So last week my passport came back (eeek!). My shiny new passport in my new name. The Fiance signed for it.
And roughly 24 hours later my old snipped passport got shoved through the letter box in a brown envelope. Hmm. That makes it sound like it got castrated.
They give you your old one back, you see, automatically, which is nice because I wanted to keep my stamps.
The new passport is post-dated for our wedding date, because I applied for a new passport for change of name with enclosed PD2 form. This is really quite straightforward.
Firstly, you download a PD2 form from direct.gov (scroll down the linked page). There is also a PD1 to help you fill it in, but here are the main points:
1. Fill it in using your existing name.
2. You need to select the passport office you will be dealing with. This depends on your location. To find this out, call the IPS Passport Adviceline on 0300 2220000 (8-8 weekdays, 9-5.30 weekends and bank holidays) OR go into your local check and send post office branch and request a passport application form (which you will need anyway): this form comes with a brown envelope with the address of the correct passport office on it. It will not necessarily be your closest one! I live in Birmingham and had to deal with Durham.
3. Post (or take in) the PD2 form with your part completed to the registry office who are doing your wedding. You will need to include a stamped SAE and cover letter requesting they fill in the PD2 and post it back to you, who you are and when/where your ceremony is, and which passport office you are dealing with (because if, for whatever reason, they are unable to marry you, they are obliged to contact the passport office independently).
Whilst your PD2 is in the post and processing, get yourself 2 passport photos. You can do this in a booth or take one yourself according to the regulations and have it made into printable versions using an online tool (I used this one) and printed at a local print shop. This cost us all of 38p. You don’t need them countersigned on the back (unless your appearance has also drastically altered).
To get a passport application form, request one online or locate your nearest Check and Send post office here, where you can go in to collect one. It comes with a booklet explaining how to fill it in.
When filling in this form, you need to:
1. Use your new, married name and sign with this name.
2. Enclose your completed PD2. You do not need to mention that a PD2 is enclosed anywhere on the form.
3. Include your two identical passport photos.
4. Enclose a cheque/form with bank details for payment of the fee – £77.50 for an ordinary (not rush) service. This is supposed to take up to 6 weeks. My passport came back to me in 2.
For a name change for a wedding, there is very little to fill in, and it is very straightforward. I still made the Fiance check mine… There’s always a bit of paranoia about whether you’ve done it all right? Is your photo okay? Did you fill the form in correctly? Well, you can get round this by using the Check and Send service at the post office for £8.17. Alternatively, you can be cheeky and send it by special delivery yourself for a fiver, and just ask the clerk at the till whether they think your photos are okay
You need to make sure that if you’re getting a post dated passport to use on the honeymoon you book everything for the honeymoon in your new married name – otherwise it won’t be valid! Plane tickets actually have to be cancelled and rebooked, which means you may not even be able to sit together.
You passport will be dated from your wedding date with an additional 9 months time for 9 months plus unused time on your previous passport.
For changing your name on other details after the marriage, I recommend getting second copy of marriage certificate, which is only £3.50 if you order it in advance of the marriage to receive on the day, but is more expensive if ordered later. This means when you have to send off your original marriage certificate with applications you are not left without it either needing it or worrying that it won’t come back.