Name Change Instructions
Name Change on Passport is ONLY available if your passport was issued less than one year ago. If your passport was issued more than one year ago, please complete the Passport Renewal Checklist. The name change on passport is completed during the Passport Renewal application.
Step 1: Complete and Gather the Documents
DS-5504 Passport Name Change Application
This passport name change form must be completed online and then printed out. You will NOT be making a payment via this form, so you can ignore the payment page at the end. Simply select any option and continue so you can print this passport name change form. At the last page, click ‘Create Form’ and a .pdf file will open up. Print and sign this passport name change form.
Important: Handwritten applications are not accepted for expedited passport applicants by the U.S. Department of State. Failure to submit a typed application will result in a $35 fee for Fastport Passport staff to type your application.
TIP: The Social Security Number is now required for all passport applications. Failure to include the SSN will cause your passport application to be delayed or denied. If the applicant has never received their SSN, please print and complete this form.
Download & Print Registered Passport Courier Letter Of Authorization
IMPORTANT: Only check off the first two boxes. DO NOT check off all three boxes on the Letter of Authorization. This form allows our service to expedite your passport application. Print each of the Letters of Authorization. Complete the Letters of Authorization by hand in blue or black ink. Please follow the instructions on each form.
Submit Valid Passport
Your Passport must be issued within the past year. If not, please follow passport renewal instructions. Be sure to sign your passport!
Proof of Name Change
You must provide proof of name change: Marriage Certificate or Court Order
The name change document must bear the official seal of the issuing authority.
Notarized documents or uncertified copies are not acceptable.
Provide one new passport photo (2”x2”).
- We highly recommend using the Passport Photo Creator mobile app. Download this app for free on your iOS or Android device. This easy-to-use app lets you take your own photo and will verify if your photo is compliant with the passport photo requirements set by the U.S. Department of State Passport Agency. Once you are satisfied with your passport photo, you can print to any of the 8000 Walgreens locations near you in less than one hour. You will only pay for the photo when you pick it up at your local Walgreens ($13.99). An unacceptable passport photo is the #1 reason passports are rejected or delayed. The Passport Photo Creator will help eliminate passport photo rejections.
- Handwrite your full name in pencil on the backside of your passport photo.
- The passport photo must be taken within the past 6 months and cannot be a photo of another person.
Passport Photo Requirements:
The Passport Photo Creator mobile app will help you take a perfect passport photo. Utilizing biometric facial recognition software, your passport photo will show real-time compliance checks to ensure your passport photo will be accepted. The app will verify the following Passport Photo Requirements: Eyeglasses must be removed. Recent Color Photo taken in last six months. 2x2 inches in size (51mm x 51mm). Photo Quality Paper. Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches. Plain white or off-white background. Neutral facial expression (no smiles!) directly facing the camera. Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily. No hats or head covering that covers hair or hairline, unless worn daily for religious purposes. Face must be visible with no shadows being cast on face. No headphones or similar items can be worn. Prescription glasses or hearing devices normally worn may be included. Dark glasses or tinted lenses non-prescription glasses are not allowed. If they are a medical need, then you may need to provide medical certification. No glare on glasses. Your eyes MUST be visible.
Submit Proof of International Travel: Now required!
Acceptable proof of travel within next 14 days (or 30 days if a visa is needed): Plane Ticket, Hotel Confirmation, e-Ticket, flight itinerary, or a Business Letter from Employer or Company (sample).
Click here for more information on how to provide proof of travel.
Include $60 check or money order for government fee
Government fee: $60 check or money order to U.S. Department of State
Include your date of birth on the check or money order
Starter checks or third party checks are not accepted
Step 2: Ship us the Sealed Envelope
Any forms with a signature and date field MUST be completed with your signature and date. Failure to sign and date your DS application or LOA will delay your processing.
Ship all documents to:
Note: Same Day passport requests are processed the next business day unless you speak with a representative and arrange first overnight shipping with Fed Ex.
Now you have completed the Fastport Passport Expedited checklist!! If you have already paid for service you can send your documents to us and relax while we process your expedited passport request. If you have reviewed the checklist and now want to proceed to check out: Click Here to see our expedited service options that best fit your needs.
Step 3: Get your Passport and Travel!
Once the passport is made, we will immediately send the new passport to you!