If you’ve changed your name, you’ll need to update your signature on your passport. This process may seem daunting, but it’s quite simple if you follow these eight steps.
Step 1: Gather Necessary Documentation
Before you begin the process of changing your signature on your passport, make sure you have the following items:
- Your current passport
- A new passport photo that shows your updated signature (use a black fine-point marker to sign a plain white sheet of paper and have it scanned at a high resolution)
- Form DS-82 (U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals)
- A $110 fee (plus any additional fees for expedited processing)
Step 2: Complete the Form DS-82
The DS-82 form is the U.S. passport renewal application for eligible individuals. You can fill out the form online, or print it out and complete it by hand. Make sure that you fill out every section accurately, checking your spelling and dates of birth for accuracy.
Step 3: Include Your New Passport Photo
Attach your new passport photo to your completed DS-82 form. Make sure the photo is signed and meets passport photo requirements.
Step 4: Submit Your Current Passport
Send your current passport along with your completed DS-82 form and new passport photo. Make sure that you place them in a secure, trackable envelope.
Step 5: Pay the Fees
Pay the $110 fee (plus any additional fees for expedited processing). You can pay the fee by check or money order; if you’re renewing online, you can use a credit card.
Step 6: Wait for your passport application to be processed
Once you’ve submitted your application and payment, wait for your new passport to be processed by the U.S. Department of State. You can check the status of your application online.
Step 7: Receive Your New Passport
When your new passport arrives, check it carefully to ensure that all of the information is correct, including your updated signature.
Step 8: Notify any agencies of your updated passport information
After you receive your new passport, make sure to notify any agencies (such as airlines or government agencies) of your updated passport information. This will ensure that your travel plans go smoothly.
- Changing your signature on your passport is a relatively easy process that involves completing Form DS-82, taking a new passport photo, and paying a fee.
- You can fill out your DS-82 form online or by hand. Make sure that you fill it out accurately and include your new passport photo.
- You will need to submit your current passport, along with your DS-82 form and new passport photo, and pay the fee.
- Once your application has been processed, you will receive your new passport in the mail.
- Always make sure to notify any relevant agencies of your updated passport information.
Can I change my signature without renewing my passport?
No, changing your signature requires renewing your passport. You’ll need to submit your current passport and complete Form DS-82, along with a new passport photo that shows your updated signature.
How long does it take to process my passport application?
The processing time for a renewal application is generally around 4-8 weeks. If you need your passport sooner than that, you can pay for expedited processing.
How do I know if my new passport has been processed?
You can check the status of your application online. You’ll receive an email notification once your new passport has been issued and is ready to be mailed to you.