Address change spouse passport (Re-issue)

#1 Dec 13th, 2012, 19:09
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Hi,
I got married a week back and needed to update my wife's passport in order to change her permanent and present address to that listed on my passport. From the website passportindia.gov.in, on checking the list of required documents, I can see that the marriage certificate and a copy of my passport should be sufficient to change her address. However, when I asked at the helplines and the passport office, they were vague about it, the passport office enquiry staff said "probably" it will do and the helpline people told me that my spouse's name should be endorsed on my passport in order to be valid for address proof which seems a bit odd since I can get the endorsement on my passport using the marriage certificate itself. Please advise if anyone has any experience in this matter.

Additionally, since she was working and residing at an address for the past 3 years than her previous permanent address listed on her address, I will be mentioning it under "Previous Residence". We will be applying for Tatkal passport. Will this mean that police verification will be carried out at the previous residence and delay the re-issual of the passport ?
#2 Dec 13th, 2012, 19:43
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What is the purpose of the Address change ? How long till your and your wife's passport are valid ? Do you have a Marriage certificate?

If it is to use the passport as proof of address, there are better documents because a passport is valid for 10 years till when the address may have changed.

If there is a lot of time till either of your's passports are expiring, i do not see any point in changing passports now. Change of Address and addition of spouse name are not mandatory things as far as a passport is concerned. A currently valid address proof and a marriage certificate are better for those.

If your passports are close to expiry, then it makes sense to get the address changed as well as getting the spouse name added together.

If you STILL want to change the address in your wifes passport, you will have to provide address proofs for your current address as well as of the place she was staying before marriage (i.e address proofs of all places where resided in the last year). You will also need a marriage certificate to get the spouse name as well added.
#3 Dec 14th, 2012, 14:38
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What is the object of this exercise ? Is there an immediate and urgent trip outside the country planned ? Just carry a notarized marriage certificate, till the time when proof of residence might be a key requirement.
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Just repeating what the previous posters said....
what is the need to do the spouse name inclusion and address change in a hurry?
You are not likely to need any of those in the very near future.

The only occasion where someone was interested in the spouse name included in my pass post was when we went to get the passport for my baby son. Other than that it has not been of use till now.
#5 Dec 17th, 2012, 15:39
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Both me and my wife have valid passports which is going to expire in another 5 years. The prime reason why we wanted to go for the change in address and addition of spouse name in the passport is that we are going to get a new passport re-issued for her since she is going to be changing her surname (adding my surname to her existing name) out of her own conscious choice. After this is done, she will be applying for a spouse VISA and since I am on a pretty short leave myself, I was a bit paranoid about the timing issues. We felt that getting the documentation changes now in one go is better than getting it done later on and running into problems(largely speculation here). I have also got her bank accounts in Delhi to change their address to mine though the accounts have not been migrated to the Kolkata branches. The new passbooks issued have the Kolkata address in them. I hope that will do as an address proof right ? I am not sure why my passport without spouse name in it and a copy of the marriage certificate will not do (not sure if *not* is actually correct or is a whim of the officials in the office here).
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Is your spouse employed?

While adding your surname to hers is a matter of personal choice, there are many reasons why this is not a necessarily easy/good thing as far as Visa's, employment, finance etc are concerned. No country really requires the spouse name of spouse in the passport, they only require and recognise a Marriage certificate. Indian Govt advices this, it does not make it mandatory.

Because you still have 5 years on the passports, it may be better to go as is with a Marriage certificate. Please remember, any addition/modification requires issue of a new passport with the same expiry date as the previous. This can take longer if there is an address change involved, especially to another city/RPO area.
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The practical advice I would give is
1. apply for spouse visa based on old passport and marriage certificate
2. Be socially known by whaterver name she wishes
3. update/change the details when in time to reissue the passport(after 5 yrs)

Otherwise you will be taking up a big panga(headache) right at the start of your married life
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Originally Posted by bonii View Post B After this is done, she will be applying for a spouse VISA and since I am on a pretty short leave myself, I was a bit paranoid about the timing issues.
Spouse visa to where ? Which country requires all these changes just to issue a dependent visa
#9 Dec 18th, 2012, 11:01
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The country doesnt require it.
The lady wants to change her name

Thats why I suggested to change her name socially and keep the mundane passport/visa change issues for a future date.

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