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Old May 19th, 2005, 01:32 PM
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We are going on our first 4 night cruise to Mexico with the Monarch of the Seas with RCI. While booking the cruise I read the boarding requirements/travel docs needed and it stated that a passport is recommended but drivers license will suffice.

My question is this...I was married 3 years ago and never changed the name on my passport. I do have a certified copy of my marriage license with my passport so I can proof it's really me. I also have a valid drivers license with my current legal name.

Will I have trouble boarding or passing through customs?
Thanks for info.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 01:57 PM
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your passport has been and will always be your best form of identification. Do you have time before you sail to get your passport changed? If not the marriage certificate- probably not necessary, but bring it along just in case. The immigration requirements are changing as of 2006.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 02:35 PM
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Your passport and an official copy (with raised seal) of your marriage license will suffice. I've been married 8 years and my passport still has my maiden name. It is perfectly fine as long as I have a copy of my marriage license to provide documentation of the different last name.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 04:08 PM
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It depends on when you are cruising. The passport requirements for "Mexico only" cruises go into effect on December 31, 2006. You will need a valid passport after that date. That means with your current name.

Until then you can use your old passport with your official marriage license to show the name change.

I would make things easier all the way around and get the passport changed and if your husband doesn't have one; also get one for him.

Here are the dates for the passport requirement changes.

* December 31, 2005 - Passport required for all air and sea travel to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America.

* December 31, 2006 - Passport required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada.

* December 31, 2007 - Passport required for all air, sea and land border crossings.

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Old May 19th, 2005, 04:39 PM
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Thanks for all the responses. I cruise in 2 1/2 weeks so there's no time to change passport. It was kind of a last minute decision to go. I will definitely change my passport when I come back though. My hubby has a valid one as he flies to Greece all the time, so no issues there.
Thanks again
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