Passport

Changing your name on the passport

All documents need to be originals or certified copies by the issuing agency.

If you have a current valid passport less than one year old:

  1. A completed application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement Form DS-5504, which you can download here. There is no fee associated with this form unless expedited service is requested.
  2. A certified copy of a marriage certificate or name change court decree to prove that your name has legally changed.
  3. Your current passport
  4. Two new photos
  5. Using the DS-5044 form, there is no fee unless you need your passport immediately.

Using US Postal Service, mail all of this information to:

For Routine Service (No Fee)

National Passport Processing

P.O. Box 90107

Philadelphia, PA 19101-3290

For Expedited Service (Additional Fee of $60)

National Passport Processing Center

P.O. Box 90907

Philadelphia, PA 19101-0907

If your passport is older than one year

  1. A completed DS-82 form (Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail), which you can download here.
  2. A certified copy of a marriage certificate or name change court decree to prove that your name has legally changed.
  3. Your current passport.
  4. Two new photos.
  5. You will have to pay all of the fees associated with getting a new passport.

Using US Postal Service, mail all of this information to:

For Routine Service (No Fee)

National Passport Processing

P.O. Box 90155

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

For Expedited Service (Additional Fee of $60)

National Passport Processing

P.O. Box 90955

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

Passport photos

The U.S. Department of State has strict requirements for what can be used as an acceptable passport photo.

  • In color
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression (preferred) or a natural smile, and with both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    • Uniforms, clothing that looks like a uniform, and camouflage attire should not be worn in photos except in the case of religious attire that is worn daily.
    • You may only wear a hat or head covering if you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo. ¬†Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo.
    • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required).

Stores such as Walgreens and CVS can provide passport photos in line with all the requirements for $13. It is suggested you use a professional passport photo place when obtaining a passport photo to ensure all requirements are met.