I'm preparing a Form DS-11 passport application for my infant daughter, who never has been issued a prior U.S. passport.
I'm considering applying for both a passport book and a passport card for her, but I saw the note in Section F (page 3) of the DS-11 instructions under "Difference Between U.S. Passport Book and Card" that reads:
The maximum number of letters provided for your given name (first and middle) on the card is 24 characters. If both your given names are more than 24 characters, you must shorten one of your given names you list on item #1 of Application Page 1.
My daughter's full given name is 25 characters—one first name of nine letters, followed by two middle names of nine and 5 letters, respectively (9 (first) + 9 (middle) + 5 (middle) + 2 (spaces) = 25)—so this appears to be unable to fit on the passport card.
I have a few questions about what to do about this:
- Does this length limit also apply to the passport book? (The instructions don't say anything about name length for the book, but I want to confirm.)
- Are there preferred or suggested methods for shortening given names in this scenario? (Since this is an identity document, I want to try to avoid unnecessary confusion or complications down the road.) Possible options I can think of are:
- omitting one middle name (First Middle Last)
- using an initial for one middle name (First Middle M Last)
- omitting the space between two names (First MiddleMiddle Last, since my daughter's name is literally one character too long)
- Is it possible for a person to be issued a passport book and a passport card with different forms of their given name? (For example, could my daughter be issued a passport card with her second middle name omitted for length (i.e., First Middle Last) and separately be issued a passport book with both middle names retained (i.e., First Middle Middle Last)?)
- If so, would this require two separate Forms DS-11 to be completed and two separate execution fees to be paid?
I tried emailing the National Passport Information Center as noted at the beginning of the form's instructions, but I got an immediate form reply that specifically said it "is the only reply [I] will receive to [my] email."