How do I change the name on my passport after marriage
  • Hi - I have a UK passport and would like to change my name on the passport after marriage. I assume I cannot do it in time for our honeymoon. Please can you advise me how to change the name on my passport - I live in London but would ideally do this via post rather than sitting in a queue. Is there a website where I can print off passport forms etc? What are the timings, how long does it take to get the new passport. I am also concerned about visas etc. I have a visa for the US - will this be wiped out on the new passport? Any advice? Thanks! L.
  • You are able to change your passport name before the honeymoon but the passport only becomes valid on the wedding day.

    This page will help explain it http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Passports/Applyingforyourfirstadultpassport/DG_174104

    Passports can be applied for online here:

    https://passports.ips.gov.uk/epa1r1a/Rich/Formpage.aspx

    I am honestly not sure about the visa for the US - is it an ESTA?

    Best wishes,

    Niall
  • ok, that's great. many thanks. I am not sure what an ESTA is - but I will research and find out. I am sure the visa is transferrable to a new passport.
  • UK passport holders don't need a visa for the USA. They do need an ESTA form which you can download from the US imigration site. It just means you need to re-register your visitor so they can check you're not a terrorist before you arrive.

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