Passport Name Change

If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost 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 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:
    • Current passport
    • Original or certified copy of the name change document , such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order.  You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name.
    • Color passport photo

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 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.  You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name.

Requesting an appointment

Once you have all of the above, please request an appointment on-line.  Appointments are generally available Mondays and Wednesdays.

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 2-3 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.