I was recently divorced. How do I change the name on my passport back to my maiden name?

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If your name has been legally changed due to divorce, then you should apply for a passport name change before you travel. 

 Based on when your passport was issued, you need to apply for a passport renewal using form DS-82, or apply in person using form DS-11, and include evidence of the name change such as the official divorce decree.

 

If ... Then...
You are requesting the change less than one year after your passport was issued
Please submit the following:
  • Form DS-5504
  • Your most recent U.S. passport
  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a divorce decree, or court order
  • One color passport photo
You are requesting the change more than one year after your passport was issued You may be eligible to renew your passport by mail using Form DS-82. If you are eligible to use Form DS-82*, please submit the following:
  • Form DS-82
  • Your most recent U.S. passport
  • Your original or certified name change document such as a divorce decree, or court order
  • One color passport photo

 

  • If you are not eligible to renew your passport by mail using Form DS-82, you should apply in-person. Please submit the following:
  • Form DS-11
  • Your evidence of U.S. citizenship and photocopy of that evidence
  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a  divorce decree, or court order (no photocopies or notarized copies)
  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID
  • One color passport photo

 

You can renew by mail using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:
  • Is submitted with your application
  • Is undamaged (other than normal "wear and tear")
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Was issued within the last 15 years
  • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order)
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