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 and PDF 101.39KB): 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.
  • One government issued photo ID with your acquired (new) name, your date of birth and place of birth, showing use of the new name for at least five years, plus two public documents (see the list below), reflecting your new name and providing a date of issuance.  These public documents must show use of the new name for at least five years.OR
  • One government issued photo ID with your acquired (new) name that is currently valid but does not show use of the new name for at least five years, plus three public documents (see the list below), reflecting your new name and providing a date of issuance  These public documents must show use of the new name for at least five years.  If you cannot provide three such documents, you may provide two plus Form DS-60 “Affidavit Regarding Change of Name executed by two or more persons attesting that they have known you by both the original and acquired (new) names and that you have used the new name for all purposes for at least five years.
  • 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 consent is required unless evidence that one parent’s signature is sufficient has been provided; parents will sign the statement.
    • If a notarized Form DS-3053 (statement of consent) is provided, the form must list the minor’s assumed (current) name.
  • Application fee: click here
  • Schedule an appointment:  You 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.