After two years of being married to my Dutch husband (and after receiving our Report of Marriage documents), I finally decided to change my surname to his. It wasn’t really a top-priority to change my last name, but I did it anyway thinking it would be a lot easier to apply for my son’s passport and stay permit if both his parents share the same last name. My passport is going to expire in 2020, so I was only planning to apply for amendment, but the embassy allowed me to renew and get the latest passport with a 10-year validity.
There is no Philippine consulate in Suriname, but fortunately (for four years now) the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia had been conducting yearly passport renewals here. If you want to be updated with the embassy’s outreach program in Suriname, you can join the FB page Tropang Suriname.
- No appointment is needed for renewal or other services.
- It’s a first-come, first-served basis.
- Passports expiring the following year can already be renewed.
- Wear collared shirt.
- NO earrings or contact lenses during picture taking.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIED WOMAN WHO IS USING HUSBAND’S FAMILY NAME FOR THE FIRST TIME:
- Duly accomplished application form, typed or printed legibly in blue or black ink.
- Latest passport and photocopy of its data page.
- Original and photocopy of Report of Marriage duly registered at the Philippine Embassy (because I got married abroad). You can read about how I filed for Report of Marriage abroad here. If you got married in the Philippines, bring the original and a photocopy of your PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract.
- 60 USD renewal fee.
I filled up the form using my husband’s surname, signed it with my new signature, had my picture and biometrics taken then paid the fee. That’s it.
Updates regarding the new passports were posted on the Tropang Suriname page including payments for the shipping and where to claim them. My passport arrived after 2 months and I only paid an additional 10 USD for the shipping fee. I didn’t expect that I could easily change my last name without the hassle of submitting hundreds of unnecessary requirements.
For other inquiries, you can always message the embassy’s FB page here.
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