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Getting a passport question

Old 07-04-06, 02:07 AM
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Getting a passport question

So I was born with 1 last name, but my mom remairied when I was 8 and I took that name. EVERYTHING is in my new last name (drivers license, social security card, tax returns), but since my birth certificate says my first last name, someone told me I have to file a legal name change to be able to get a passport. My mom never filed anything when she remarried, since she claims my bio-dad was a dickhead. Anyone know for sure? I tried looking around www.state.gov (state department website that lists passport info), but I couldnt find anything about that.
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Old 07-04-06, 02:10 AM
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I don't think any of us knows for sure whether your bio-dad was a dickhead.
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Old 07-04-06, 08:58 AM
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I doubt that the State Department would have that information as well.
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Old 07-04-06, 09:40 AM
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I don't think any of us knows for sure whether your bio-dad was a dickhead.
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Old 07-04-06, 11:43 AM
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I think you'll need to call to explain the situation to the State department. Odd that they got a social security number in the new name. Something seems a little strange there.
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Old 07-04-06, 11:49 AM
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I think they are required to issue it in the name on your birth certificate unless you show a court ordered name change. Although it isn't quite the same thing, that is what happens when you get married. You can't get a passport in your married name until the marriage license is filed with the court after the ceremony.

Maybe there is some kind of "common law" type of exception since you have been legally using the other name for so long, but I don't think you are going to get the answer for that here. Contact the State department and see what they can tell you.
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Old 07-04-06, 12:37 PM
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I agree - this is one of those technicality questions you need to ask so they can give you the wrong answer.
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