Passport name change badge walkthrough


April 1, 2015 by JL Walker

If you’re in Italy, make an appointment with your nearest US consulate through their website. You might have to wait a week or two before the next appointment is available. Print out the confirmation.

Read the specific instructions on what to bring and what not to bring to your appointment: no bags or backpacks, no electronic devices. Points will be deducted for each bag and each electronic device you bring with you.

What to bring, the essentials:
-cell phone (it’s the only way you’ll know if you’re on time, after all!)
-your passport
-your appointment confirmation
-your birth certificate
-your wallet

You can complete the online form for passport corrections or passport renewal and print that out too, but remember that there will be computers available at the consulate in case you made a mistake.

Passport picture
You can either bring a picture with you (Please note: a special passport size is required. The pictures available in the subway photo booths might not be the right size.) If you decide to use the Consulate photo booth, make sure you dress appropriately and apply stage makeup. Remember, this photo will follow you around for the next 10 years!

The day of your appointment
Try to get to the consulate 15 minutes before your appointment. You will need to get in the line for American citizens (usually shorter and faster than the other line!), go through the metal detectors, deposit your powered down cell phone in a locker, clip on your visitor’s badge and go up to the offices. Then take a number and wait your turn.

three passportsYour number has been called! Explain your situation to the window clerk. She will tell you that your application should be for a passport renewal and not a name correction since the discrepancy isn’t due to a printing mistake. She will at first tell you that you need to come back to the consulate at 2pm that afternoon, but then take pity on you and tell you that you can renew your passport that morning. Fill out the proper paperwork, get your passport photo taken in the photo booth (€5), then make your payment of $110 for the passport renewal. You will then need to wait for a few hours. Extra points if you are a helpful citizen and can translate the online form for a US national who only speaks Italian while you’re waiting.

Eventually your number will be called again and you can pick up your appointment slip that tells you when to pick up your new passport two weeks later.

Congratulations! You’ve passed the level and you have one more document that contains your full name! You’re one step closer to achieving dual citizenship!

For up-to-date information on getting your passport renewed at the US Consulate in Milan, see their website:

Completed: January 20, 2015


10 thoughts on “Passport name change badge walkthrough

  1. […] been thinking a lot about names recently, since I just updated my passport to include my middle name and I’m in the process of updating other forms of ID. When I was 16, I didn’t want to […]

  2. Joe Elliott says:

    You make it sound so easy. When I renewed my passport last year, I wanted to have my name’s numerical suffix included, so it would match my Washington driver’s license. (When I got my first passport in 1998, I evidently included my full middle name but not the “IV” at the end [why, I’m not sure, because I’ve always signed my name with the numerical suffix but without the full middle name].) But they rejected my application because the name I put on the form didn’t match the name on my old passport (even though it matched my birth certificate)! So I corrected my “error” and resubmitted the application, and now I have another passport that doesn’t match my driver’s license. Maybe you should share your cheat codes…

    • JL Walker says:

      🙂 Somehow I got a really nice civil servant who was willing to help me out. Did you renew your passport in person? Sometimes it helps to use your persuasive powers face to face… I guess that’s the only cheat code I have to pass along!

  3. Gail Ireland says:

    I am in the middle of a muddle! I am doing the leg-work for my son. I went to my appointment with all the required documents in hand. His full name has 2 middle names, the second one in honor of a dear friend who had no one to carry his family name. I was told he cannot have a last name for a middle name and would have to amend his birth certificate! This requires a court order for a legal name change. We really don’t want to do this. Besides, it will add weeks to the time-line. However, his name on his US passport has only 3 parts- the questioned middle name does not appear.

    Is there some way to circumvent this stumbling block? Can he get a notarized letter stating he is the same person named on both documents? Is it the law in Italy that one cannot have a surname as a middle name? HELP!

    • JL Walker says:

      Oh no! I haven’t encountered anything like this, but I was aware that all documents should report the same name exactly. I wonder if any other readers might be able to answer your question… in the meantime, I’ll let you know if I find out anything!
      I guess I would suggest changing his name on his passport, but that might also require getting other documents changed too.

  4. Gail Ireland says:

    Is there some way to look up the Italian law regarding legal names?

    • JL Walker says:

      Hi Gail, I really don’t know what the answer is here… but it seems a little like bs to me. How could anyone in Italy know that a name is a first name and not a family name or vice versa, especially in a foreign language? Is there any way you can find another official and not mention the fact that the middle name is a family name? That’s the only solution I can think of, without being a legal expert.
      That being said, my husband has told me the story many times about how his family wanted to name him after his father (as in Junior) but they were not allowed to do so because of Italian law… so I suppose anything is possible!

    • As I did some double-checking, his birth certificate shows his first name hyphenated (and in the box for first name) his middle name as middle name and surname in the correct place. I think the best thing to do will be to “correct” the name on his US passport and then insist that his legal name is on his birth certificate. Stay tuned!

  5. […] If you’re communicating the new name on your passport (which includes your full middle name), you will need to have a sworn translation your birth […]

  6. […] Prerequisites Sworn translation of birth certificate and name change on passport. […]

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Date to submit applicationSeptember 10th, 2015
Time to submit my application for dual citizenship!
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