation to many here: My wife has changed her name on her Social Security card, but did not get a new passport with her new, married name. We are traveling internationally in a few weeks and need to renew her passport (it expires within six months of our travel). Can she renew her passport using her maiden name even though the Social Security card has her married name? Is there a cross reference that happens in the renewal process that might cause our application to be denied?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Luke. While she can continue using her maiden name passport until it's time to renew, it should be renewed in her legal name. The renewal form itself will ask if the name has changed since the passport was last issued.

      Reply
  11. Georgia Rebapis - Nehring

    I recently booked my airline ticket with an online web site. I was too excited adn did the airline ticket with my current married name. However my passport is in my Greek name and not what's on my license. I have put in a request with the place i booked my flight to send the info to the airline to see if they can make an exception. What an I do if they come back and say that the airline is refusing to change the name? My greek last name on my passport is Rempapi but my ticket says Rebapis-Nehring. Any suggesions

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Georgia. You may have to contact the airline directly to get it reissued. Name mismatches on tickets are a problem. Whether or not you'll be able to board after verifications are performed is not assured.

      Reply
  12. Angeli

    I need to renew my passport but it is currently in my maiden name. I go married a few years ago and never changed my name on my passport. Now I'm getting a divorce and would like to renew my passport with my maiden name. Can I renew my passport with my maiden name?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Angeli. Yes, you can renew your passport it in your maiden name.

      Reply
  13. S

    This is not actually related to getting name changes due to marriage.

    I changed my first and middle names, but have same last name. Changed name on social security card, DL and all other things.

    My passport is expiring next year and still has old name

    I purchased international flight ticket with old name that matches passport.

    My main question is when custom scans my passport, would they know my name has changed, but not on passport?

    I guess as long as passport and airline ticket have my old name and match, it wil be okay right?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      My main question is when custom scans my passport, would they know my name has changed, but not on passport?

      No, that's unlikely.

      I guess as long as passport and airline ticket have my old name and match, it wil be okay right?

      That's correct.

      Reply
  14. Yessi

    Hi, I recently bought an airline ticket and used my maiden name. I just went to get my passport and it has my married name on it which is my last name hyphenated with my husbands last name. I called the airline and one representative said it's fine and another(I called just to make sure) said definitely not and they don't do name changes :(
    My question is can I still travel if I bring my marriage license and my new DL and my old with my maiden name
    Also the card I used to purchase my tickets is in my maiden name

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Yessi. It's possible you'll be able to travel, but not assured. You would want to bring a certified copy of your marriage record. You can read more about this on the Fly Rights U.S. Transportation website that also touches on this. Do a keyword search for "marriage" to find the most pertinent part of the page.

      Reply
  15. Maggie

    I got married back in August 2016, I plan on changing my name in the next couple weeks but am traveling out of the country in September 2017 with a ticket in my new married name. My passport in my maiden name doesn't expire till 2023. Can I just bring a copy of my marriage license? I am keeping my maiden name as my middle name.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Maggie. In these situations, you may be able to fly, but you're taking a risk. Your safest best is to either get your airline ticket changed to match your passport, or update your passport to match your ticket/new name. You can still renew your passport now even though it doesn't expire until 2023.

      Reply
  16. Michael Melendrez

    Hello Maggie. My wife recently changed her last name with the SSA only. We are traveling abroad unexpectedly and don't have time to change her passport information with her new married name. In your experience, would we be ok if her state DL, passport, and purchased tickets are all in her maiden name? We plan on packing our marriage license just in case. Thanks!

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      1. Michael Melendrez

        Great thanks for the reply and for the excellent information listed on your website! Sorry, for mistakenly referring to you as Maggie, oversight on my part ;^)

        Reply
  17. John Vorwald

    I booked an awards flight to London through Delta Skymiles on Virgin Atlantic and the booking agent issued tickets in my name and my wife's married name. I now realize that my wife's Dutch passport has her maiden name listed but it also lists the married name as wife of…. My wife also has a green card with her married name. Will that be sufficient for international travel?
    Thanks!

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  18. Hannah

    Hello!

    I've read through all the comments, but I just want to be sure. I'm overly worried about it! My passport is in my maiden name, and doesn't expire for years. My drivers license and social security are all in my new name. We are going on our honeymoon in Europe next month. As long as I book my plane ticket as my maiden name to match my passport, we will be okay, correct?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      As long as I book my plane ticket as my maiden name to match my passport, we will be okay, correct?

      Correct.

      Reply
  19. linda

    I have my married name on pass port and also my maiden name. my ticket is in my maiden name can i still travel

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Linda. That could be problem. If possible, try to get your ticket reissued.

      Reply
  20. Debby

    My passport is in my maiden name while my greencard is in ny marries name. We are going on vacation outside the country ,and my ticket is booked in my maiden name to match my passport. My question is , will i have an issue coming back into the US with my passport in my maiden name and green card in my married name.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Debby. No, it shouldn't be a problem. You can keep a certified copy of your marriage record with you to bridge the names.

      Reply
  21. Syrina Jones - Astles

    This may have already been asked a dozen times, but here goes.

    I am Canadian, I married a US citizen though the K1 Visa in good faith. We were happy for about 2 years then went down hill from there. We are at the point where we needed to do the "Removal of Conditions" and if i do not fill in the forms and pay the fees i will be deported. My husband decided he did not want to pay the fees because he wants to separate, not because of the fees or the hassle. That was just a deciding factor in the matter. We were having loads of problems before that. Anyhoo, long story short, lol. I am now going back to Canada. My passport has my maiden name on it as well as the US visa passport. My husband bought the tickets using my married name. So on my Canadian Passport i have my maiden name and on the ticket information i have my married name. Now people are saying i should just bring all the documents with me like our marriage certificate and license. Do you think i am going to have any issues? Any advice?

    Thank you in advance.

    PS i cannot do a name change on my Canadian passport as i just found our yesterday I am going back to Canada because of a failed marriage. I am leaving to go back within a week. So i would have no time.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Syrina. You should be OK as long as you can provide sufficient supporting documents.

      Reply
  22. Samantha Moran

    Hi I have a problem..
    My passport is in my old married last name. My tickets to Mexico are in my maiden and legal name. If i brought my divorce decree would that be proof? I only have 2 weeks till trip and never thought it would be an issue. Thank you

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Samantha. You should be okay with the divorce decree, assuming it documents the restoration of your maiden name.

      Reply
  23. Maida

    Hi,
    Probably this question is asked multiple times, but here it goes. We bought tickets for Europe with my married name, and I have passport with my maiden name. Will it be ok just to bring green card and marriage certificate with me?
    Thank you,

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Maida. Having the name on your passport and airline tickets mismatching may cause problems, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's insurmountable. If you can provide supporting documentation, as you've cited, to explain the name discrepancy, you should be fine.

      This is, obviously, especially common in marriage situations. Still, it wouldn't hurt for you to contact the airline to determine if you can get your tickets replaced.

      Reply
  24. Linda David

    Hi,
    My son had legally changed his name to Rob with the same last name. His former name is Roberto, he changed his name because it reminded him of his biological father who's name is Roberto. He has his passport under Roberto and valid ID under Roberto and we are planning to travel to Europe next month. I booked the ticket under his old name. I am worried about coming back if it will cause a problem entering back in the States.

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Linda. It shouldn't be a problem, as the passport and ticket names match. If he brings a certified copy of the court order, that'll corroborate the name change.

      Reply
  25. Althea Blair

    Hi there…my old passport which has not expired but which is full is in my maiden name and had valid residency visa. My new passport is in my married name. I would like to travel out of the country. Which name must I use to book the tickets?

    Reply
  26. Fehmina Khatoon

    Hi,

    I am writing this with the hope that you will reply me. Please reply!

    I got married before coming to the US and in my passport, there is my EX- Husband's name in the spouse section. After coming here, after 7 months we got seperated (Divorced) but his name is still in my passport as a spouse. I didn't delete his name but I have my original divorce certification with me. I am traveling to INDIA next month. My question is will it be a problem at the time of immigration due to having his name still on my passport after a divorce?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Fehmina. If you don't have time to perform the deletion before your travels, then just bring your divorce decree with you if questioned.

      Reply
  27. Ryan

    Hello-

    My wife and I are planning to travel to Indonesia (her home country). She currently has an Indonesian passport with her maiden last name. She received her I-131 (approved Advance Parole) with her new, married name. Should I purchase the ticket with her new, married name and quickly apply for a new passport, purchase a ticket with her maiden name (which matches her current passport), even though the I-131 has her married name?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Ryan

      Sorry, I meant the to spell it out as two separate options:

      1) Should I purchase the ticket with her new, married name and quickly apply for a new passport, or
      2) Purchase a ticket with her maiden name (which matches her current passport), even though the I-131 has her married name?

      Reply
    2. Valera

      Hi Ryan. Ticket and passport names should match. Bring the marriage certificate and other supporting documents to corroborate the marriage's existence and new name if necessary.

      Reply
  28. AD

    Hello,
    I need to renew my expiring passport which was issued under my maiden name. I married and divorced, going back to my maiden name before my passport expired. When I submit my application for renewal, do I say that my name has changed since I had my passport issued (because technically it did but I changed it back, including with SSA and DL)? And will I need to submit the marriage license and divorce decree with the renewal application?

    Or, can I say "no" to the question "Has your name changed since your most recent document was issued?" as my name is legally (with SSA and DL) my maiden name?

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  29. Tamara

    a question for the USA
    I called and spoke to Border Crossing Agents and have gotten a different answesr each time. I am a Canadian who got married may 2017. I need to make a trip to the USA but my passport is still under my maiden name. We have been evacuated with raging wildfires here in British Columbia and I was not able to gather all my info to change my passport. I am leaving very soon for the USA and I don't have time to get a new passport (which is only 5 moths old.) Will the USA still let me cross by vehicle with my last name legally being different from my passport? My DL ( I will not be the driver) is under my married name. Please help!
    thank you!!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Tamara. If you're the driver, then you'll have to produce your driver's license. The name mismatch will have to be explained, so provide as much corroborating documentary evidence as possible, including a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

      If you're the passenger, it's possible you won't be asked for ID beyond your driver's license, but border crossing agents are still free to ask for any identification to satisfy themselves. There's no assurance this won't lead to a delay or refused entry, although the latter would be an extreme result.

      Consider contacting the border crossing agents again to determine what additional proof you could supply (previous and new name) that would help your case. Gather names and reference numbers for your correspondences.

      Reply
  30. Jay

    Hello. Not sure if this situation has been brought up yet. I booked an international trip (with codeshare and multiple airlines) using my old name. I recently changed my name and now have in my possession a new passport with my new name. The passport and boarding pass names do not match and the airline said that they have no ability to change the name on the ticket because there are multiple airlines involved.

    I do however, still have my old passport (name there matches my boarding pass/reservation name). Do you foresee TSA or other countries customs having issues with this? I will be sure to bring both passports on my trip (although the old one is likely nulled now) and my court order for legal name change. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Jay. It could result in delays while you present your supporting documents, but it also doesn't guarantee you won't be blocked. If you can present sufficient evidence, including a certified copy of your marriage certificate, you'll hold a stronger position.

      Reply
  31. Mike

    Hi,
    I have a question for my wife entering U.S. for a short trip.
    – She is in Thailand now.
    – She holds a old Thai passport(expired) with valid b1/b2 visa under maiden name.
    – renew Thai passport under new last name(through marriage).
    – She bought ticket with her new last name.

    I am applying CR-1 visa for her currently.

    do you think she will have problem entering U.S.A. with the b1/b2 visa that is under maiden names on her old expired passport?

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Mike. If she has supporting documentation explaining and bridging the name differences, including ID (expired or not), in the old name, she should be fine. She should also keep a certified copy of the marriage certificate with her.

      Reply
    2. Mike

      Thank you Velera,
      Forgot to mention that our marriage certificate is from Thailand (don't have one from the US yet), would that be a problem?
      I submitted the Affidavit of support to National Visa Center few weeks ago and they received it, would there be any conflict?

      Reply
      1. Valera

        Hi Mike. You may want to obtain a certified and notarized translation of the certificate.

        Reply
  32. Tony

    My wife is here on a green card. Her green card has her new last name on it, and her maiden name as her middle name. Tickets are booked under her new full name. Her passport has her maiden name on it. Is this going to cause an issue. We are planning on bringing a certified copy of the marriage certificate

    Reply
    1. Valera

      Hi Tony. There's no guarantee it won't be a problem, but having supporting documentation (e.g., marriage certificate) to explain the difference definitely helps.

      Reply
  33. Jennifer

    Hello — I am in California, USA and will be traveling to Czech Republic, Germany, and Holland in a few weeks. My passport is in my maiden name (only). My plane tickets are in my married name (only). My driver's license and social security cards have both names (not hyphenated). So as an example – my DL and SSC look like this: Lisa Marie Smith Jackson. So passport has Smith only and plane ticket has Jackson only. If I bring my DL, SSC, and even a copy of my marriage certificate – which all have BOTH names on them — will I be ok? Please say yes!!

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    1. Jennifer

      Actually……I just noticed that I put BOTH last names on my plane ticket. So my passport has my maiden last name ONLY, and my plane ticket has BOTH last names – maiden and married. I assume that is better?? Will I be ok to travel internationally now?? Thx (Jennifer, again)

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      1. Valera

        Hi Jennifer. Same as before. You have supporting documentation and there isn't much to reasonably question your identity. It's unlikely you'll face any real problem.

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    2. Valera

      Hi Jennifer. It's not good for your passport and airline ticket names to mismatch, but it's not necessarily a certain blockade. If you have sufficient supporting documents explaining the discrepancy, you may be allowed to pass through. But this isn't guaranteed. Also, make sure you marriage certificate is a certified copy and not a photocopy.

      Finally, if you have enough time to update your passport before your travel, you may want to do so. The passport agency does provide an expedited option for an extra fee.

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  34. jessica

    HI i was recently married and changed my last name but my passport is still valid with my maiden name and I have pre tsa check with my maiden name
    do you think it is fine to book my domestic flight with maiden name and use my passport as identification ?

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  35. Susi

    Hi I booked my mom an international flight from US to UK.
    Her name on Mexican Passport is something like this (this is an example of her name but not the real one)

    Given name: Maria de Jesus
    Surnames: Gonzalez Rodriguez
    Married Name: Ayala

    Green Card Name: Maria Jesus Gonzalez de Ayala (DOES NOT HAVE Rodriguez)

    So I booked her as:
    First Name: Maria
    Middle Name: Jesus
    Last Name: Gonzalez Rodriguez Ayala

    Will this be a problem? I feel like I overdid it in the booking. But I wanted all last names in there to avoid problems.

    Thanks!

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    1. Valera

      Hi Susi. I doubt it would pose a problem. She can bring a certified copy of her marriage certificate for good measure.

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  36. AngieK

    Hello,
    I’m an immigrant (out of status) who is under AOS processing through u.s citizen marriage. My I-485 is still pending for an interview. I only got EAD card (I-766) serves as I-512 advance parole which has my maiden name as my middle name and my new married last name on both of them. My foreign passport still has maiden name on it and it’s a renew one so it doesn’t have a stamp or I-94 with it. (it’s too complicated to change at this time).

    Well, my problem is I have a domestic flight coming up the end of this October from LGA – MCO round trip and I booked the tickets with JetBlue with all of my “new name”. I wasn’t sure about my status at that time and I thought to avoid those problem, I should use my new name and use my EAD card for boarding. After I did a couple more of researching, I found that doesn’t sound good to me. And to change name on air tickets are complicated too.

    So, my questions are;
    1. Can I keep the boarding pass with my married name and use EAD card as my I.D? This is the only latest photo I.D that issues from the U.S government I have. (I’ll bring all docs that would needed with my trip just to be safe)

    2. Can I use my state I.D (with conditions)? I have New York state I.D valid through 2020 with my maiden name on it. BUT it shows “temp. visitor Exp.2011” in red. I usually use this I.D for traveling, since everything ha changed so I’m not really sure about it. Plus I have to go through changing name process with the airline.

    Please help!
    Thank you so so so much 🙏🏻

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    1. Valera

      Hi AngieK. If you're unable to change your airline tickets to match, you'll need to bring sufficient supporting documentation bridging your names, such as a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

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  37. Anna Polianski Carew

    Hello,

    I am living overseas in Europe. My husband I got married several years ago, and have an attested marriage certificate. My passport has my maiden name and this now requires renewal by mail.

    How do I request to have the new passport state a double hyphenated last name, for instance Anna Polianski-Carew. Carew is his name, while my maiden name is Polianski. All other documents in Europe state both my married name and maiden name (this is how banks and residency cards work here).

    Thank you in advance,
    Anna

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    1. Valera

      Hi Anna. The passport form would ask you to specify your new name and previous name.

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  38. Hayden

    You may have been asked this already, but… My fiance and I want to book a ticket to travel abroad two months after our wedding. I plan on changing my last name to his last name. According to the courthouse, I HAVE to change my SS within 30 days of the wedding. My license also expires prior to us leaving abroad. My passport is currently in my maiden name and is not expiring any time soon. I can expedite it to my married name after the wedding. I'm wondering how to book a ticket for abroad now. If I change my SS, license, and passport immediately after the wedding, prior to flying abroad, how do I book the ticket now? What name do I put the ticket under? Usually you have to type in a passport number when you're booking a flight abroad. Will my passport number change on my passport, or just my name? What are my options in this scenario?

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    1. Valera

      What name do I put the ticket under?

      If you know your name change will be processed before traveling, you can book it under your new name.

      Will my passport number change on my passport, or just my name?

      Just your name.

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  39. Russell

    My wife and I were just married in August, and will be flying from Washington, DC to Bangkok for our honeymoon in December (short layover in PEK). When originally booking, I had used her maiden name and in the craziness of getting married, we changed her last name without thinking of any potential issues that might come up for travel. Since her old passport expired, her new one has the new name.

    We first reached out to Expedia about a potential name change a month ago, and were instructed to provide them with copies of the old passport, new passport, and marriage certificate. After weeks of back and forth with Expedia (Air China would not discuss any changes with us directly, only the booking company) we were told the only option would be to book a whole new ticket under the new name at the new price at an increase from $1200 roundtrip to over $3500. Only after we book AND use the second new ticket, would Air China offer to refund the original $1200 booking. This is not a cancellation of the first, Sarah will have two tickets but only use one.

    All that said, we have spent days trying to figure out alternatives and are looking for any advice, since this seems like an egregious charge for a simple change. TSA informed me, as long as she brings her birth certificate, marriage certificate, old/new passports, she can get through fine. However, will the airline check IDs and compare to the boarding pass? And how will we be affected with security at Beijing or Bangkok?

    I believe there is always the option of changing her name back and applying for a whole new passport, but at this point I don't think we have time – though we are looking into this seriously. Any suggestions, experience or advice on this one?

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    1. Valera

      Hi Russell. What typically gets people into trouble with mismatched names on a passport and ticket is insufficient supporting documentation explaining the change. If the name change is due to marriage and a passenger fails to bring a certified copy of their marriage certificate to justify it, how does anyone know the change was legit. If you bring sufficient supporting documentation you should be ok.

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  40. Mike

    Hi, my wife and I are planning on booking international travel soon from the US to Italy for June 2018. She has recently changed her name legally, but not on her passport (which still has her maiden name). She wants to do a name change on her passport soon, as it's free if she gets it done before March 2018 (which is one year since it was issued). When she does this, her new passport will have a new passport number.

    My question is, can we book the flights soon (before she gets her new passport) and use her married name for the reservations, since by June 2018 that's what her new passport will say? Will there be an issue since it'll be a new passport number? Any advice?

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    1. Valera

      Hi Mike. If you book the flights in the name that will appear on her passport come travel time, you'll be fine. The changing passport numbers aren't important.

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  41. Evelyn Torrez-M

    My case is a little similar that some people, but I am worried I don't be able to travel, from USA to Colombia. I booked my ticket in my married name, but my passport is with my maiden. Someone just told me I did wrong, and now I am panicking…
    I called the travel agency and they won't change the name or do a refund.

    Any suggestions?

    Someone told me that If I travel with my U.S id, green card (that has married name) and passport ( that has maiden) plus my marriage license ( that has the name change) would they might accept it enable for me to travel?

    Any help would be appreciate it.

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    1. Valera

      Hi Evelyn. You should be okay if you have sufficient supporting documentation linking the two names, such as a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

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  42. Sasha

    Me and my family will to go for a trip outside the US.I am a greencard holder.I came to the US with my ex-husband's name on my passport.I remarried again here and i am carrying all the documents from my husband now.So my passport and greencard Has different family name.I had already my plane ticket under the name of my passport.But the only thing is and worried about is to re-enter the US with different family name.Do theyvallow me to re-enter the US since i have my greencard?Please advice!!

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    1. Valera

      Hi Sasha. If you can satisfactorily confirm your identity, you should be fine. Bring your old identification, new identification, and a certified copy of your marriage certificate with you.

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