How to Get a Second Passport?

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Are you looking to obtain a second passport? Current regulations reflect a long-standing policy by the Department of State that no one should have more than one valid U.S. passport at any given time unless specifically authorized by the United States Department of State. Applying for a dublicate passport is simple once you follow our step by step guide for a second passport.

A second valid passport should only be considered an exception to the regulations, and should only be approved on an individual basis.  Usually, the second passport is limited to only two years, and cannot be extended.

To apply for a second valid U.S. passport the applicant will need to submit the following documents.

 Requirements for Second U.S. Passport

  • If the person in question is about to visit a specific country and the required visa will likely be denied due to stamps or other markings that are present in their current passport.
  • Your travel visa has been delayed or some other lengthy governmental process is taking place and a passport is required for immediate travel.
  • A second passport may also be issued in situations where you are in the middle of a trip and will be unable to complete your travels unless a second passport is obtained. If a change in your itinerary beyond your control has taken place and you can’t continue without a new passport, a second one may be issued.

Required Documents

  • Complete  DS-11 Application Form for New Passport  or  DS-82 Application Form for Passport Renewal
  • Submit a written statement with your signature stating the reason(s) you need to obtain a second passport.
  • Your current valid Passport
  • Signed Letter of Authorization – This is only required if you are using a third party expediting company.
  • Two Identical Passport Photos (Not older than (3) months)
  • Passport Fees

Important: You are only required to complete one application form under usual circumstances. If your passport is expiring within the year, you need to complete application form DS-82 for Passport Renewal.

Step 1: Fill out Application Form

When applying for a second passport, there are a few important steps that you’ll need to take. To start, you will need to fill out and submit the appropriate application form. The required form will change depending on the specific situation that you find yourself in. Generally speaking, you will either use form DS-11 for a new passport or DS-82 for passport renewal.

Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents

You will also need a written statement explaining in detail exactly why you need a second passport. Along with your completed application forms and your written statement, you will need to submit proof of citizenship and identity.

You will need to submit a recent passport photo that is less than 90 days old for your second passport. Just as with your original passport photo, this will need to be a front view of your face and will need to represent the way that you currently look at the time of travel. Finally, you will need to pay the appropriate passport fees with your completed forms and other remaining documents.

Step 3: Package & Send Documents

Once you have completed step 1 and 2 you will need to package your documents and send them to the passport agency for processing. It is recommended that you package your documents in a Tyvek envelope for mailing to the passport agency.

Expedited Second Passport Services

The standard processing time for a second passport can be several weeks depending on the time of year when applying. If you need to obtain a second passport as quickly as possible, consider the use of an expedited passport courier service in your area. After compiling all of the necessary documents and paying an additional fee, these services can have your second passport in your hand in 24 to 48 hours.