If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered name change, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost will depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.
If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:
- You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees.
- Complete and print Form DS-5504(follow link for “Updating or Correcting Passport Information”). Although it asks for a mailing address, because you are overseas your new passport will be sent to the U.S. Embassy in Algiers.
You will also need to provide:
- Your current passport.
- An original or certified copy of the name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order.
- Color passport photo.
- SeePhoto Requirements. Local photography shops can provide the appropriate type photos.
If more than one year has passed since your passport was issued:
- See the requirements under Adult Passport Renewal.
- In addition to the requirements for a regular passport renewal, you will need to provide the original or certified copy of the name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order.
Requesting an appointment
Once you have all of the above, please request an appointment on-line. If the on-line system is unavailable, please request an appointment by writing to ACSAlgiers@state.gov.
Processing Time / Pick-up
Once your application is complete and approved, your new passport will be printed in the United States and sent to the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. You should allow two to three weeks for your application to be processed, and you will receive an email when your passport is ready for pick-up. You may designate in writing to have someone pick up the passport on your behalf.