Changing Passport Information

Changing Passport Information
If your ultimate road trip involves crossing borders, whether you're going to Mexico to surf or Canada to experience the great northern vistas and trails, you'll need to be equipped with an updated, accurate passport. If you changed your name or your passport has a misprint, you'll need to update it so your adventure is not stalled at the border.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Current U.S. passport Marriage certificate (original or certified copy) or government document stating name change 2 passport photos Completed form DS-5504 or DS-82 (depending on type of change needed)
  • Current U.S. passport
  • Marriage certificate (original or certified copy) or government document stating name change
  • 2 passport photos
  • Completed form DS-5504 or DS-82 (depending on type of change needed)
Step 1
Print out form DS-5504 to change your passport name due to marriage or court order and if your current passport was issued within the past year. Print form DS-82 if your passport was issued over one year ago.
Step 2
Complete and mail form DS-5504, your current passport, and an original or certified copy of your marriage license or the government document describing the court ordered name change to the address listed on the form.
Step 3
Complete and mail form DS-82 plus your current passport, an original or certified copy of your marriage license or the government document describing the court ordered name change, two passport photos and a check for the associated fees to the address listed on the form.
Step 4
Mail form DS-5504 if your passport contains a typo, such as wrong date of birth or a misspelled last name, along with your current passport and evidence of the error to the address found on the form.

Tips & Warnings

 
There is no fee to fix a typo on your passport or to change your name within the first year. After the passport is over one year old, the fee to change your name can cost a minimum of $95.

Article Written By Tonya Goodspeed

Tonya Goodspeed has written professionally since 2003 and specializes in articles on travel, weddings, invitations and home and garden topics. She also ghostwrites Web and blog content. She earned an English degree with a minor in French from the University of Virginia.

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