Can you change the name on an airline ticket at Delta?

The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) rules require that the name on your boarding pass must exactly match the name on your government-issued ID. If your name does not appear correctly on your ticket, you may be denied flight access. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your name appears correctly on your ticket—without any typos, misspellings, or mistakes. 

Delta Airlines Name Correction

To ensure that the passenger who purchased the ticket is travelling (and not someone else), Delta Airlines requires a valid first, middle, and last name—initials are not allowed. Delta does not permit a complete change of name but allows the correction of a misspelling in the name, usually limited to 3-characters, free of charge.

Delta Name Change Due to Marriage

Can you tell me about Delta Airlines’ last-name change, etc?

If you need to make a name change after marriage or divorce, you will need to submit valid legal documentation (marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.) with Delta Airlines. Your ticket will most likely be reissued and subject to the applicable name change fee. 

Delta Name Change Fee 

Will it cost me money to change the passenger name on Delta?

You have up to 24 hours to correct any error free of charge on any U.S. airline, whether you’re changing a single letter or the entire name, i.e., by cancelling your ticket for free and rebooking a new ticket with the correct name. 

If 24 hours have passed since you purchased your ticket, the above waiver will not apply—you will be charged USD 200 as name change fee to make the name change/name correction. 

How can I change a name typo on my Delta Airlines ticket?

If you find that the name on your ticket appears incorrectly, you must immediately call 1-866-399-0587/the Delta office in your city/country, or the travel agent you booked your ticket from. Remember, you may need to wait for a few minutes during peak hours. If you discover the mistake at the airport, go straight to Delta’s ticket desk with your valid legal ID. 

Tip. Don’t worry if your middle name or initial has been left out: your first and last names need to be correct, that’s what most airlines look at. 

Delta Airlines SkyMiles Name Change Policy

You can change/update your name on your SkyMiles account, as well as your date of birth or gender, as long as you have supporting legal documentation. To request the change online, log in to your SkyMiles account, complete the Identity Verification Form, and attach a copy of the required documentation—such as your marriage certificate, court order, divorce decree, etc.—with the online form. 

If you’re making changes to your middle name—such as adding a middle name, changing your full middle name into an initial, or changing your middle initial to a full name—you’re not required to submit any documentation. Just log in to your SkyMiles account and make the required changes.

Frequently Asked Questions on Delta Airlines Name Change

Delta Airlines allows name changes that involve the correction of misspellings and typos in a name. Name corrections involving minor errors of up to 3 characters are usually free of charge, but name changes involving more characters, or a change of name due to marriage, divorce, adoption, etc. may incur a name change fee of USD 200. 

Delta Airlines’ name change policy does not allow a complete change of name, such as one that might lead to a change of passenger.

Delta allows name corrections due to misspellings and typos on a ticket. Minor errors (usually up to 3 characters) can be corrected by contacting Delta Airlines or the source of purchase, generally free of charge. Name corrections or changes due to marriage or divorce may be on a chargeable basis—and require you to submit valid legal documentation (marriage certificate or court papers) to prove you’re the same person, as recommended on the D.O.T.’s Fly-Rights page.

You can make update your name on your SkyMiles account online, provided you have supporting documentation. Simply log in to your SkyMiles account, fill out the Identity Verification Form, and attach a copy of your supporting documentation with the form. If you’re modifying, updating, or changing your middle name, you don’t need to submit any supporting documentation. Just log in to your account and make the changes.

In all other cases, you must contact your nearest Delta office for assistance.

Minor name corrections on tickets are free on Delta. For major name corrections involving a ticket being reissued, the name change fee is typically USD 200.

Delta Airlines allows name corrections and name changes as long as the passenger remains the same and can provide valid legal documentation to support the name change, such as a government-issued photo ID, marriage or divorce certificate, etc.

You will most likely be allowed to board your Delta flight without any issues even if you forgot to put your middle name when booking your ticket, as long as you’re carrying a government-issued photo ID.