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Traveling Under Maiden Name Vs. Married Name

After a fabulously exhausting evening of teary vows, dancing the night away, and tight-hugged goodbyes you're off to a relaxing romantic escapade as an official Mrs.

It's not a given that you'll change your last name to match your husband's, but if you're considering it then take care when making your honeymoon and other travel reservations. Find out how to treat traveling as a newly married woman when you

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You may be ecstatic about changing your last name and anxious to do so, but traveling is already stressful so make it easier by booking under your maiden name. Several travel websites summed up the reasoning simply: the name on your tickets and reservations should match the name in your passport. So, if the name in your passport at the time of travel will be your maiden name you should book the trip under your maiden name.

Most airlines will let you travel domestically with your driver's license in a maiden name along with a marriage certificate, but double check with the airline before you book under your married name that doesn't match your license. Traveling internationally is always more complicated and more security scrutiny is to be expected. Don't assume a passport in your maiden name along with a marriage license will be accepted for a flight booked under your married name. Simply play it safe by traveling under your maiden name until your documents reflect your new married name.

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SomethingWicked SomethingWicked 7 years
Great Idea..I was wondering if I use my new or old name...but I guess I will have to wait to show off my new name for later.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
This is great! My honeymoon is actually going to be 3 months AFTER our wedding and we are only traveling within the U.S. so should I book the plane ticket under my married name since 3 months is probably enough time to have my driver's license changed?
graylen graylen 7 years
I never would have thought about that! thanks!
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