It’s the beginning of July and I’ve been officially married for 10 months! Marriage itself has been a blast and I’ll be sharing more about our first year of marriage as we get closer to our anniversary date; but one of my main struggles thus far has been getting my name changed!!!
Ugh! It not only takes forever, but each place or account have different requirements when it comes to changing a name. Unless you have to get your name changed, you fail to realize how many businesses you are affiliated with.
Most couples plan an extravagant honeymoon traveling to a tropical island or a country outside of the United States that requires a U.S. passport. For us, we did a Carnival Cruise to Cuba (click HERE for that blog) that required passports.
I had a previous passport prior to traveling to Cuba but it had expired and I had no choice but to get a new one. I took care of all of that around the middle of June last year.
After marriage I had copies of our marriage certificate made. I finally got my license renewed and my name changed, however, I was curious to know if I could use my new license and my old passport together. After Googling I found out that the name on your license had to match the name on your passport – SHUCKS.
I knew I definitely wanted a new U.S. passport; they last 10 years and it makes traveling so much easier. But I didn’t want to spend 120 more dollars getting my name changed again after only having it for less than a year.
[Puts on thinking cap]
After doing a little investigation on the passport site, I found out that if your name has changed less than one year after U.S. passport was issued AND your U.S. passport is less than one year old you can have your name changed on your passport for FREE!!!!!
So this is for all of the newly married ladies out there. Take advantage of this NOW!
I almost missed my deadline because my U.S. passport was issued on 6/30/18. By the time I figured this out it was already the beginning of June 2019. I had to move really fast.
Let me just tell you that if I had missed this deadline I would have been HOT. Like on fire HOT. Oh man, I would have been so pissed.
But thankfully I got everything (name change application, most recent U.S. Passport, a color photo, and marriage license) sent to them on time.
ps: Whenever you’re mailing off U.S. Passport documentations be sure to send it off via Certified Mail. Sending your items off via Certified Mail allows your package to be tracked and it’s also insured.