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Do you need to correct or update your U.S. passport due to a name change, data error, or printing error? Pick the topic below to learn how.
The process to change your name on your passport varies depending on your situation. Expand the boxes below to find the process that applies to you.
Submit the following by mail:
You will not have to submit any passport fees unless you want expedited service which costs an additional $60.
You may be eligible to renew your passport by mail using Form DS-82 or apply in person using Form DS-11.
Can I renew by mail?
You can renew by mail using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:
If you are eligible to renew, submit the following by mail:
How do I apply in person if I cannot renew by mail?
If you are not eligible to renew your passport by mail using Form DS-82, apply in person and submit the following:
Please note: You do not need to submit proof of the name change if your name has changed due to marriage and you present an ID issued in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage on the second page of Form DS-11.
If you cannot document the change with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate, apply in person and submit the following:
Please note: you may need to submit Form DS-60: Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name when the name you use is significantly different than the name on your evidence of U.S. citizenship, or your new name cannot be documented by a court order or through marriage. This form must be completed by two people who have known you by both names. You must also submit three certified or original public records that show you have used the new name for five years or more.
You can correct your passport if there is a data or printing error. A data error may include an issue with your name, gender, or place of birth. A printing error may include data is missing on the biographical page, discoloration, or crooked printing. We will correct the error at no charge if the passport is still valid.
Please see our Selecting Your Gender Marker page for information.
No, you don’t need to update your current passport with your new address. However, if you have a passport application that is currently in process, and you’d like to change your mailing address, please call 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY).
If your photo looks bad because of a printing error on our part, you can use Form DS-5504 to reapply at no cost to you.
If your photo is printed correctly and you just dislike your photo, you may use Form DS-82 (if eligible) to reapply. You must pay the normal fees.