It is a requirement that the name on your passport be identical to that which you use when making flight reservations. As such, it can be a hurdle to leave the country if you have made a legal name change and you have not made changes to your passport. At Travel Visa Pro, we offer expedited name change services to people who wish to leave the country within a short period. You can visit our offices across the country, or you can opt to reach us through social media or our website. One of our agents will take you under their wing to ensure that the process goes smoothly.
At first, we will test your eligibility for a name change as per the state department. If your current valid passport is less than one year old and you have undertaken a legal name change within that period, then you qualify for a name change. However, if your current passport is more than one year old, you are eligible for passport renewal services. Our agent will then take you through the emergency passport name change requirements having confirmed your eligibility. We require that you provide us with documentation showing the name change. You can use a marriage certificate, court decree on name change as well as a divorce decree. Any document that you submit must be original or certified as the state department does not accept the use of copies. We will ensure that the original documents revert to you once the process is complete.
You also require showing the need for urgency in the process. It could be that you have upcoming travel plans which you can prove by way of booking confirmations, travel itineraries and official letters from your place of work. It could also be that your organization calls for valid passports at all times and the name change is therefore crucial. Other emergency passport name change requirements include two complete DS 82 forms, two signed letters of authorization and two valid passport photos. With these records, we can expedite the name change and deliver a valid passport to your doorstep within a day. Thank you for choosing Travel Visa Pro!
- TWO Original Signed Letters of Authorization.
TWO Original Signed Letters of Authorization. Please print and complete BY HAND, and sign two copies of this document. Photocopies not accepted.
- Two (2) Identical, Recent (not older than 3 months, no eye glasses allowed) Passport Photographs
To process your application, you are required to provide identical passport-style photographs (2 x 2 inches in size. Government Agencies have very specific regulations regarding the passport photographs. We recommend visiting professional photographer. Please review samples of well composed photos to avoid passport processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency. Beginning November 1, 2016, You must take off eye glasses for your U.S. Passport photo.
- US Passport Renewal Form (#DS-82)
Complete Online – Form DS-82 (click here) – Department of State website will open in a new window. After completing and printing out the application form in duplicate please print TWO COPIES. PLEASE PRINT OUT AND SUBMIT ONLY ONE-SIDED PAGES OF THE APPLICATION. We will accept only application completed ONLINE (applications not containing the 2D barcode or not accompanied by a duplicate application with the 2D barcode will be placed in suspense). If you wish us to type-up your application, we offer an exclusive concierge service. A $35 convenience fee will be assessed for this service. ORDER YOUR US PASSPORT CONCIERGE SERVICE HERE.
- Legal Records Showing Name Change
One of the following Original documents (fax or photocopies are not acceptable):
- Marriage License
- Divorce Decree
- Court Decree of Name Change
- Payment to Department of State
- Please write a personal or cashier’s check payable to “U.S. Department of State” for $170.00 (Passport book only) or $170 (Passport book and Passport card). You should write your date of birth on the MEMO line of the check. Starter’s checks are not accepted.
- For a $5 convenience fee Travel Visa Pro will get a check to pay Department of State dues.
- Copy of Evidence of Immediate Travel
Copy of airline/ferry/train ticket/itinerary indicating travel to a foreign country in less than 14 days or a foreign travel visa is required within four weeks. If you do not have one, or are driving to Mexico/Canada, or need passport for any other personal or business matter, you have to proof immediate need for your passport. It can be a letter from employer on its letterhead detailing the need for urgent business trip OR a circular from employer mandating a need for each employee to have a valid US passport (e.g. pilots, flight attendants, etc.) OR hotel reservation in Mexico/ Canada OR any other document detailing the rush need for passport. If you do not have any of the above or have doubts, please fill out this statement.