Second Passport Requirements

Most people only need a single passport, but sometimes it’s necessary to have a back-up. Second passports are issued solely at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State and only for those individuals who have a genuine need for an additional passport. They are not given to everyone. When a duplicate passport is issued it is only good for two years instead of the standard 10 years. If you still need a duplicate passport at the end of the two-year period, you will need to renew it.

The most common circumstances that necessitate an additional passport include:

  • Frequent travelers who need to submit their passport to get a visa. Since you are required to submit your passport to the U.S. Department of State when you apply for a visa, you would not be able to travel abroad while you are waiting for your visa to be issued if you only have one passport. A second passport lets individuals who frequently travel abroad, leave the United States while their visa is being processed.
  • A duplicate passport may be essential for travelers who have been to politically sensitive areas of the world. There are countries that do not allow entry to individuals who have stamps from certain countries in their passport books. A duplicate passport would be critical for individuals who have traveled to such countries.
  • Getting a Duplicate Passport

    The process for getting a duplicate passport is similar to the process for getting any other passport. If you are eligible to renew your existing passport by mail, you may apply for a second passport by mail as well.

    To get your duplicate passport by mail, you must send the following information to the address on form DS-82:

    (1.)Completed form DS-82

    (2.)Your current passport

    (3.)A signed statement explaining why you need a duplicate passport. Be sure to include details about your upcoming travel plans or travel history. For example, if you have a trip scheduled and you need to submit your original passport to apply for a visa, you should let the State Department know. In addition, if you are a frequent traveler who has visited politically sensitive countries in the past, and you believe having the stamps of those countries in your passport will negatively impact future travel, make sure you include that information. You must also declare in your statement that you will immediately report the loss of either your original passport or your second passport to Passport Services or the nearest U.S. Embassy, Consulate or Consular Agency.

    (4.)Passport photo

    (5.)Applicable passport fees

    If you are not eligible to apply by mail, you must apply in person at a passport acceptance facility or passport agency using form DS-11.

    Processing Time

    If you choose routine processing when you submit your application, you will receive your duplicate passport within four to six weeks. For a $60 fee, the U.S. government will expedite your application, so you will receive your passport in two to three weeks. However, it can take much longer if there is already a high volume of applications that need to be processed. If you can’t wait that long to receive your second passport because you need to apply for a visa or you have urgent travel plans, you can work with a passport expediting service like “easy service” to obtain a passport. When you work with a professional expediter, you can usually get your passport in as little as 24 hours if necessary.

    Get Your Passport Quickly

    Professional passport expediters are registered with the U.S. Department of State to hand deliver passport applications to the U.S. Passport Agency, so you can get your passport quickly. Expediting services typically have varying turnaround times ranging from 24 hours to two weeks. Choose the one that meets your needs, and let the professionals take care of the rest. After you place your order for your second passport, a representative from the expediting service will contact you to let you know exactly what you need to do, so you can be sure your application will be complete and accurate.

    After you fill out your application and gather the documentation you are required to submit, simply overnight it to the expediter, and your job is done. They will deliver your application to the U.S. Passport Agency on your behalf, pick up your passport after it has been issued and overnight it to you. Getting a passport with the help of an expediting service takes the stress out of the process and ensures you will have your passport when you need it.


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