Name Change by Marriage or Court Order
If you have changed your name by marriage or by U.S. court order, you may apply for a new passport to be issued in your new name. If your passport was issued more than 12 months ago, you should follow the instructions for routine passport renewal.
If your passport was issued within the last 12 months, please review the following FIVE STEPS before beginning your application. It is not possible to apply for this service in person.
Step 1 - Submit form DS-5504, Application for a U.S. Passport
Applicants must complete the Passport application form DS-5504: Please ignore pages one and two of the printed instruction pages, as they do not apply when applying for your passport in the United Kingdom. Follow the instructions on this page. Form DS-5504 must be printed on separate sheets of paper; do NOT print this form on front and back of the same sheet. If you experience trouble with the Passport Application Wizard, click here for Form DS-5504 [PDF - 976kb].
Step 2 - Additional Documents
- Your current U.S. passport; and
- Your original marriage certificate or a U.S. Court Order;
Step 3 - Fees
There is no fee for this service.
Step 4 - Passport Photographs
Applicants must provide two identical passport photographs: The Embassy will reject any photographs that do not meet the specified requirements. Vending machine photographs and photographs printed on a home computer are unacceptable.
Step 5 - Submitting the Application
If you reside in England or Wales and are applying for passport services at the U.S. Embassy in London, please follow this link for information on submitting your application
If you reside in Northern Ireland and are applying for passport services at the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast, please follow this link for information on submitting your application
If you reside in Scotland and applying for passport services at the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, please follow this link for information on submitting your application.