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Name Change on Passport

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If you need to update your passport due to a name change, you will need to apply for a new U.S. passport.

When completing the relevant application form, you should complete the form in the name you wish to appear in your passport

Change of Name by Legal Name Change Documents

Please submit the following:

  1. Application Form: See the section below “Application Forms for Name Change” to learn about the application form to be used.
  2. A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications, if you have been issued one.  If you do not have a Social Security number or cannot recall if you have one, please click HERE.
  3. One passport photo (2 x 2 inch or 5 x 5 cm): The passport photo size is 2X2 inch or 5X5 cm (same as photo for U.S. visa).  No eyeglasses.  Click HERE for more information on passport photo requirements.  Photos which do not meet the requirements will be rejected.
  4. Your most recent U.S. passport:  Original.  You must to sign your passport.
  5. Written statement regarding Your Name Change: Explaining the reasons for your name change.  Please sign and date it.
  6. Submit one of the following documents as evidence of your legal name change:
    • Name change by a U.S. Court Order/Decree, or a Foreign Court Order: Original and 1 photocopy
      • The court order/decree must be final and list both your current and former name(s).
    • Name Change by a Family Registry Entry/Taiwan Household Registration Transcript (in English): Original and 1 photocopy
      • The Family Registry Entry/The Taiwan Household Registration Transcript must record both your current and former name(s) and the details of your name change.
    •  Name Change by a Deed Poll: Original and 1 photocopy.
      • The Deed Poll must list both your current and former name(s).
  7. If the submitted evidence was issued more than a year ago, please submit a valid government issued photo ID with your new name (example: foreign passport, U.S. driver’s license, or U.S. military ID). Original and 1 photocopy
  8. Application Fee.
  9. Schedule an appointment: If you are using form DS-11, you are required to appear in person to submit your application, if you are able to use form DS-82, please renew by mail.

Change of Surname by Marriage

Please submit the following:

  • Application form:  form DS-82. Complete, print, and sign the form.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications. You must have your SSN ready when completing the form.  If you do not have your SSN on hand or do not recall the number, click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.  If you have never applied for an SSN, you still need to contact the Social Security Administration Office in Manila to obtain a confirmation email that an SSN was never assigned to you. Please do not schedule an appointment for passport renewal until you have contacted the Social Security Administration in Manila to confirm whether or not you have an SSN
  • One photograph (2 x 2 inch / 5cm x 5cm): Click here for more information on passport photo requirements;
  • Your most recent U.S. passport: Original and 1 photocopy of the page with your photo and signature;
  • Written statement: Explaining the reasons for your name change. Sign and date the statement.
  • Your marriage certificate: Original and 1 photocopy.  The marriage certificate must be issued by a lawful authority, and it must contain your and your spouse’s full names, date and place of marriage.
  • Application fee.  Please click here to see the schedule of fees.
  • Renew by mail:  If you meet the requirement above, you may renew by mail. Click here.

Divorce/Widowed Applicants Reverting to Former Name or Birth Surname

DIVORCE

If you wish to revert to your former name or birth surname, please submit the following:

  • Application form: see the section below “Application Forms for Name Change” to learn the application form to be used;
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications. You must have your SSN ready when completing the form. If you do not have your SSN on hand or do not recall the number, click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.
    If you have never applied for an SSN, you still need to contact the Social Security Administration Office in Manila to obtain a confirmation email that an SSN was never issued to you. Please do not schedule an appointment for passport renewal until you have contacted the Social Security Administration in Manila to confirm whether or not you have an SSN.
  • One photograph (2 x 2 inch / 5cm x 5cm):  Click here for more information on passport photo requirements.
  • Your most recent U.S. passport:  Original and 1 photocopy of the page with your photo and signature.
  • Written statement: Explaining the reasons for your name change. Please sign and date the statement.
  • Your final divorce decree / certificate: Original and one (1) photocopy.  The divorce decree /certificate must declare specifically that you will resume your former name.  If the divorce decree/certificate was issued more than a year ago, then you need to submit a valid government issued photo ID with the former name you wish to revert to.
  • Example of government issued ID: Previous U.S. or foreign passport, driver’s license, military ID, etc.
  • Application fee.
  • Renew by mail:  If you meet the requirement above and using form DS-82, you may renew by mail. Click here.
  • Renew in person: if you submit a divorce decree/certificate which does not declare that your will resume your former name: you may revert to your birth surname when you submit a document showing evidence of your birth surname and a valid government issued photo ID with your birth surname. Use passport application form DS-11.  You need to schedule an appointment.

WIDOWS / WIDOWERS

If you wish to revert to your birth surname, please submit the following:

  • Application form: see the section below “Application Forms for Name Change” to learn the application form to be used.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications. You must have your SSN ready when completing the form. If you do not have your SSN on hand or do not recall the number, click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.
    If you have never applied for an SSN, you still need to contact the Social Security Administration Office in Manila to obtain a confirmation email that an SSN was never assigned to you. Please do not schedule an appointment for passport renewal until you have contacted the Social Security Administration in Manila to confirm whether or not you have an SSN.
  • One photograph (2 x 2 inch / 5cm x 5cm): Click here for more information on passport photo requirements.
  • Your most recent U.S. passport: Original and 1 photocopy of the page with your photo and signature.
  • Your marriage certificate: listing your and your spouse’s full name, and your birth surname. Original and 1 photocopy.
  • Your late spouse’s death certificate.  Original and 1 photocopy.
  • A government issued photo ID with your birth surname.
  • Example of government issued ID: Previous U.S. or foreign passport, driver’s license, military ID, etc.
  • Written statement: Explaining the reasons for your name change. Please sign and date the statement.
  • Application fee.
  • Renew by mail:  If you meet the requirement above and using form DS-82, you may renew by mail. Click here.

Change of Name Through Usage

You may apply for a U.S. passport in a new name through customary usage over a period of at least five years.

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Form DS-11 (Online Form Filler): Please bring this completed, unsigned form to your appointment.  The Consular Officer will ask you to sign this form during your appointment.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications. You must have your SSN ready when completing the form. If you do not have your SSN on hand or do not recall the number, click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.
    If you have never applied for an SSN, you still need to contact the Social Security Administration Office in Manila to obtain a confirmation email that an SSN was never assigned to you. Please do not schedule an appointment for passport renewal until you have contacted the Social Security Administration in Manila to confirm whether or not you have an SSN.
  • One photograph (2 x 2 inch / 5 x 5 cm): Click here for more information on passport photo requirements.
  • Your most recent U.S. passport: Plus 1 photocopy of the page with your photo and biodata.
  • Evidence of name change:  three public documents issued for 5 years or more:
    • One government-issued PHOTO ID, must reflect your acquired (new) name, date of birth, place of birth, and the issued date for 5 years or more.
    • Two public documents, must reflect your acquired (new) name with (your date of birth or place of birth or social security number or ID photo.)
  • OR if you cannot provide a government issued photo ID issued for 5 years or more, you need to provide one valid government issued photo ID and three public documents:
    • the VALID government-issued PHOTO ID, must reflect your acquired (new) name, date of birth, place of birth, and the issued date of the ID.
    • 3\three public documents, must reflect your acquired (new) name with (your date of birth or place of birth or social security number or ID photo.)
  • Written statement:
    • Explaining the reasons for your name change. Please sign and date the statement.
    • For Minor Applicants (under the age of 18):
    • Two-parent notarized consent for name change is required unless evidence that one parent’s signature is sufficient has been provided; Please do not sign the statement.
    • If a notarized Form DS-3053 (statement of consent for issuing of a passport) is provided, the form must list the minor’s acquired (new) name.
  • Application fee.  Please click here to see the schedule of fees.
  • Schedule an appointment: You, parent/s and affiant/s are required to appear in person to submit your application through a pre-arranged appointment.

Acceptable public documents include, but are not limited to:

    • Taiwan household registration record (English version);
    • Non-driver state issued ID;
    • Employment records;
    • Tax records;
    • School records;
    • Census records;
    • Hospital birth record;
    • Baptismal certificate;
    • Medical card/records;
    • Valid or expired foreign passport;
    • Military records;
    • Driver’s license.

Add or Drop A Given Name

  • Form DS-11 (Online Form Filler): Please bring this completed, unsigned form to your appointment.  The Consular Officer will ask you to sign this form during your appointment.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications. You must have your SSN ready when completing the form. If you do not have your SSN on hand or do not recall the number, click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.
    If you have never applied for an SSN, you still need to contact the Social Security Administration Office in Manila to obtain a confirmation email that an SSN was never assigned to you. Please do not schedule an appointment for passport renewal until you have contacted the Social Security Administration in Manila to confirm whether or not you have an SSN.
  • One photograph (2 x 2 inch / 5 x 5 cm): Click here for more information on passport photo requirements.
  • Your most recent U.S. passport: original and 1 photocopy of the page with your photo and signature.
  • Written request for changing your given name.  Sign and date the statement.
  • A valid government issued photo ID with your new FULL name (the name you want to change to).
  • Application fee.  Please click here to see the schedule of fees.
  • Schedule an appointment online: You are required to renew in person.

Add “Also Known As” Names

You may include an “also known as” name in your passport.  You must appear in person to apply for your passport.

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Form DS-11 (Online form filler): Please bring this completed, unsigned form to your appointment.  Fill in your “also known as” name along with your current name on the form.  The Consular Officer will ask you to sign this form during your appointment.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications. You must have your SSN ready when completing the form.  If you do not have your SSN on hand or do not recall the number, click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.
    If you have never applied for an SSN, you still need to contact the Social Security Administration Office in Manila to obtain a confirmation email that an SSN was never issued to you. Please do not schedule an appointment for passport renewal until you have contacted the Social Security Administration in Manila to confirm whether or not you have an SSN.
  • One photograph (2 x 2 inch / 5 x 5 cm): Click here for more information on passport photo requirements.
  • Your most recent U.S. passport: original and 1 photocopy of the page with your photo and signature
  • Evidence of “Also Known As” Name: two  public documents and two notarized Form DS-60:
    • One valid government issued photo ID in your “also known as” name, your date of birth, place of birth, and date of issuance.
    • One public document:  reflecting your “also known as” name and a date of issuance.
    • Two Form DS-60 “Affidavit Regarding Change of Name” executed by two persons attesting that they have known you by your both the original and the also known as names. They are required to appear in person with a valid photo ID (in English language).
  • OR if you only have one person to execute Form DS-60, you need to provide three public documents and one form DS-60:
    • One valid government issued photo ID in your “also known as” name, your date of birth, place of birth, and date of issuance.
    • Two public documents: reflecting your “also known as” name and a date of issuance.
    • One Form DS-60 “Affidavit Regarding Change of Name” executed by one person attesting that they have known you by your both the original and the also known as names. They are required to appear in person with a valid photo ID (in English language).
  • Written statement:
    • Requesting of inclusion of a “also known as” name in your passport. Please sign and date the statement.
    • For Minor Applicants (under the age of 18):
      • Two-parent consent for adding “also known as” name is required unless evidence that one parent’s signature is sufficient has been provided. Please sign and date the statement.
      • If a notarized Form DS-3053 (statement of consent for issuing of a passport) is provided, the form must list the minor’s original and “also known as” names .
  • Application fee.  Please click here to see the schedule of fees.
  • Schedule an appointment: You, parent/s and affiant/s are required to appear in person to submit your application through a pre-arranged appointment.

Acceptable public documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Taiwan household registration record (English version);
  • Non-driver state issued ID;
  • Employment records;
  • Tax records;
  • School records;
  • Census records;
  • Hospital birth record;
  • Baptismal certificate;
  • Medical card/records;
  • Valid or expired foreign passport;
  • Military records;
  • Driver’s license.

Application Forms for Name Change

Please read the instructions carefully to identify the form that applies to you.

Form DS-82 (Online Form Filler)
You can use this form only if your current passport meets all the following requirements:

  • Has ten-year validity;
  • Was issued within the last 15 years;
  • Is undamaged;
  • Can be submitted with your application.

Please complete and print the form and sign your new name.

Form DS-5504 (Online Form Filler)
You can use this form only if your current passport meets all the following requirements:

  • Was issued within one year;
  • Is undamaged;
  • Can be submitted with your application.

Please complete and print the form, and sign your new name. If the applicant is under the age of 16, both parents need to sign the form on behalf of their child.

You CANNOT use the Form DS-5504 if you are adding “Also Known As” name.  You are required to use the form DS-11 and appear in person to submit your application.

Form DS-11 (Online Form Filler):
You are using this form because you are not eligible to use either Form DS-82 or Form DS-5504. You must appear in person to apply for your passport.  Please do not sign the form as a Consular Officer will ask you to sign this form during your appointment.