Blog Entries on name changes

Can You Get a US Passport With a Name Like Pudsey Bear?

According to the Telegraph, a British woman who legally changed her name to Mrs. Pudsey Bear to help raise money for charity was denied a passport by the British government.  The 37-year-old woman, born Eileen De Bont, changed her name to raise £4,000 for the BBC charity Children in Need. She has changed her name successfully on her bank account, credit cards and tax records, but the Identity & Passport Service refused to issue her a passport in the new name, saying they considered the name change “frivolous.”

Could this happen here?

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How to Rush a Passport Name Change

If you’ve gotten married, it can take a long time to get everything changed over from your maiden name to your married name.  Some documents, inevitably, will get lost in the shuffle. 

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Passport Renewal and Name Change

Whether you’ve changed your name due to marriage, divorce, or “just because,” the paperwork involved can be a huge hassle. If you’re planning on traveling overseas, you’ll need to get a new passport with your new name to avoid getting stuck at the border.

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