Changing your name

Depending on when your passport was issued, there are two different applications to choose from.

If your Passport was issued LESS than a year ago- Complete, print, and sign the DS-5504 Online Application
If your passport was issued MORE than a year ago- Complete, print, and sign the DS-82 Online Application


In addition to one of the applications include

  1. One passport photo with no glasses
  2. Letter of authorization (Don’t forget to read the red PDF instructions)
  3. Passport
  4. Order form
  5. Original or certified copy of a legal document verifying your new name
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
  6. Flight itinerary if it needs to be rushed

The Passport Agency requires your applications be created online, and printed one-sided. There should be 2 bar-codes. One located on the top left-hand corner and another on the bottom right-hand corner. The 2-D bar-codes need to show on white paper, sharp and clear.

The Letter of Authorization must be handwritten by the applicant only. The pen used must be in black or blue ink and not interchanged. All fields must be completed including Courier Company Name- be sure to write “Visa Network.”

Forms must be 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, wrinkle free and clean. They also can’t be printed on thermal paper, dye-sublimation paper, glossy paper, or dot matrix paper.

Passport Agency fee


Check the “Apply” tab to see which form you need. Below is the cost for both forms

Form DS-5504 60
Form DS-82 170


Enclose a fee of $170 for the passport book or $200 for both a book and passport card in the form of a personal check or money order. Make checks payable to “U.S. Department of State.” The applicant’s full name and date of birth must be printed on the front of the check. There is a fee of $15 if the applicant fails to provide a check and Visa Network provides one instead.

Visa Network fee

10-15 business days 50
6-8 business days 90
3-5 business days 110
24/48 hours 150
Same-Day 250

Call Visa Network (415) 693-0330 for 24/Same-Day service

Above fee does not include shipping, bank or extra handling charges that might incur during the process. We won’t charge extra without letting you know. Please include a credit card on the Visa Network order form. Alternatively, you can pay in person or by check/money order.

Visit us or mail documents to

Attn: Passport Desk

Visa Network

870 Market St. STE 888

San Francisco, CA


Visa Network
870 Market St. STE #888
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 693-0330
Fax: (415) 693-0220

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