my mother just got her passport but she has her maiden name on this? is this correctable? they told her she must use it. her and my father have been married about 36 years and she goes by her married name so..... i am curious as to why this is and if it can be changed. is this the case for all italian women? she doesn't really care but the I am super curious since its a huge cultural difference... even in the 21st century
In Italy, women use their maiden name for life. They do not take their husband's name in marriage as is the custom in the US. The children take the name of the father. There are other name rules such that a child cannot have the same name as his father.
There is a box that you can check on the passport application to put the married name on the passport but it goes on a secondary page (I don't remember the exact location). This is helpful so you can match it to your itinerary and plane tickets. Once a passport has been issued I don't know if they will add the name or if you will need to have a new one issued. Check with the consulate.
When I came to Italy my passport was still in the surname of my deceased husband. Not a problem. When I renewed the passport in the surname of my Italian husband the town clerk went beserk, insisting that I couldn't do that. Well, even in Italy you can use any name you like and I do use my husband's surname even though they don't like it. I did not take Italian citizenship since I have British citizenship anyway.
I double checked my moms passport and her application. there is no box to check off but there is a place to write the name of your spouse. I filled it out for her and put my fathers full name with middle name and everything but there is nothing with the name on the passport. If my mother has travel plans should she use her imaiden name or married name on her itinerary ?
If your mother is an American citizen with a US passport and will be departing the USA for Italy, she must buy her plane ticket and have her itinerary set up using her American passport and whichever name is on that passport. When she gets to Italy or anywhere else in the European Union, she should enter with her Italian passport.