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Amending your passport

Find out what you need to do to amend your name on your passport after getting married, entering into a civil partnership or changing your name by deed poll.

It is important that the name on your passport is your legal name. So, if your name changes - either by deed poll, through marriage or a civil partnership - you need to get your passport changed.

Below you will find out what extra documents you need to send with your application if you have changed your name or are about to change it.

Name change due to Marriage / Civil partnership  

There is no legal requirement to take your partner's name, but if you choose to do so, you must use that name for all official purposes.      

  • Application form
  • Original Marriage Certificate / Civil partnership certificate
  • 2 x passport photographs – Ideally obtain from a professional photographer
  • Current passport
  • A countersignature – If you can be easily recognised from your previous passport then it is possible you will not need a countersignature

If you are travelling soon after getting married

If you are travelling abroad soon after getting married, it is suggested you consider booking you​r trip in your current name and wait until you return to apply for your new passport. If you have booked your trip in your new name already, please contact us for guidance.

The Isle of Man Passport Office cannot issue a post-dated passport in your future name. If this is something you require, you may be able to apply for that service from the HM Passport Office in the UK. You should contact them directly.

Name change through Deed Poll

If you have changed your name by Deed Poll, you should provide the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Original Deed Poll
  • 2 x passport photographs – Ideally obtain from a professional photographer
  • Current Passport
  • A countersignature – If you can be easily recognised from your previous passport then it is possible you will not need a countersignature

Reverting back to Maiden Name / Birth Name

If you have a passport in your married name but are reverting back to your maiden name, you should supply the following information:

  • Application form
  • Original Birth Certificate / Decree Absolute
  • Signed statement within the passport form Section 8 –‘ I revert back to my maiden name for all purposes’
  • 2 x passport photographs – Ideally obtain from a professional photographer
  • Current Passport
  • A countersignature – If you can be easily recognised from your previous passport then it is possible you will not need a countersignature

Name change and Visas

Unexpired visas in your old passport may become invalid if you change your name. You should contact the embassy or consulate that issued the visa as they will be able to provide further advice.


The list of foreign embassies established in the UK is available from the FCO.

What should I do if my name has changed and does not match my birth, naturalisation or registration certificate?

If the name on your birth, naturalisation or registration certificate is not the name that you currently use for all purposes, you will need to provide additional documents. These will be the official documents that show your change of name, for example adoption or marriage certificates, or Deed Polls.

You must send original documents, not copies or laminated originals.

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