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    Brick wall Changing Wife's Thai passport to her married name for UK Passport

    My wife has a Thai passport in her maiden name and on naturalization she applied for and got a UK passport in her married name in June 2009. When she applied to renew her UK passport she sent off both her Thai and current UK passport, due to expire on 13 June 2019. The Passport Office kept her UK passport and returned her Thai passport saying that they were unable to issue a passport until the names in both passports matched.

    So, according to the Passport Office, even if this means returning to Thailand to change her Thai passport to her married, then she must go. Sure she can go to Thailand on her Thai passport, but how does she get back? I'm sure she would be refused entry to the UK if she only has a Thai passport, and the Passport Office in the UK has her shortly to expire UK passport.

    Any helpful advice anyone?

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    You can get it changed at the Thai Embassy in the UK.

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    Having checked on the London Thai Embassy website in the section on applying for Thai passports I found the following, and I quote,

    "Please note:
    The Royal Thai Embassy, London will issue a passport containing the first name and surname of the applicant in accordance with the personal data in House Registration Document only.

    If the applicant has changed or wishes to change his/her surname after marriage or divorce, the applicant is required to bring evidence of marriage or divorce in order to apply for an amendment of his/her personal data at the District Registration Office in Thailand prior to applying for a new Electronic Passport in London."

    Are you sure my wife can change her ID and Thai passport to her married name in London?

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    We haven’t had to do it yet. Take a look here:

    https://thailand-uk.com/forums/showt...e-and-passport

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    Just confused!!! If she has a UK passport, did you need to send the Thai one as well?

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    The uk passport office ask dual nationals to send in any other passports,whether expired or not,alongside their Uk passport.If all are in the same name you will have no problem in renewing the Uk passport.
    Home office policy changed in 2016 so that all duals had to have matching names(never had a scooby do and it certainly wasn,t advertised).
    My wife is hopefully coming to the end of this total debacle.Just waiting for her new Thai passport to arrive so she can send this off and finally get her new Uk passport.
    The journey so far has meant a visit to a local solicitor, getting documents legalised (at £30 a pop)by the home office and 2 visits to the Thai embassy in London and the road show in Edinburgh.
    My wife gave POA to a relative in Thailand to change her passport name,Thai ID and house registration.
    The Thai embassy also charged for them to legalise both the Thai documents and the Uk home office documents at £10 per document(x7).
    The Thai Embassy also need to see the original new house registration document so there has been a lot of post tooing and froing between the relative(niece)and my wife.Thankfully nothing has got lost...yet.
    Good luck Paul...at least you've been warned.
    If you need any further help/advice just ask.
    I would suggest that it would be a lot easier to do in Thailand but my wife was also worried about reentry.
    Btw, my wife also was naturalised and got her Uk passport in 2009.

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    I think everyone who has dual nationality should be made aware that if they send off their UK passport for renewal they have to send their other passport too. If the names don't match the UK passport office keep the UK passport and send back the other passport for you to change the name. Better all round to get your other passport changed while your UK passport is still current to make sure you can get back into the UK!

    I have told the Passport Office that they should flag up that both names have to match before you submit your application for renewal.

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    Hi Galahad,
    Thanks for your offer of help. Did you get my private message to you?

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    Hi mate,yeah just read it .
    Bit different from our situation but I,ll ask the wife and message you later.
    I know the Thai embassy have a Facebook / messenger page so might be wise for your wife to get in touch.I know they let my wife know what was needed etc,
    regards

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