In this blogpost, I shared how we applied for a passport for our son when he was an infant. 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)


  • 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!

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  1. Hi paula. I recently got married but my passport is valid until 2020. Is it ok 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 docs and employment certificates (with my married name)?

    1. Hi Jessica. My situation was like that until this year. 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). I never had a problem, I just always kept a copy of our marriage certificate handy! 🙂 Hope this helps!

        1. Hi Paula,

          I also want to maximize the validity of my passport as it expires on 2021. However, the visa form asks for my marital status details. Will it be ok to fill out the details even if the status on my passport is still single? Won’t it have any conflict on visa approval?

        2. Hi Jessica, have you tried travelling with your passport unchanged to MARRIED? we have the same situation. I just got married december 2016, and my passport is valid until 2021.. until now i have not changed any of my records because Negative pa yung record ng marriage cert namin sa PSA.

          1. Hi Paula , i like your blog its very helpful. But i just want to ask if its okay to have only marriage certificate from psa for changing my passport status to married ?

          2. I need help to my status. Paano po mag change status.? Kase yong passport ko 2021 pa ma expire. Merried nako 1month palang. Help me please.

        3. Hello ask q lng po,panu nmn po qng married na naging status ng passport mo tapos gus2 mo magchange at ndi na gamitin apelyido ng asawa mo?is it possible?

    2. Hi! I just got married last december 2016, and my daughter was born on May on that same year. I still dont have any valid ID’s that has my new surname. Only marriage certificate i have but not yet the NSO one. So Im planning to get my daughter a passport then at the same time change my status. What ID I can bring since only TIN i have at the moment. And do you have idea about that CFO? My husban is a foreigner but we got married here. Thanks a lot and Godbless.

  2. Good day! I really like your blog, how can I follow you? I cant find any subscription button. I might be too stupid not to see it!

    1. Hi Glenda. Thank you for this! I don’t have a subscription button yet, but I’m flattered someone wants to subscribe! 🙂 Thank you for asking!

      1. Good day! I just want to know if i need to use my new name in muslim (converted) just got married to a muslim man, when i renew my passport? Please any reply is highly appreciated., im confused

  3. Hi! Thanks for this! Just a question, when filling up the online form, last name should be my maiden name or my new married name? Thanks!

    1. Hello Ash, what was your feedback? The online form as to be done in your maiden name or your new married name? Thanks a lot! 🙂

  4. I went to DFA Alabang last week. They didn’t allow me to ‘ride’ with my baby. I need to have an appointment first. They only allowed my baby to apply for passport but didnt allow me to update my name to married name. Bakit ganon? 🙁

    1. Really? But DFA Megamall was the one who answered me that one adult may ride with the priority pass. Thanks for sharing your experience. I guess DFA needs to fix their standards. :/

      1. hi maam good day,

        im planning to do the same gusto ko po sanang mag change status at passport baby i have to set appointment?

        bakit ung iba pinayagan possoble kya sa alimall cubao ako…

        thank you for idea maam.

        1. hi maam good day,

          im planning to do the same gusto ko po sanang mag change status at passport baby i have to set appointment?

          bakit ung iba pinayagan possoble kya sa alimall cubao ako…

          thank you for idea maam.

    2. hi mam such a helpful blog… i also put my maiden name in the online application form.. but my valid id’s are already in my new married name… like my NEW postal ID and SSS would it still be acceptable

      1. Gusto ko po mag apply ng passport na single ang status pwde po ba kahit hindi pa expired yun passport ko na kinuha,,hindi ko pa nagamit,,,kasi ang nailagay ko married,,

        1. If you will change from married to single, I think it’s harder because you need to have legal documents to accompany this. Kindly consult with your lawyer.

    1. Same here Went yesterday to DFA Alabang and I was not allowed to ride withmy baby’s priority pass. Agree with mommy paula that they should have a standard.

  5. Hi Paola! What number did you use yo call DFA Megamall? I went to DFA Alabang and same with your other reader, they didn’t allow me to process my name change with my baby’s application.

    1. hi maam good day,

      im planning to do the same gusto ko po sanang mag change status at passport baby i have to set appointment?

      bakit ung iba pinayagan possoble kya sa alimall cubao ako…

      thank you for idea maam.

  6. I went to the nearest branch of dfa in our province which is Gensan for appointment. I have all my documents required. When i was there at the information desk she checked my document.She did not accept my document, a certified tue copy of marriage certificate issued by LCR which infact it was stated that it is acceptable requirement DFA website.she insisted that she can only accept a marriage certificate from PSA… in my case, i am recently married and i cant request a Marriage Certifictae from PSA because they will only allow to issue after atleast 3 months from your marriage date. I want to freak out at her because in short i just wasted my time and money. When i got home, i checked again the list of requirements and im pretty sure of what i read. But then i tried to request from psa but i cant… i dont know how can i change my passport name into my new surname .can please somebody give an advice what to do?

    1. Hi Frances,

      We have the same situation. I just registered my Certificate of Marriage which means I don’t have an NSO issued certificate yet. I haven’t applied yet and its good that I read your comment. I’ll try also and will let you know.

      Btw, you should have printed a screenshot of the requirements page in their website as proof you just followed the requirements. Meantime, I’ll do that also just in case.

    2. Hi Frances, you can go to the LCR and ask for early endorsement. They call it, transmittal, too. Then after that bring their letter and your receipt to the PSA office. After a few days, PSA will give you a true copy of your Marriage certificate. I got married in May and got my MC from PSA in June so about a month. 🙂

    3. Frances, we had a similar problem – but they said we had to wait 6 months before they would have a record of our Marriage Certificate.

      What we did is take our ORIGINAL Marriage Certificate to the NSO office, and they then took a copy of that.
      Then it took them 6 weeks, to process it and get us back a Certified copy (of which the copy was very poor and only half readable).
      But that was then acceptable.

      Still took 6 weeks, and lots of back and forth, but much quicker in the long run.

  7. Hi Ms. Paula, question: (newly wed)what if all your valid IDs are still under your maiden name since you don’t have ample time to accomplish new government IDs(since most will take time) and your trip is less than 2 months after the wedding? Shall I accomplish a new id under my married name (easiest will be postal id) I want to change my passport before the flight since It will involve a visit visa and I don’t want to put a wrong information about my marital status that may affect my next visa applications. Thank you

  8. I love your blog! Its so informative! Very helpful for a newbie mom like me! Thank you for sharing! Keep up the good work:) God bless!

  9. Hi Paula! Thanks for this blog and the other one about getting a passport for your new born 🙂 I have a question about the Valid IDs – Did you present IDs in your maiden name or married name? Because I only have Govt IDs in my maiden name. I haven’t changed them yet and I need to apply for a new passport (with my married name) ASAP. Thanks!

  10. Hello Frances,

    Just got word from a friend (his tita is the Civil Registrar in Baguio) that the certified true copy of your Certificate of Marriage you got from Civil registry (since NSO cannot provide yet) needs to be authenticated in any NSO office for DFA to accept it. It needs to stamped by them.

    I’ll do it and will update you guy.

  11. Hi! My passport is valid until December of 2019, but I am planning to change my name in my passport for immigration purposes. If I change my name on my passport this 2017, is the validity of my passport still until Dec 2019 or will it change?

  12. Hi, THanks for your blog on this, it’s really helpful. I’d like to ask, do we put our married name as our surname already on the passport application, if we’re changing our passport to our married name? Also, does the address have to be the same as in our old passport? What if we’ve changed address, does that need another application too? Thanks so much!

  13. Hi!i want to ask can i change my passport from married to single even without legal separation? Me and my husband are already separated 7 years ago and no communication at all is it possible? Thank you….

  14. My son and daughter in law were married in the Philippines last Sept. 2016. Currently they are both in Bahrain and they plan to change their passport from single to married.

    We want to hear from you the exact requirements needed before we go to the Philippine Embassy Bahrain.

    Is the NSO marriage certicate is required?
    Is the Red Ribbon needed?

    Please reply to me urgently.

    More power and God bless us all.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Please reply to my e-mail:

    1. Hi same question here.. i am married las 2007 and weve been separated for almost 8years now and no communication at all..
      only my philippine passport has my husband last name and thats the only documents i have with his name on it and its lost and expired already…

      All my identification cards are all in my maidens name…

      My question is can i use maidens name in renewing my philippine passport without annulment nor legal separation…
      Plzz help..
      Thanks In Advance..

  15. Hi.. Gusto ko sana mag apply ng passport using my maiden name will they allow me? I am married but separated 14 years ago but all my id are change to my married name already is there a chance? Thank you… God Bless!:)

  16. Hi,
    Your blog is a great help for me trying to change my name in my passport. I would like to clarify this requirement “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)” any idea how I can get this?

  17. Hello,

    I am about to renew my passport and change my status to married next month. Am I required to bring my birth certificate aside from the marriage license? Or will the marriage license be sufficient? Thank you

  18. This blog is giving all the help i need! Thanks a lot for putting the effort to give information especially your experience. And the questions for yourself that you also answered are of great help, indeed because those are my questions for myself too. Lol thanks!

  19. Hi! I got married this month and I’ve decided to update my passport and change it into my married name. My husband is now a U.S. Citizen and we got married here in the Philippines. Do I need to attend the seminar or what so called CFO before renewing my passport? Thank you so much.

  20. Hi Paula. have you tried applying korean/japanese/US visas when you had your single status passport as a married woman? any issues or problems in the application? is it enough to have MC?
    I am married for almost 2 years now and i am maximizing my passport validity (2019) while my office, BIR, Philhealth records are already updated. but i still have my single status UMID and bank records. 🙂

    1. hi!im married last sept. 2017,nasa us ang asawa ko at plan ko magparenew ng passport para machange ang surname ko..pwede kaya magparenew kahit walang cfo?

  21. Hi… I recently just got married and my passport is valid until 2021. now, my husband and I were planning to go abroad for our 1st yr anniversary on December 2017. would it be okay if we will still use our passports without updating it to MARRIED status? our marriage certificate is still up to date NEGATIVE with NSO though… wala po bang magiging problema sa Immigration pag nagkataon? visa free country din po kasi ang pupuntahan namin (Malaysia-Singapore).

    1. I did not schedule any appointment because I rode with my baby’s priority pass – no appointment needed for babies. However, I think it can fall under renewal. 🙂

  22. hi..just want to ask..since we only got married last January 2017,exactly 6 months today and i want to change my passport’s name from maiden to married. the problem is, all my valid/government issued id’s are still under my maiden name.can i still used them to present as a requirement for my renewal?thank you in advance…

    1. Hello mam lynn. Nakapag-pachange status din po ba kayo mam kahit ung I.D’s nyo maiden name pa rin nakalagay? Thank you

  23. Hi, ask ko lng if kinukuha yung original marriage certificate pag aapply ng passport ni baby? Thank you! Very helpful post sakin ngayon to. As in!

    1. Hi Anna. If I remember correctly, no, binalik samin. But I can’t guarantee this kasi di ko narin masyadong maalala hehe 🙂

  24. Hi! Jusf finished applying for baby and mine’s passort (mine’s po is for surname change due to marriage) at dfa sout alabang. They allow me na sumabay kay baby. Kinausap ko lng yung nasa information. Yesterday nagtanong ako sa guard sa 3rd level of gaizano mall, sabi nya hindi daw pwede maki ride kay baby but kinausap ko sa information kanina sa taas at yun nga pumapayag naman daw sila. Maybe it depends din sa age ng baby kasi panay tanong sila ng age ni baby habang nag uusap kami. 4 months old po sya. Just sharing po. Anyway, original birth certificate (psa) yung kay baby and copy ng marriage certificate. Pinaattach na rin po passport copy namin ni hubby. Then yung sakin original marriage certificate and copy of old passport ko. Then, bilis lng po process, wala pa 30mins.

    1. Thanks for sharing!:) It’s sad that it seems they don’t have a standard, but glad you were accommodated, too!

    2. Hi,I would like to change my maiden to married name. I have MC but NSO cert. siya since we got it since last year pa. Do you think they will still accept my MC? Also I am pregnant, walkin application can do right? Thanks a lot.

  25. Hello
    Im married already but have my passport using my maiden name. If im going to travel abroad do i still need to get cfo certificate?? Is using my maiden name on my passport will affect me getting visa even do i didnt change all of my documents yet?? Thank you

  26. Hi i neED to get pasSPORT for my soN and you said that my pasSPORt is oNe of the requirement to get my soN’s pasSPOrt. IS it okay that my pasSPORT is still undEr my maidEn name? And lastly if i would go to travel the immigratioN officer cAn allow to travel with my family .thanks aot

  27. Hi po!

    I recently got married in Jul this year with my Irish fiance. My passport is about to expire this December and I’m thinking of renewing it. Do i really NEED to change my civil status from single to married? Is there any legal repercussion if I don’t? Also, I looked at DFA’s site and it says I need a CFO cert for merely changing my civil status, is that true? Ang alam ko kasi pag nag change lang ng name to my foreign husband’s name required ang CFO. Please help. I badly need your advice. Thanks

  28. Hi po,ask lang po ako tatangapin po ba yung form na ang nalagay ko is single but im already married na,may appointment na ako pero naguguluhan ako kasi single ang nalagay ko..magpapa change status po sana ako…tamo po ba na single ang nalagay ko??

  29. hi, i just want to ask. we are both filipino and we got married in the Philippines last May 2017. i just want to confirm if we really need a red ribbon marriage certificate to present upon renewing our passport here in Dubai? or the PSA copy is ok?

  30. Hi! I want to change my passport from single-married. Ask ko Lang if tatanggapin ba ng dfa yong ids ko kahit maiden name ko pa ang nakalagay dun?

  31. Hi..Mam before I’m using my married name…then I finally coverted to Muslim name..if I will change my name in my passport.. there’s anything problem??

  32. Hi Paula! I just got our MC too from PSA and will renew my passport only next year. Not sure if this is a silly question but did you have to change your signature at all alongside the update to married name? Thanks.

  33. Hi .ask ko lang po my passport valid until 2019 but i need to change status . Ano po ang gagawin ko .? Magfill up ng appointment for renewal and then ilalagay ko na po ba dun ung married name and status married na po o yung single status pren and maiden name ang ilalagay ko .

  34. Hi Paula & everyone on this site..Good day! Just want to ask, anyone has idea in applying Japan Tourist Visa. I’m also married but on my passport I’m still using my maiden name. I have an existing working visa in PNG. We’re planning to take a vacation on December to Japan before going to Pinas. Just got our MC this month. Maybe, next month we’re going to lodge our application for Japan visa. Do I need to declare that I’m married on my application or as if I’m still single with my passport. Btw, travelling with my hubby. If I’m going to declare on myJapan Visa application that I’m married it won’t affect my existing working visa..?
    Kindly advise, thanks.

  35. Hi. I love your blog its very helpful. I just have few concerns. Do i need to get a CFO for changing my status? And if yes, how? Is it okay to use IDs with my maiden name? To fill up the form, should i use my maiden infos or the married? Hope u can help. Thanks.

  36. Hi. magchange ako ng civil status from single to married.Kailangan ko pa ba kumuha ng cfo certificate kahit sa japan ako kinasal?
    Thank you

  37. We are having trouble arranging an appointment in cebu for CFO, we do all the online information correctly, try to submit and another page says error wont go through, tries 8 times same thing, rang them 10 times , dont seem to want to help us, emailed them , no reply , email Manila DFA, CFO , same thing dont reply, Getting frustrated, can I just leave my maiden name on passport when I renew Next month, Fed up with system here, Thinking of writing to Dueterte. can you help, have other people had problems with Cebu?

  38. Hi! Ask ko lang po, I just got married this August 05 and gave birth this September 21. I already have the certified true copy from LCR of my marriage contract and my little one’s birth certificate, what’s next? Dadalhin sa PSA so we can have it duly authenticate right? Pero sang PSA po dadalhin? Tsaka what else do I need to bring so I can have it authenticate? Gano ktgal procedure and how much po? Gusto ko na po kase iupdate passport ko and pagawan ng passport little one ko. Thank you and God bless!

  39. I was married in the Philippines , but no I never used my husband last name , still using my maiden name on my passport and never change my status. I need to renew again can I still used my maiden name but put Married under Status ? If I put married do I need to put my husband name ? Or just keep put Single status ? I want to keep my maiden name but married status . I’m afraid if I put my husband name they might change my Passport with my husband last name 🙁 please advise . Thanks

    1. I want to know the answer for this, too. Same situation

      “I was married in the Philippines , but no I never used my husband last name , still using my maiden name on my passport and never change my status. I need to renew again can I still used my maiden name but put Married under Status ? If I put married do I need to put my husband name ? Or just keep put Single status ? I want to keep my maiden name but married status . I’m afraid if I put my husband name they might change my Passport with my husband last name please advise . Thanks”

  40. Hello Ma’am, I have only some clarifications about my passport, i wanted to change my single name to married name with my foreign husband since i will have to attend CFO seminar in manila at first. My passport will expired on 2019, but i want to change it as much as possible before expiration or maybe it is possible to get a new passport or only i will renew it? Now I’m using my new signature with my new ID’s. Hoping to hear from you immediately.
    Thank you so much.

  41. hi, i just wanna ask if birth certificate is part of the requirements or not when changing name? thank you

  42. hi sis, ask ko lng if yung pamangkin ko po mag use ng priority lane for pwd pede din ba makisabay?? iaalowed ba nila yun for change name din due to marriage?? thanks 🙂

  43. Hi. I went to SM Megamall to change my passport name (single to married).

    One of the requirements is “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)”. We were married outside the Philippines… so I told the Lady Officer that I have a foreign husband but we were not married here, she still insisted that i need to provide that requirement. ;(

    Any advise for that?

  44. Hi…I will be travelling in Malaysia this coming October 29, 2017 and it is my first time to travel abroad soI would like to be assured that everything is okay especially my travel documents.

    My surname in my passport is SAREÑO but my plane tickets from bcd-naia-klia(Malaysia) and vice versa are is SARENO. This is my Maiden name. Will I encounter problems because of special character?

    I will be requesting my Certificate of Employment to be presented in the Immigration Counter in NAIA, will I be requesting it following my maiden name or my married name? By the way, I do have now my new company ID in my married name and my old ID is still with me. Which one should I present? Or is it easier to present all my documents in my maiden name?

    Do you have any idea if how much money do I need to prepare as show money? is there such a thing for Malaysia?


  45. Hello.. do I need to set an appointment if I will just change my status into married and change my family name?

  46. Hi! I got married last May 2017. I don’t have valid IDs yet under my husband’s name because the process to change them will take some time so i’m still waiting. We’re going on a trip this December so I wanted to change my passport name to my married name. Can I use my IDS under maiden name and just show the copy of our marriage certificate? Also, in filling out the appointment, can I use my married details already. I would really appreciate anyone’s help on this. Looking forward to your replies.

  47. Hi. This is really helpful,thanks,by the way,2 more questions,1, do i have to use my married name already once i set an appointment for changing my passport to married name?or still,my maiden name first? 2, can i use my id with my maiden name not my married name as my requirement? Because i am worrying 🙁 i do not have my id yet with my married name. Pls response. And thanks in advance

  48. Alam ko required pa rin talaga yung sa CFO guidance and counseling kahit na you were married abroad as long na foreigner yung partner mo

  49. hello po , can i ask kung pwede ba makasabay sa baby ko kukuha ng passport kahit wala kaming passport mag asawa? really need answer pls

  50. hi
    i am in the US right now
    came here with philippine passport with visa to expire in 2023
    now, i got married and have my Permanent Residency Card
    i wish to change my passport last name (from my ex filipino husband) to m present last name (american husband)
    my question is: where can i apply to change my passport name.. I know i cannot yet apply for a US passport as i am only a PR not a citizen.
    or can you give me a site or link if i can possibly apply online/
    thank you

  51. Hi,

    I got married last year and my passport is expiring on July 2018. We are planning to have a short vacation on Feb-March. I would need to renew my passport and would like to change my surname to married name. Since I don’t have yet my updated Valid IDs, can i just use my Philhealth and company ID with my married name in renewing my passport?

  52. Hi mam @lynn a. Tordil.. Just want to ask f uv already applied for your passport renewal? And f yes, f they accept your ids with your maiden name on it.. Thanks

  53. hi i just want to ask what are the requirements of renewing my passport? because i will soon get married, my fiance is a foreign national and i need to change my surname to get a visa for me to be able to be with him in his country.. my passport now will expire on feb08 and my appointment is feb26 nxt year.. thanks in advance for the help..

  54. Ask ko lang ho,valid pa ho ang passport ko,pero ang apelyido kung gamit nong single pa ako,now po married na ako sa husband kung foreigner,petition nya ako sa apelyido ko na sa asawa ko.pwede ko ba gamitin passprt ko nong single pa ako?

  55. Hi i just want to ask po nag pa appointment po ako ng single tapos ngaun po mag chachange na po ako ng status from single to married po e aaccept po ba kaya ng dfa ung online application appointment ko? Or need to re appointment po at e state sa online appointment na married? Thanks in advance!

  56. Hi,i recently got married last july 2017 and my passport will expire on august 2018 do i need to submit/ present my ID’s already with my Married name?Thank you

    1. I have been married to a japanese in 2005 and got separated that same year. I have used his surname for my passport and I have not renewed it for the past 25years because I dont want to use his surname again. In this note, If my husband divorce me in Japan and the divorce result is with me and already authenticated and red ribbon here. is there a way it will be recognized here in Philippines and should I get a single passport again? thank you.

      1. I would think, that if you are already legally separated, this is possible. Kindly call DFA to double check this matter.

  57. Hi! This post is super helpful! Thanks for sharing these information. By the way, can I change my name in my other Philippines issued ID and documents – SSS, Philhealth, Pagibig, Bank details even without my passport name being changed to my husband’s surname? I live in Singapore and all of my documents and IDs are still under my maiden name.

  58. Hi Can I dont have ID’s with the surname of my husband? Do I still need to bring ID with with the surname of my husband even I have the marriage contract. Or NBI will do?

  59. I will have to try this FTM here and my passport is already expired and I have to change my surname ❤️ I’ll have to update you and my friends about this! But just in case I will also set an appointment date in case di pumayag. Thank you for your blog!

  60. In my DFA NCR South (Alabang Town Center), I scheduled my appointment mid-afternoon since there is a long wait during opening in the morning. Hindi pa bukas yung mall going to DFA office on the upper floor so you will wait sa supermarket area kasi yun pa lang ang bukas which I see when I would do the groceries.

    My actual sched is 3pm but I was there 2pm pa lang and asked to take a sit at thr waiting area in front of DFA office. Wala pang 5 mins pinaline up na yung batch namin sa entrance. I was done renewing my passport even before 3pm. The pickup of the actual passport booklet was even much faster — 10 mins nakuha ko na

  61. Hi. Do I need to present a Valid ID withmy new surname? I don’t have any other IDs that has my husband’s surname yet. We are about to fly to taiwan but my ticket is already under my Husband’s surname.

  62. Hi! My husband and I got married last year, December 16 to be exact. Do you have any idea when are we going to have our Marriage Certificate from NSO/PSA? I’m set to have mt passport renewal on February 5 this year, do you think the MC will make it on time for the passport renewal? If not, I could just maintain my maiden name on my new passport, right?

  63. hello po tanung ko lang kung pwde ba ako mag pa renew ng passport kahit ang expiration ay sa 2020 currently living germany at mag vacation po ako ng pinas this coming feb.pede po yun di ba pag mag renew ng passport bubutasan nila yung old itong pa din gagamitin ko for going back here in germany valid pa din ba din ba pag ganun sa immigration kahit may butas ung passport ko.?may experience ba ganito need info pls! thanks

  64. Hello!
    I got a valid visa under my married I need to change my passport i to my name too?
    Or can I used my old passport?

  65. I have a valid visa under my married name.
    Do I need to change my passport to my married name too so that I can travel?kindly response

  66. I just got marriend 2 months ago po kasi so di pa daw pwede makakuha ng marriage certificate.which is one of the requirements for the passport change status.
    Need po ba ichange yung passport into my married name since my visa is under my married name?
    Or pwede na po ba ako magtravel kahit maiden name yung sa passport at married name yung sa visa ko?
    Kindly help please

  67. Hi, what if we booked a flight with my maiden name then because of appointment schedule.. pero ngayon that i learned na pwede pala makisabay sa appointment ni baby? Would that be okay upon overseas travel? Thanks..

  68. ask ko lang po kasi kakakasal ko lang po so ang mga valid i.ds ko palang po ay ung dalaga pako. magpapa passport na po kasi ako as married ang question ko po kung acceptable parin po ung i.ds ko kahit un po ung dalaga pako. thankyou

  69. Hi, I would like to ask, if I’m going to change my surename in Passport for my foreign husband, Do they give me a new passport number? Or they will still remain my old passport number?

  70. I have my passport and it will end on 2021. I will change my maiden name to my foreign husband surename. Do I get a new passport number when I change it? Or my old passport number will still remain? Please help me about this

  71. Hi, I recently got married last April 2017. Gusto ko na kasi gamiten yung married name sa pag-apply ng renewal ng passsport ko since updated na yung mga govt id’s ko as married. The problem is for late registration yung Marriage contract namin (for endorsement palang sa PSA/Nso as per LCR). Merun nako Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR. Is this sufficient? As per LCR kasi matatagalan pa ako makakakuha ng NSO ng marriage contract maybe 6-8months daw, since delayed registration yung samin.

  72. Hi! Where to obtain Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance? I’m residing in Dubai, UAE. Thanks

  73. hi, my married is already annuld, i got a copy of m.c with anotation mrks nuld and void from nso. how can i change my status as single again? and what if i marry again how can i use my husband surename in my passport. as of now i use my 1st married surename in my passport. i wanted to use my maiden name asap.. please help. what are the requirments for this case? thank u

  74. Ask ko lang po ok lang po ba Marriage of contract lang available requirements ko for my change status sa passport? Wala papo kasi akong id na married ako nka single papo lahat.
    Thankyou po sa sagot

  75. Hi good morning! I got married in UAE last march 2014.Then i change my maiden name to married name. My passport will expire next year september Is it possible to change from married name to maiden name but my status is married? Please reply me back. Thank you

  76. Hi Paula,
    I already set my appointment of renewal and the surname I put there was still my maiden name but I intended to change my surname together with the renewal. Will they allow it?

  77. Hi! Can I use my maiden name as a new passport applicant? I was married to a foreign national last 2015 and was separated with my husband a year after. It is almost impossible to Get a CFO certificate, if I will be using his Surname, so can I apply under my surname? will they be asking for a CFO still?

  78. hello every1!! I got Married to a foreigner since 2012 pero now lng ako mgcha-change name s passport.. any advice po admin.. im here at Sri Lanka.

    thanks in advance guys..

  79. I’m planning po to get my 5 yo son a passport, and i also need to change my marital status.. Same procedure po kaya sa inyo yung gagawin ko? No need for appointment and i can ride with my son din? Do i have to fill up po muna online ung form then print it or pwede po sa dfa na gawin yun? Thank u

  80. asking for a friend she/s married to a foreign guy… she got a passport(green) before, using her husband surname as married of course..she got seperated but not can she apply a new ph passport using her maiden name?

  81. Hello Paula.

    I hope you’re still checking this post and answering the questions of the readers. I have read this article before getting married in February this year. So, here’s the thing :).

    I got my renewed passport on January 20, 2018, got married on Feb. 21, and applied for a residency application on March 1. I was advised to change the status in my passport and carry the surname of my husband because I used his name in my application already (yes, it’s a mistake I can no longer undo. I should’ve placed my maiden name on the form and wait before my passport expires in 2022). Do you think I’ll be able to renew my passport (again) after getting a new one just two months ago?

    I hope you can give me some advice. I’m afraid to ask and receive bad news from the authority itself :). I’ll look forward to your response, Paula.

    1. Yes, you can always renew even if your passport is new — you just need to pay again in full, and that part sucks. :/

  82. Hi Paula, re: with question no. 3 Is it sure? the visa ( with maiden name) is still valid even if you have already a renewed passport (with married name) ? thank you

    1. In all the countries we’ve visited, I never encountered problems. I have passed the US immigration three times as of writing (using my new passport with my hubby’s last name but visa still maiden) and I was never asked about it. To be sure though, bring a copy of your marriage certificate.

      This is the general practice of many countries, however, since I do not have time to double check each and every country, I do ask diligence in my readers’ part by calling the Embassy of the country/countries they are visiting to double check the rules. 🙂

  83. Hello po this is Jessica ,, gusto ko lng po malaman gusto kopo kasi ereniew yung passport ko and to change to My maried name is this posible na ang requirements ko na mabibigay is Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) lng po ka kasal lng kasi namin and bcoz My passport is already excipired In this month , and I need also to apply for My 7 months old Baby so all I have for this time is from the local civil register lng ,, sabi po kasi ng iba IT take for 3 to 6 months before Ro have a PSA cerrificate from My merriage ? Gusto kopo kasi maisabay ang passport ko to My Baby becaouse we need also ASAP ,, Thank you for reading and answer

  84. Hello po! required po ba yung CFO cert para sa mga babaeng bagong kasal na first time pa lang magagamit ang surname sa passport? last nov.2017 lang kasi kami kinasal.

    planning to go to dfa aseana pa naman bukas tapos eto nga bigla ko to nabasa. iniisip ko kasi baka mabalewala lang pagpunta ko sa dfa pag wala ako dalang CFO cert. thank you in advance!

  85. Very helpful, thank you! Re: valid IDs to bring, can I present those under my maiden name? This is going to be my first married ID, if ever.

  86. Hi I am from Riyadh Saudi the same steps pa rin kaya dito yan sa Riyadh DFA embassy ang procedures na shinare mo?

  87. Hi! When you filled out the passport application form, did you put your husband’s surname as your last name already?

  88. What, are the requirements of lost passport and to change also my status… My passport lost 2015,and I get married 2017, my passport expiration is 2020… Somebody help me what are the requirement should I bring to dfa …

  89. Hi,
    Question lang po, may Passport Appointment Schedule na po at nakapag fill up na din po ako ng form, kaso ang nailagay ko dun yung lastname ko sa pagka dalaga, gusto ko po sana palitan .paano ko po mapalitan ??

  90. Hi! Thank you for this its really helpful I just want to clarify and ask to you. I just received my NEW passport now from lbc and I am about to get marry on june and we plan to go in brazil since my future husband is a brazilian. Did you think I will encounter some problems for not changing my last name into his name? Because its super new and I want to use it until will expire. I hope you can answer me. Thank you!

    1. It depends on the country, best to check with their Embassy for rules. Normally, that doesn’t pose a problem, but to be sure, please call the Brazilian embassy for this matter.

  91. Hi, I have a valid US visa in my maiden name but I just renewed my passport recently, and is now in my married name. I have declared I am married in my visa application form and written my husband’s name there as well. We are planning on visiting the US again this July and would really like to know if presenting a DFA authenticated marriage certificate would suffice. You have mentioned in your article item #3 that this will do, but just wanted to know if you have experienced it yourself. Many thanks in advance! Cheers!

  92. hi would like to ask about my concerned i lost my passport in thailand so i used traveling documents go back home i want to used my family name when i am single would that be okay if i wl get new documents using my family name myold passport is married the reason why i dont like to used this old passport its because my hsbnd have anoher woman almost 8 years please giveme advice

  93. hi paula! i am for passport renewal, can i show my birth certicate instead of ID? mine is expired and need my passport asap since i am flying back to US. please advise. thank you! 🙂

  94. Same question here I ask in DFA Davao if do I still need to attend cfo to change my status and he said need because they remove cfo already since the validity of passport is 10 years but still I need to sure about it.

  95. Paano pag mali ang spelling ng maiden name ng mother ko sa marriage contract nmin mag asawa kukuhanan ko kasi ng ng passport ang anak ko eh Tatanggapin ba yun ng dfa?

  96. Hi! I’m planning to get a passport for my 1 year old baby, since kailangan ng copy ng passports ng parents, is it okay if I’m still using a passport under my maiden name? Hindi pa ako makakuha ng slot for renewal of passport (change of name due to marriage) appointment. Thanks in advanc for the help.

  97. Hi! when you renewed your passport to your married name – what name did you write in the application form? (maiden name same as what is written in your last passport or married name that you want to appear in your new passport)

  98. Hello there very informative and helpful blog.
    My friend renewing her passport with foreign husband.
    Thus a cfo sticker enough for passport renewal for last-name change she don’t have the CFO CERTIFICATE.
    She already attend cfo seminar before.
    Thank you.

  99. Hello po.. tanung ko lang kung anu po ang requirements.. kasi lahat ng valid id’s ko is single.. married na po ako ngayon. Pano po ba ako makakakuha ng passport? Pede ko ba gamitin yung valid id ko na sa pagkadalaga pa ang gamit?

  100. I saw your blog about changing the name in the ticket. I actually made a mistake in putting my mother’s maiden name in her ticket going to Korea. As per checking, her passport appeared to be her married name since she had already renewed it. Now, I want to change my mother’s name according to her passport. Which email add of Cebu pacific entertain your request? Thanks a lot.

  101. Hello,I am living outside Philippines, I want to change my passport,I want to change my last name to my husband’s name,and I already have my papers, my question is I want to change my signature too,are there any processes to take,should I need any papers?pls help me,thank you

    1. If for the passport purposes, I didn’t need to do anything special for the signature change. But better to ask the Embassy nearest you.

  102. Hello,

    Paano po kaya ang gagawin if dati yong passport ng kaibigan ay dinagdagan ang edad nya. ang May 5, 1970 na true birth date ay ginawang May5, 1961. Ayon nakapag saudi sya. Nangyari yan nong 1997 at samakatuwid expire na ang passport nya na green at nasa probinsya na sya. Kahapon nag usap kami gusto nya mag renew ng passport nya, at nalaman ko ang descrepancy ng date of birth nya from 1961, at ngayon gagamit sya ng tunay na birth certificate na 1970. Ang tanong ko po hindi ba sya magkaka problema? Ano po ba ang maganda, magrenew sya, o mag apply nalang ng new passport using her true birth certificate? I need your reply asap. Maraming salamat po…………………….

  103. Hi , im married with foreign man , we are married but still im using my surname when i was single, i wanted to change my surname to surname of my husband , need help here, thank u

  104. Hi Paula i got marriage 2 months ago my wife she want to get a passport with using my family name if is possibility and what is the requirements?

    1. The blogpost is about this specific topic. However, since you got married in Romania, best to call DFA if there are additional legal paper you might need to bring.

  105. I called technical concern about my wrong email aapoinment schedule of epasport.they said already check my appointment scheduleaugust 2 2018 at 11-12.. and they gave me this number to call6519430 and local 2127 to confirmation and to resend the schedule….i try to call but its wrong number….then I call again they gave me this number5560000…but the line is always bc….how do I know my confirmation aaponment scheduled if it is already confirm…pls reply asap thanks..

  106. kakarenew lang po ng passport ko. released last july 13. Pwede kaya ako magrenew ulit to married status at married surname?kasi ikakasal kami next week ni bf. Gaano po kaya katagal process? need po kasi sa saudi kailangan parehas surname sa passport.

    1. Yes you can renew. Process depends on which you choose – you can choose the expedited processing if you really need it right away.

  107. Hi,im mary grace adalid and im just what to know if i can change my lastname to married name im just married july, 27,2018 and my passport im just renew this year to what can i do to how to change mylastname to married name plz thanks

  108. Is it possible any branch of DFA If I wang an appointment for changing my status to single to married?

  109. Nakapag bayad na po ako epayment sa 7 11 ng 1thousand pesos para sa passport ko.kaso po yung mga documents ko na marraige contract ay di pa po available sa PSA pero 2 years na po ako kasal..papa change status ko po sana kaso paano po yun e wala po marraige contracg namin ng asawa ko..marerefund ko ba ang pera na binayad ko? Or pwede ko po bang i renew na single? Para po hindi masayang ang lakad at binayad ko?

  110. Is it different the counselling we attended before our marriage? Where to get that (CFO) Guidance and Counselling aAttendance?

  111. I am scheduled to renew my expired passport this week. I already changed my surname since I married my husband 2011. Will I still need to bring NSO copy of my marriage certificate or not anymore?

  112. Maam ung old passportko my correction ang maiden name and i plan to renew it kc expired na and mag change status ako to married.. Do i need to bring birth certificate although nka correct na xa sa marriage contract ko.

  113. Hi,for the valid id,do I need to have the updated id with my married name or is the old id showing my maiden name okay?

  114. I am already married but I want to change my husband’s name to my father’s surname.what are the documents do I need to submit?

  115. Hello! I just got married and i now have my PSA MC already. Question is, If i’m going to renew my passport with my new surname, can i just show them my PSA MC as supporting document or they are going to take it(original) from me?i’m Just curious ‘coz i only have one copy of itand I really need it for another transaction on the same day of my appointment in DFA. Thank you for your reply.

  116. Hello, i just got married this Sept.2018 in the Philippines and I’m currently working here Singapore,i need to renew my passport because it will expire soon(Aug 2019) problem is I am also a PR of Canada and in my PR card is my maiden name.If i am going to renew my passport is it okay to change my passport to my married name as early as this month (kahit kakakasal lang)?or is it okay to just use my maiden name for renewal and i’ll just change my status?para walang problema pag bumalik ako ng Canada by January 2019.And do you have any idea how long could i get our marriage license from PSA?pls enlighten me admin.Thank u very much!

    1. You can renew your passport anytime after marriage, kahit bago palang as long as your requirements are ready and complete. PSA depends – from experience, dapat tutukan mo para makuha ng mas mabilis.

  117. My CFO Certificate still maiden name,Now I am already merried,and I want to change status of my passport as a merriage, Do I need to change my status of my CFO certificate? Before to change my status of my passport? I need your help, thank you

  118. Good morning,,,tanong ko lng po.. can i change my status from marrid to single if i renew my passport on 2020… thanks

  119. Hello, recently, I lost my still valid passport (that is under my maiden name), now i want to have it replaced but I want to use married name na. Upon filling up the form, should i use my married name into it na ba?

    1. If I remember correctly, I already put my new surname while filling the form, but I filled it while in DFA already. I’m not sure how to do it if online. Best to call DFA for clarification. 🙂

  120. I’m currently pregnant and looking to change my passport to my married name. Upon checking the DFA website, it states that I can renew my passport via courtesy lane. However, I want to know whether what specific form should I fill out and if there’s anything that we can download so I can get it prepared before going to the site.

    1. Hi. The requirements have already been discussed on the blog. For specific questions, kindly contact DFA. Thank you!

    1. Hi. I’m not sure I know what you’re talking about. Kindly consult with the Philippine Embassy if you’re renewing outside the Philippines.

  121. Ask ko lang gusto ko uli gamitin apelyedo ko nung single pa ako sa passportko,married ako sa korean pero 10years na wala kmi po help naman po tnx….

  122. i have an expiring passport and plan to change my status but my annulment case is still on going but i have already got the decision for the judge granting my request for an annulment. can i change my status of my passpport already

    1. You need to clear this matter with your lawyer, but I think, as long as you are not legally separated, you cannot change your status back to single, or change your last name.

  123. Hello po.. mgexpired n kc ung passport ko s 2019 Pero magchange status sna ako.. ano po ung mga requirements.. tnx po

  124. hi .. paano po kapag walang valid id na gamit mo ang apelyidong ng husband mo kc lahat po ng id ko nung dalaga pa ako ang eh may isa nga kaso philhealth naman sya namroblema kasi ako pag kuha ko ng passport need kht 1 valid id’s pwedi po ba police clearance or nbi or voters cert pra kc wala papo tlga ako na valid id na gamit apelyido ng asawa ko. pa sgot po sana pls .. need lang po

    1. Hi. Do you mean to change to your married name? You need to bring your proof of marriage (marriage certificate).

      As for the list of accepted valid IDs, you can refer to this one (from DFA website):
      For Authentication Application and Certificate Verification
      Government Issued IDs:

      SSS ID
      GSIS E-Card
      PRC ID
      IBP ID
      OWWA ID
      Senior Citizen’s ID
      Voter’s ID
      Digitized Postal ID

      Other acceptable IDs:

      School (Elementary, High School, College) ID
      Alumni ID
      Employment ID

  125. Hi! When filling up the passport application form online, should I use my new last name (husband’s last name) or still fill with my maiden name? Thank you! 🙂

    1. Good question. I am not actually sure as I rode with my infant’s courtesy lane, so I did not fill up an online application. Anyone here who can speak from experience?:)

  126. Hi bloggers i just spotted your site,
    I am a widow planning to get married wit foreigner, but i have 2 names
    1. My previous marriage certificate is Myrna D Papasin i followed my bastismal and all my school records,

    Since i was married to my late husband joven R Quimada, i became Myrna P. Quimada, in 2001 i came to abroad and i cant carry my Name as Myrna Quimada
    I have to carry my name on my birthcert
    Aleja, so now my passport is Aleja P Quimada
    Which is im carrying now as stetated to my passport and hongkong visa
    Last month my boyfriend and i applying marriage here in hongkong but they rejected due my error
    My question are?
    If i get married in philippines with my foreigner boyfriend
    Do i need to amend my surname to my new hubby surname?
    For Canada Visa Purpose
    Please advised me
    Best regards

    1. Hi. Sorry to hear about your husband. I think it’s best to consult a lawyer regarding this matter. I would think you’d need to include a death certificate as well to prove that you are a widow, because this is of course a legal document. Wishing you the best!

  127. Hi, I’m applying for US Tourist Visa, do I need to change my passport name to my husband surname? Because in my passport I am using my maiden name. Thank you God bless.

    1. Do you mean to change your name for your US Visa application? Your application must match any valid ID you have. If your passport is still in your maiden name, your application must indicate your maiden name.

      The US, from my experience, does not require you to have a visa with the same surname as your husband. You just need to bring proof of your marriage (aka marriage certificate). However, to be sure, call the US Embassy because they might have changed rules.

      If you don’t want to worry about losing your marriage certificate or that you might get into trouble, I suggest just change your passport first before applying for a US visa. Hope this helps!

  128. Hello po ask ko Lang po Kung puréed po ba dito as Singapore Ma process Yung change maiden name to married name during renewal of my passport in Phil.embassy Singapore.?para po Hindi na Ako uuwi sa Phil’s..?

  129. Hi do you know if i can change my surename and renew my passport at the same time its been 4 years expired and got married now i need to renew and change my status.. hope you will respond.. thank you so much

  130. Hello! I have my SSS UMID under my married name now so I guess I need to change my passport to my married name. Thank you for writing this article!

  131. hi,gusto ko po sanang gamitin last name ng husband ko pag magrerenew ako ng passport..ask ko lang po if kelangan pa ng valid ids bearing may husband’s last name if magrenew ng passport?

  132. My husband’s Birth Certificate has a “Jr” but his passport and Marriage Certificate doesn’t have a “Jr”… Is there a problem with it??

  133. Hi, I renewed my passport earlier than the expiration date, last July 26, 2019 to change status and name:
    1. Set appointment and settle payments online
    2. Fill-out application form with married name
    3. Bring PSA Marriage Certificate 1 original and 1 copy
    4. Photocopy of current data page of passport
    4. Bring valid ID either with MAIDEN NAME or MARRIED NAME, both are acceptable

    Hope this helps 🙂

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