Change or Correct Passport: DS-5504

After waiting weeks for your passport to arrive the last thing you want to do when you receive it is send it back to the U.S. government to change or correct passport. But that’s exactly what you must do if you discover an error. In many cases, you will need to submit form DS-5504 along with your passport to have the errors corrected. Below you will find additional information about U.S. passport applications that use form DS-5504.

When to Use Form DS-5504

You are eligible to use form DS-5504 if:

  • You need to change your name in your valid U.S. passport and your passport was issued less than a year ago and you can legally document your name change
  • You want to extend your limited validity passport and your passport was issued less than one year ago
  • There is a printing error in your valid passport. Printing errors can be corrected using form DS-5504 at any time as long as your passport is still valid
  • You cannot use form DS-5504 to change or correct passport if:

  • You need to change your name on your passport, and your passport was issued more than a year ago or you cannot document your name change. If your passport was issued more than a year ago and you can document your name change, you can apply for a new passport by mail, using form DS-82. If your passport was issued more than a year ago and you cannot document your name change, you must apply for your new passport in person using form DS-11
  • You want to extend your limited validity passport and it was issued more than a year ago
  • How Do I Submit Form DS-5504

    To submit form DS-5504 to change or correct passport, mail it to the address on the form.

    If you are changing your name or extending your limited validity passport, you must also include:

  • Your passport
  • Verification to support the requested change. For example if your name has changed since your last passport was issued, you can submit a marriage certificate that shows your new name.
  • A passport photo
  • If you need to correct a printing error, you will also need to include:

  • Your passport
  • Documentation to support the change. For example, if your birthdate is incorrect, you can submit your birth certificate to show your correct date of birth.
  • A passport photo if your passport was issued more than 90 days ago
  • When Will I Receive My Passport?

    According to the U.S. Government, it usually takes about two to three weeks to change or correct passport when a printing error has been made, but it can take longer depending on the volume of applications that need to be processed. If you are requesting a name change passport or you want to extend the validity of a limited validity passport, the processing time will depend on whether you choose routine or expedited service through the U.S. government. Routine processing takes four to six weeks, while expedited processing takes two to three weeks. However, both timelines are only estimates. It may take longer for you to receive your passport depending on the number of passport applications that need to be processed.

    Can I Get My Passport Sooner?

    If you need to change or correct passport quickly, you can have your application expedited by a professional passport expediting service like “easy service.” Expediters can usually secure a passport within 24 hours if necessary. To have an expediting service submit your application for you, you must complete your application form and mail it with the required supporting documentation to the expediter. A representative from the expediting service will hand deliver your application to the U.S. passport agency for processing. When your passport has been issued someone from the expediting service will pick it up and overnight it to you. When you work with a passport expediter, you don’t have to worry that you won’t have your passport in time for your trip.


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