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It took me almost a full year to get all of my forms of identification and points and miles accounts changed to my new last name after marriage. After updating my passport, Global Entry was my last stop. If you get a new passport, it’s easy to update your Global Entry account online. However, if a name change is involved, you will have to go into your nearest Global Entry Enrollment Center. Here’s how to do a name change with Global Entry.

Step 1: Update Your Passport

You can complete a name change on your passport through the mail or in person if your travel date is within two weeks. Once you have your new passport in hand, find the nearest Global Entry Enrollment Center. Most are located at airports and are only open during the week.

Step 2: Visit a Global Entry Enrollment Center

You do not need to make an appointment for a Global Entry name change. Simply show up and wait your turn. I wasn’t sure what I would need so I brought my license, marriage certificate, old and new passports, and Global Entry card. They ended up taking my license, Global Entry card, and new passport to the back. I’m not sure if other locations would want to see the marriage certificate so you might want to bring it just in case. Within 20 minutes, my name had been updated.

Step 3: Order a New Card Online

In order to get a card that reflects your new name, you will need to log into your account and report your Global Entry card as lost or stolen. After paying a $25 replacement fee, you will receive a new Global Entry card with the updated name. I have never actually needed my Global Entry card for anything so I’m not sure this is necessary, but I did it just in case.

Final Thoughts

Updating my name on my Global Entry account was relatively easy. The main obstacle was finding a time when I could visit the Global Entry Enrollment Center between 7:00am and 3:00pm on a weekday! If you plan on traveling internationally, I recommend updating your name on your Global Entry account as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did when you see the lines at passport control.

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