Divorced/ Dissolution of Civil Partnership/ Widowed Applicants Reverting to Birth or Formal Legal Name

If your former name is restored after a divorce, dissolution of civil partnership or the death of your spouse you may have your passport issued with that surname provided you submit:

  • the original divorce decree/ dissolution of civil partnership certificate explicitly declaring the resumption of a former name; or
  • death certificate and identification in a former or birth name.

If the divorce decree does not explicitly declare the resumption of a former name, in addition to the original divorce decree, you must provide:

  • documentation showing the origin of a former surname (such as birth certificate) if your marriage/ civil partnership was dissolved in Panama; or
  • documentation showing the change of name to a former surname (such as court order or properly executed deed) if your marriage/ civil partnership was dissolved in the country other than Panama

If you meet these requirements and your U.S. passport was issued more than twelve months ago, please follow the instructions here.  If your U.S. passport was issued within the last twelve months, please click here.