Name change after marriage for Dubai issued passport

#1 Nov 19th, 2009, 21:15
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Hi all,

I want to know what are the rules for change of name after marriage. My passport was issued in Dubai. my husband made an enquiry regarding it and he says I have to apply for a new passport because my passport was issued in Dubai and if i dont change my name in the passport i cannot apply for my kids passport. My passport is valid till 2018 and i thought i would change the name after the expiry. I thought there wont be much of a problem as my sister who stays in Dubai is still using the same name even after her marriage and she even has a baby who already has a passport whereas my baby cant apply for a passport till i don't change my name. Why is it so? I want to travel to Dubai in December with my kids.
What should I do?

kindly tell me the rules for change of name after marriage.
#2 Nov 19th, 2009, 22:38
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You would need to change your name in your passport if the birth certificates for your kids have your new names in them.

One of the documents required while applying for a minor's passport is the copy of parent's passport. If the names on the birth certificates match that on the passport, there would be lesser hazzles in the issue of passports fo your kids. See the link below for a complete list (that would also include the "Change in name" process)

http://passport.gov.in/cpv/checklist.htm

Technically, you are not applying for a "new" passport. A fresh passport would be "re-issued" to you. (Even though one fills the same form (Form No. 1) in both cases).

It is always better to have important documents updated as we never know when it might create a hurdle. The sooner we update it, the lesser questions would be asked. But thats just my opinion.
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#3 Nov 19th, 2009, 23:29
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I did not change my surname & have had no problems with renewing Indian passports abroad, getting US passports & PIO for my kids, and foreign (US) passport & later OCI for me.

The key is as sakamath pointed out -- my name was consistently the same on everything including the kids' birth certificate (they have their father's surname w/ my surname as their middle names).

OP - if you plan to keep your surname, and have never used your husband's, you shouldn't need to update your indian passport. Perhaps that's what your sister did?

If however, you have used your husband's name e.g. on their birth certificate, then it does sound like you will have to get name changed on your current passport. I don't think it's a big deal at least not in the Indian consulates in the U.S. And it doesn't change anything else re current passport - same number, expiry date etc. There is a small fee though.
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Originally Posted by namaste_cat View Post ...same number, expiry date etc...
I doubt they would simply endorse the new information in the current passport. Its more likely that the OP would get a new passport.
#5 Nov 21st, 2009, 04:09
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are the rules different for NRI's?

Thanks for your replies sakamath and namaste_cat. Perhaps the rules are different for NRI's. May be this is the reason y my sisters baby already has a passport (without name change) and my kids can't hav a passport till i dont change my name.
Thanx 4 ur suggestion sakamath for changing the name. As the saying goes "a stitch in time saves nine" I think i better do dat or else it might cause me trouble in future.
Do let me know if you come across rules for NRI's.
#6 Nov 23rd, 2009, 22:06
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Originally Posted by mrskhan View Post Do let me know if you come across rules for NRI's.
There are no different rules for NRI's. The rules are applicable to all citizens irrespective of their status. Some people choose to push things off for a future date whereas others are more prompt.

There are countless examples where people fail to renew their passports in time or do not bother to notify of (so called) minor mistakes on the passports (I was one of them). Only to realise that at a future date something or the other comes up and we have to get these things sorted out.
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Originally Posted by sakamath View Post I doubt they would simply endorse the new information in the current passport. Its more likely that the OP would get a new passport.
Hm, that wasn't the case for my Indian boss. In her case, she was changing back to her maiden name after a divorce, and they kept all her details the same just made the change for a small fee.

While the rules are supposed to be the same for NRIs, enforcement is a little less by the book at least in my experience with consulates in the U.S.

For example, when I renewed my passport the first time, I forgot to tell them I had gotten married, and didn't give them my husband's name. 10 yrs later, when I had to get a new passport w/ new photo etc. I wrote in his name. They were totally cool about it. Didn't ask me why I had not mentioned it 10 yrs prior to that. My cousin in India did the exact same thing, and got no end of lecturing and hassle about it in Mumbai.
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Originally Posted by namaste_cat View Post ...did the exact same thing, and got no end of lecturing and hassle about it in Mumbai.
Yes, I fully agree with you on this. There is a noticeable difference in service within India and abroad. The main reason being of course the workload which is very high in India and relatively less outside. The work attitude and to an extent the opportunity for "under the table" offers, back home, make the officials look at each application negatively.

Unfortunately, since the OP has to apply for the passport for her kids, she would have to get these rectified while in India. Otherwise it would have been a lot simpler/faster to get the same thing done in Dubai.
#9 Nov 26th, 2009, 01:30
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well everthing in india has to have problems. Nothing can be done easily.

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