Change name on U.S. passport

If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.

If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:

  • You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees.
  • Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your current passport, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), and a color passport photo.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are eligible to use Form DS-82*:

  • Submit Form DS-82 with your current passport,  your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a color passport photo, and the applicable fee.
  •  For additional instructions about mailing, photo requirements and fee payment, please visit Renew an adult passport.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are not eligible to use Form DS-82*:

  • You must submit Form DS-11 at the Embassy in person, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship,  your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and the applicable fee. For additional instructions about photo requirements and fee payment, please visit Apply for an adult passport or Renew a child passport.

*Form DS-82 Eligibility
You are eligible to use Form DS-82 only if:

  • You can submit your most recently issued passport;
  • You were at least 16 years old when your most recent passport was issued;
  • Your most recent passport was issued less than 15 years ago;
  • Your most recent passport has not been lost, stolen, damaged, or mutilated; and
  • You use the same name as on your most recent passport, or have had your name changed by marriage or court order, and can submit proper documentation to reflect the name change.