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I'm a UK Citizen, I have previously visited the US under the name of, let's say, Joe Smith. I am changing my name to, let's say, Joe Barnes.

My passport will be in the new name of Barnes.

Do I have to acquire a new ESTA? And what happens when I visit the US? Will those machines that print off the slip show my old name or new name? And will this lead to more questioning on entry?

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    You need a new ESTA whenever you get a new passport, regardless of the name. – phoog Jan 7 '18 at 16:07
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You need a new ESTA:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1073/~/apply-or-change-information-in-the-electronic-system-for-travel-authorization

If you obtain a new passport or change your name, gender or country of citizenship, you will be required to apply for a new travel authorization. This is also required if one of your answers to any of the VWP eligibility questions changes. The associated fee of $14 will be charged for each new application.

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    Your ESTA must match your travel docs. It is that simple. – Johns-305 Jan 7 '18 at 16:11
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When getting a new passport, a new ESTA is required, whether you changed your name or not.

The kiosk receipt will contain your current passport data.

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