Change or Correct a Passport
If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.
See DS-82 eligibility requirements below.
Please select from the following options:
Printing Errors and Spelling Errors
Printing errors and spelling errors, including incorrect name, gender, or place of birth, can be corrected at no charge at any time while the passport is still valid.
- If reported within one year of issuance, a new, corrected passport will be issued, which will be valid for 10 years from the date the new, correct book is issued.
- If reported after one year of issuance, the new, corrected passport will be valid until the expiration date of the original, incorrect passport.
The requirements for replacement passports apply for both adults and minors.
To correct a printing or spelling error in your passport:
- Mail Form DS-5504 with one color passport photo and evidence of the error.
- Print a blank Form DS-5504 and complete by hand; or use our online guide for step by step instructions.
Form DS-82 Eligibility
You are eligible to use Form DS-82 only if:
- You can submit your most recently issued passport;
- You were at least 16 years old when your most recent passport was issued;
- Your most recent passport was issued less than 15 years ago;
- Your most recent passport has not been lost, stolen, damaged, or mutilated; and
- You use the same name as on your most recent passport, or have had your name changed by marriage or court order, and can submit proper documentation to reflect the name change.
For a complete list of forms please see our Forms page