Should I wait to change my name?
July 26, 2007 8:30 AM Subscribe
Is my passport enough ID for travel? Is having my name changed on my drivers license & credit/debit cards before a trip a bad idea?
posted by catfood to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm going on vacation to the at the end of August, and I want to make sure I have no problems getting to where I am going with my ID. I will be flying to Florida from Massachusetts and then taking a cruise to various islands in the Caribbean.
I got married in October of last year and have been very lazy about changing my name on my personal documents. The only thing that has my new name so far is my social security card. My drivers' license, debit card, credit card, passport, etc all have my maiden name.
Because of this, I booked both the cruise & flight with my maiden name because I know that you need to provide ID.
However, I have just moved to a new state and would like to get my new drivers' license and update all my bank info once and for all. I suppose I could wait until I get back in September but (1) I am supposed to have my license changed within 60 days of moving to this state, so I've got about 2 weeks left (2) I'm sick of all of the confusion my old name on my ID & financial stuff has been causing.
Do you think there will be any problems if I travel with my passport being the only document that matches the name on my tickets? I could bring my marriage license as backup proof of my name change.