In this blogpost, I shared how we applied for a passport for our son when he was two months old. Because he had a priority pass via the courtesy lane (no appointment needed) and one adult can ride with this pass, I decided to have my passport changed to my married name, too (we’ve been married for almost 4 years, after all, haha!).
So, if you are changing your Philippine Passport from your maiden name to your married name here in the Philippines, you first have to set an appointment HERE.
Once your schedule is set, here are the documents you need to bring:
- Confirmed Appointment
- Duly Accomplished Application Form (download HERE and print in A4 paper – do not sign it yet!)
- Recent/ Expiring Passport
- Acceptable IDs at least one (1): for Brown, Green and MRP (without IC Chip logo).
- Additional Passport Requirements may be needed depending on your kind of passport (Brown/ Green/ MRP/ E-Passport) – to check them, click HERE
- Passport Fee (PHP 950 for regular – 15 working days | PHP 1200 for express – 7 working days)
- Delivery Fee (if you would rather have your passport delivered at your doorstep. Pickup option is also available)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE THEIR CIVIL STATUS TO MARRIED:
- Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA
- If entries are blurred or unreadable, submit Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR
- If married abroad, Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA
- Original and photocopy of Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required ONLY for women with foreign national husband married in the Philippines)
Since I did my passport name change when I applied for a passport for my infant, it was pretty easy! I did not have to set an appointment and just headed straight to the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Satellite Office in SM Megamall (EDIT: From what I heard, they are stricter now — if you need to do a passport name change, it has to be done at their main branch). We went there before 10:00 AM and we were out in an hour.
After paying the passport fee (we chose the express since my son still had to apply for a visa), we were asked to wait by the windows for our turn. Infants have a separate window, but the waiting area is just the same area. When my son was done with his application, they called me, took my photo, asked me to do an e-signature, and then asked me to review all the details of my new passport.
Before heading out, we passed by the courier station because we chose to have our passports delivered to our house instead of going back to pick it up. Just a note though, even though we applied together, our new passports were sent separately. I received mine a day before my son’s passport arrived, and because it was December (aka Christmas season) when we applied, we got our passports a little past the 7 working days express fee we paid for.
Overall, it was really quick and easy. If you’re going to set an appointment, I highly suggest you set the earliest time possible so there’s no clog up at the lines for the day! Have fun, MRS. 🙂
Here are some questions I had for myself. Sharing this, too!
1. Can I change my passport to my married name even if my passport is not yet expiring?
Yes, you can!
2. If my passport is not yet expiring and I decide to change just because of my name, will there be a discounted rate for the passport fee?
Unfortunately, no. It’s just like renewing your passport. Same fees apply.
3. I have valid visas under my maiden name. If I change my passport to my married name, should I change my valid visas, too?
No need, fortunately! All you have to do is bring an original copy of your marriage certificate (authenticated by NSO/PSA) every time you travel to countries where your visa is still under your maiden name.
4. I just got married. Do I really need to change to my married name? Is this required by the law?
No. You can keep your maiden name if you like, even for your next passport application. You do need to inform them of your new status (married) on your next application, though.
5. Can I get a copy of my Marriage Certificate online?
Certainly. Just go HERE to process your request.
6. Do I need to bring a passport photo?
No need, they will take your photo there.
7. Do I need to bring a pen?
Yes. Black ink, please.
8. Do I have to wear a collared top?
I was not able to verify this, but I just wore a collared top, anyway! Sleeveless is not allowed. If you’re wearing earrings, hair accessories, and/or eyeglasses, they will ask you to take them off during the picture taking.
9. Can I smile for my photo?
YES! YES! YES! They just won’t allow you to show your teeth, but yes! The Mona Lisa smile is recommended according to them, haha! More information HERE.
EDIT: Here are follow-up questions I got here on the blog and on Instagram. Sharing, too!
1. What if I booked a flight under my maiden name but then I’ll change my passport to my married name before our trip, will the airline accept this?
Certainly. This sort of happened to me twice – only the other way around. I booked a trip to Dubai via Cebu Pacific under my married name, but my passport was still under my maiden name. I called the airline and they just told me to email them my marriage certificate. The change was done in less than an hour. Great job for this airline in this aspect. And then, while booking for our trip to the US this March via Philippine Airlines, my husband put in my married name, but again, my passport is still under my maiden name. We called, and well, unlike the more-online friendly Cebu Pacific, they can adjust the ticket, but we have to visit their physical office. This is actually why I finally decided to change my passport to my married name even though it’s not expiring yet.
2. What is the difference between PSA and NSO?
Nothing. PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority) is the new name of what we more know as NSO.
3. I recently got married but my passport is valid until 2020. Is it okay not to have my name in the passport changed yet just to maximize its validity? Also, I already changed all my financial documents and most of my identifications (including my details for my income tax and office ID) to my married name. Will this cause any problem when I apply for visa say I have to submit my passport (with my maiden name) and my financial documents and employment certificates (with my married name)?
My situation was like that for almost four years. I changed everything but my passport when I got married exactly because I wanted to maximize validity, too (I just renewed a few months prior our wedding). After all, it means paying in full again just to change names! I never had a problem, I just always kept a copy of our marriage certificate handy!
Hope this was helpful to you!