How to Add Pages to a Passport

Do you need to add pages to a passport? Did you recently dust off your passport in preparation for an upcoming trip abroad and realize you’re running out of pages? If you have less than two to four visa pages remaining in your passport book, you’ll need to add new pages before you travel. Go here if you want us to do it for you.

Applying for the new pages is pretty simple, but it will take just as long to receive the additional pages as it does to get a new passport. That means if you choose routine processing, you can expect to get your new passport pages in about four to six weeks. If you choose the government expedited processing it will take about two to three weeks.

However, it can take longer based on the application volume. According to the U.S. government, application volume is highest from January to July each year. Here’s what you need to know to add pages to a passport:

Adding Pages to Your Passport Book

To have new pages added to your passport, send the following information to the address on Form DS-4085:

  • Completed Form DS-4085: Application for Additional Visa Pages
  • Your current, valid passport
  • Applicable fees

Frequent Travelers

If you travel frequently and need to apply for a new passport book, mail the information listed below to the address on form DS-82:

  • Completed Form DS-82. Be sure to sign and date the first page.
  • A signed, written request for additional visa pages
  • Your passport
  • Passport photo

If you are not eligible to apply by mail, you cannot use form DS-82. Instead, you must apply in person using form DS-11.

Get Your Passport Pages Quickly

If you’re traveling in less than two weeks and need to add pages to a passport quickly, you can apply in person at a regional passport agency. There are 24 of these agencies across the U.S., and you can usually get your passport the same day when you apply at one.

But, that’s not guaranteed. Applications at passport agencies are taken by appointment only, so be sure to call in advance to make an appointment. With only 24 agencies in the country, traveling to one is not possible for most people.

But there is another way to get new pages added to your passport quickly. When you work with a professional passport expediting service like Easy Passport Service you can add pages to a passport in as little as 24 hours if your travel plans are imminent.

Professional expediters are registered with the U.S. Department of State to hand carry passport applications to the U.S. Passport Agency, so you don’t have to. When you contract with an expediting service to apply for a passport on your behalf, simply send them your written request for additional passport pages, the applicable fees and any other required documentation, and they will take care of the rest. When your passport is ready, they will overnight it to you or you can pick it up at their office. The choice is yours.

It is important to note that if you are not eligible to apply by mail, you must appear before a passport acceptance agent to have your identity verified before you can send your application to the expediting service to add pages to a passport. After the agent verifies your identity, he/she will put your application and all of the supporting documentation in a sealed envelope that you must provide to the expediting service.

The expediter will handle the rest of the process. If this applies to you, remember to take into account the extra time that is necessary to appear before an acceptance agent and factor this into your timeline for getting additional passport pages.

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