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How to handle expiring GE, updated citizenship, and mistake in name

Old Apr 21, 22, 11:18 am
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How to handle expiring GE, updated citizenship, and mistake in name

Hi all - coming here with a fairly complex situation and am hoping for some advice on how to either renew GE or apply for a new program. DHS/CBP has not been helpful at all with advising on what we should do. Here's some context:
  • My wife, Canadian born, had a green card with which she applied for and had GE under her maiden name (let's say Jane Doe). That initial GE membership is expiring in a few weeks
  • We got married and our marriage certificate shows her intended name after marriage by taking my last name (let's say Jane Doe Smith), however no paperwork has yet been filed for the name change since we were waiting for citizenship to be granted before going through that whole process
  • She is now a US citizen as of 2021, however her naturalization certificate was issued with an incorrect name (let's say Jane John Smith, with the "John" representing her father's name for some reason, even though the application clearly says the intended name should have been "Jane Doe Smith")
  • We have already filed to get the naturalization certificate corrected, however that process is at least 12-18 months until resolution. Because of this pending issue, she does not have a US passport
  • Now her GE is expiring, but because she's no longer a green card holder and is a US citizen but doesn't have a passport, it seems she can't renew her global entry (even though she still has her valid canadian passport)
  • Her drivers license still has maiden name of Jane Doe
So that brings us to now. We were thinking perhaps just apply for PreCheck in the meantime to ensure continuity of TSA benefits (which is all that matters for us for now anyways). However, the challenge is what name do we apply for PreCheck under - the incorrect name on the naturalization certificate Jane John Smith? There's no other supporting documentation to support that name since her drivers license is still her maiden name Jane Doe and marriage certificate shows intended future name of Jane Doe Smith. My thought process was just apply with the incorrect name now and file for a name change once everything is sorted out with an updated naturalization certificate?

Anybody else have experience or advice having gone through similar issues?
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Old Apr 21, 22, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by brosnan6 View Post
So that brings us to now. We were thinking perhaps just apply for PreCheck in the meantime to ensure continuity of TSA benefits (which is all that matters for us for now anyways). However, the challenge is what name do we apply for PreCheck under - the incorrect name on the naturalization certificate Jane John Smith? There's no other supporting documentation to support that name since her drivers license is still her maiden name Jane Doe and marriage certificate shows intended future name of Jane Doe Smith. My thought process was just apply with the incorrect name now and file for a name change once everything is sorted out with an updated naturalization certificate?
Please refer to the PreCheck name matching issues thread, where some of the issues which you have raised have been discussed.
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Old Apr 28, 22, 2:21 am
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Work backwards: The name that matches the airline tickets she will buy and the ID she will use to fly is the name to apply under. Any other name and PreCheck won't work.
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Old Apr 28, 22, 2:10 pm
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Work backwards: The name that matches the airline tickets she will buy and the ID she will use to fly is the name to apply under. Any other name and PreCheck won't work.
Thank you! The issue is that her drivers license is still under her maiden name and we don't want to change that until the naturalization certificate's name is fixed (otherwise we'd have to change it again once the certificate is fixed).

I guess the problem we would face by continuing with applying for PreCheck with the incorrect name would be that her drivers license (Jane Doe) would no longer match the name on the ticket and the name on file with PreCheck (Jane John Smith). However we both have CLEAR and we would be gambling with the fact that IDs aren't checked so it may be a non-issue anyways? If ID were to be checked and ticket were booked under married name but license was maiden name, is that an issue? Or does TSA care about last name not matching if the first name and the picture on the ID at least match the person?
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Old Apr 29, 22, 12:18 pm
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Originally Posted by brosnan6 View Post
Thank you! The issue is that her drivers license is still under her maiden name and we don't want to change that until the naturalization certificate's name is fixed (otherwise we'd have to change it again once the certificate is fixed).

I guess the problem we would face by continuing with applying for PreCheck with the incorrect name would be that her drivers license (Jane Doe) would no longer match the name on the ticket and the name on file with PreCheck (Jane John Smith). However we both have CLEAR and we would be gambling with the fact that IDs aren't checked so it may be a non-issue anyways? If ID were to be checked and ticket were booked under married name but license was maiden name, is that an issue? Or does TSA care about last name not matching if the first name and the picture on the ID at least match the person?
Yes, ID and name matter very much now with PreCheck but there is a solution to the equation, it just needs to be noodled through.

1: What name does CLEAR have on file for her right now?
2: What name does her Canadian passport have, Jane Doe, or Jane Doe Smith? Is her Canadian passport current or expired?
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Old Apr 29, 22, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Ari View Post
Yes, ID and name matter very much now with PreCheck but there is a solution to the equation, it just needs to be noodled through.

1: What name does CLEAR have on file for her right now?
2: What name does her Canadian passport have, Jane Doe, or Jane Doe Smith? Is her Canadian passport current or expired?
Names on both CLEAR and Canadian passport are the exact same as maiden name, Jane Doe, and the Canadian passport is valid till 2025.
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Old Apr 29, 22, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by brosnan6 View Post
  • We got married and our marriage certificate shows her intended name after marriage by taking my last name (let's say Jane Doe Smith), however no paperwork has yet been filed for the name change since we were waiting for citizenship to be granted before going through that whole process
You list your locations as SFO and SEA. In California, per Family Code 306.5., a marriage certificate serves as proof of a legal name change. She can change the name on her driver's license simply by presenting your marriage license or certificate to the DMV:
(1) One party or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the middle or last names, or both, by which that party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage by entering the new name in the spaces provided on the marriage license application without intent to defraud.

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(4) (A) An election by a person to change their name pursuant to paragraph (1) shall serve as a record of the name change. A certified copy of a marriage certificate containing the new name, or retaining the former name, shall constitute proof that the use of the new name or retention of the former name is lawful.(B) A certified copy of a marriage certificate shall be accepted as identification establishing a true, full name for purposes of Section 12800.7 of the Vehicle Code.
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Old Apr 30, 22, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by brosnan6 View Post
Names on both CLEAR and Canadian passport are the exact same as maiden name, Jane Doe, and the Canadian passport is valid till 2025.
So it seems there are a few options:

-- do everything under Jane Doe and just wait out the naturalization certificate (this means international travel with PreCheck under the existing Canadian Passport will work);
-- change the name on the DL with the marriage certificate and go from there (Canadian Passport will not work with PreCheck-- will have to get new one or wait out US passport);
-- try to apply for NEXUS which does not require a passport (but that could get complicated because of the naturalization certificate name issue, but maybe they don't care because of biometrics).
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Old May 11, 22, 9:25 am
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So it seems there are a few options:

-- do everything under Jane Doe and just wait out the naturalization certificate (this means international travel with PreCheck under the existing Canadian Passport will work);
-- change the name on the DL with the marriage certificate and go from there (Canadian Passport will not work with PreCheck-- will have to get new one or wait out US passport);
-- try to apply for NEXUS which does not require a passport (but that could get complicated because of the naturalization certificate name issue, but maybe they don't care because of biometrics).
I like option 1 but I don't think it's possible anymore without a green card, right? Simply having a Canadian passport does not allow you to apply for PreCheck; it seems that you still need a green card
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