You should update your name on your U.S. passport whenever your legal name changes. How to apply for a name change on your passport varies depending on the reason for your name change.

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If your name was changed due to marriage or court order and your passport was issued less than one year ago:

You should mail your current, valid U.S. passport along with the completed Form DS-5504, Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement to the address listed on the form.  Also, you must include an original or certified copy of your Marriage Certificate or the government-issued document evidencing your legal name change under federal state or law.  There is no fee for this service.

If your name was changed due to marriage or court order and your passport was issued more than one year ago:

Mail your current, valid, U.S. passport along with the completed Form DS-82, Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail to the address listed on the form.  You must also mail the applicable renewal fees and an original or certified copy of your Marriage Certificate or the government-issued document evidencing your legal name change under federal or state law.  Also include one recent, color photograph.

If you have no documents as proof of your name change or are renewing a passport for a minor:

You should bring your current, valid U.S. passport along with the completed Form DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport to an Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency in person.  Be ready to pay the applicable fees as well as show 3 public records showing your date and place of birth that show exclusive use of your assumed name for at least 5 years.  Also include one recent, color photograph.

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