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Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:30 pm

My wife and I just decided to take a trip to Spain in 4 weeks.

Although we were married over 1 year ago, she went through formal name change legalities only recently. Following our marriage, it seemed like one thing after another (honeymoon required a visa, additional international travel, major purchases) never left her a convenient "quiet" period to proceed with her name change.

My wife's airline "travel profile" information and her current passport both reflect her old name. I think we might have even (in ignorance) visited a few countries already using her old passport with old/incorrect name (I'd have to look at when exactly she had her name change paperwork processed).

Can I (or should I) leave well enough alone for this trip? (the link below says that I shouldn't).
http://travel.state.gov/passport/cor...ing/ChangeName/ChangeName_851.html

I'd ordinarily just have her request a new passport, but I don't know that we'd count on receiving her new passport in time for our trip. Anyone have similar experience? As the above link implies we are US passport holders.


PS - I'll add before someone flames me that I clearly told my wife that I don't care what name she takes/keeps/invents/etc  Smile

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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:36 pm

It should be possible to get a temporary passport within a few days, just I expect it to cost extra. At least we can get one with 24 hours.
 
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:58 pm

I don't think it will matter - how will the border control know what her "real" name is anyways. Just be sure that the name of the passport matches the name under her flight booking or she wont be able to board the plane. This happened to a couple traveleing when I was checking in at AUS a few months ago. They had gotten married - hadn't changed her passport - but had booked the ticket with her new name. I'm not sure what happened but there was "issues" with the CSRs. It sounded bad. They were flying DL if it matters.
 
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:03 pm

So long as the name on the ticket matches the name on the passport, you're all set! If you booked the res. using a name different from her passport, however (i.e. your name), then you're hosed. You cannot call and change the name on a reservation once it's been made- my friend's tried it.

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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:05 pm

Just done use the new name on the ticket. Use what Is on the passport.
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:08 pm

Quoting huxrules (Reply 2):
This happened to a couple traveleing when I was checking in at AUS a few months ago. They had gotten married - hadn't changed her passport - but had booked the ticket with her new name.

This happens often. The airline tickets are mistakenly purchased for a honeymoon in the wife's new married last name. However her passport is still in her maiden name. Most honeymooners travel immediately after the wedding, and there is not time to revise the passport. The solution is to book the bride's airline ticket under her maiden name to match her passport.
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:31 pm

Thanks all.

I assumed that this kind of thing (regardless of official expectation) happened all the time. Her passport is 7 years old anyway so it's not great problem to get a new one (though I will wait until after this upcoming trip). My intuition was that (with the passport being the only ID that one usually shows through the airport when travelling internationally) that it really wouldn't matter.
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:21 pm

It is legal for a person to have more than one name. They just can't use that to commit fraud. It does require keeping track of what name is being used and when. Normally all parties involved are aware that someone goes by two names.
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:09 pm

Didn't Joan Rivers get into a bunch of trouble for this leaving Costa Rica not too long ago. It seemed like she was detained for a day or two while it was sorted out. I think her ticket was made out to Joan Rivers and her passport read Joan Rivers Rosenberg or something like that. But the airport authorities wouldn't let her fly.
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:32 pm

If the tickets match the passport, no issue.

The issue that can arrise, and has with my wife, if the last names are different, customs (here in the USA) can take far longer. We were very politely asked extra questions to verify that might wife was indeed a US citizen. (Apparently, it is known way to smuggle people into the US as a 'spouse.') Note: This could have been triggered as my children and myself all had new passports (mine would have expired during the trip, so with the kids applied for 3 at once), but my wife had an older passport where the name and mailing address did not match myself or the kids. (I should note, its obvious visually the children are mine and were interacting with myself right before and during the checkpoint.)

So long term, you will want it changed. Short term... enjoy the vacation!

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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:00 am

Make the tickets match the passport, like others have say- also, you can do a rush delivery for US Passports.
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RE: Air Travel With Wife's Old (Name) Passport?

Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:28 am

We had a similar concern during our immigration process into Canada (where we invariably went through extra scutiny while it was being done...) as we had to get married for immigration purposes, so she ended up with different names on different things.

Just take a copy of your marriage certificate and you will be fine - and again, would only be an issue if you have to go through extra scrutiny anyway, as others have said, make sure the ticket matches.

Even when she was finally immigrating into Canada after our honeymoon and they were to grant her work permit, they didnt even look at our marriage certificate (which we jumped through huge hoops within 24 hours of our marriage ceremony to obtain before we left the UK...)
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