US Passport

Getting a Second Passport

 

Getting a second password is not legal according to the current policy of there is a rule by the Department of the state that no one should have more than one valid U.S passport at any given time. Though there is an exception to this rule. Obtaining a second passport is an exception and is given on the individual basis. The validity of that second passport is not more than two year.

When can you get the second passport?

Few situation of exception are listed below:

  • If your passport contains marking or your visa shows that you traveled to a particular country then and if you are planning to travel a country who may deny you visa due to these marking then you need a second passport.
  • If in some other foreign national you had to submit your visa or you are delayed in getting a travel visa and now you have an urgent plan to travel
    • Only in rare situation traveler are guaranteed more than one (2nd passport).
    • If you are not able to cancel your current passport for getting new one or if there is a sudden change in itinerary and you are unable to get complete the travel.

Above where the case where you may get your passport now there are couple of cases in which you might not get the second one

  • If your passport is temporarily unavailable and in place of that another one is issued. Like there can be a situation where your passport gets locked in a safety box or packed for moving here you cannot ask for another passport you have to submit the form of stolen and lost passport.
  • Suppose you have given your passport to the embassy for the process of visa and by mistake, they lost it in such situation you cannot ask for one more passport. Here also you need to submit the lost or stolen form.

Basic steps for applying for a second passport remains the same as applying for the new passport:

  1. Fill up the passport application form
  2. Gather the document require for getting a second passport
  3. Submit the form

Fill up the passport application form

If you are applying for a second passport then you can apply for either online or offline:

Online application

For the online application, you need to visit this site: https://pptform.state.gov/?Submit2=Complete+Online+%26+Print

Here first you need to agree with the terms and condition by clicking on the checkbox and then hit next. There you need to navigate through the applying for the passport section. Fill the details that are compulsory and that are relevant to you. Finally, print the form.

Offline application

For the offline application, you need to download and print DS-82 or DS-11, it would depend on your situation which forms to fill. The form can be directly downloaded from this link:

DS-82: https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds82.pdf

Above is how DS-82 form looks like.

DS-11- https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds11.pdf

Above is how DS-82 form looks like.

Once you have downloaded the form from the above link you need to fill the form with the black ink and make sure that all the details that you enter is correct and is without error.

Further detailed method of filling up form online is explained here

Few things you need to note while filling up the form:

  • When you apply online the application select the form based on what information you enter. So sometime it may select the wrong form.
  • The form had to be signed when it is told to sign by acceptance officer and in front of acceptance officer.
  • Larger passport book with 52- pages may be requested without incurring any cost for that you just need to tick 52-page checkbox on the top of the DS-11 form.
  • If you are issued with the social security number then you must provide it. Also, it should be provided if the social security number is issued in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).
  • If you does not have social security number than you need to submit a statement signed and dated which says that “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct:  (Child’s full name) has never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”

Gather the document require for the second passport

  • You need to submit written explanation about why you need the second passport the application should be as detailed as possible
  • Filled DS-11 or DS-82 depending upon the situation
  • Citizenship Evidence
  • Photocopy of Citizenship Evidence
  • Identification
  • Photocopy of identification
  • One Standard passport size photo colored: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/photos.html
  • Depending upon your age you need to pay fee

To calculate the fee follow this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/fees.html

Citizenship Evidence

For the evidence for renewing a passport, you can submit one of the documents listed below. This documents should be original or the certified copy. Photocopy and a notarized copy are not acceptable.

  • Undamaged and fully valid U.S passport. It can also be expired one.
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Birth certificate of US that meets following requirements:
    • It must be issued by the city, country or state of birth
    • It must contain full name of the child, its place of birth and date of birth
    • It should also contain full name of the parents
    • It must be signed by the registrar
    • It should have the seal by the issuing authority
  • If born in foreign country than consular report of birth abroad or certification of birth

While renewing an expired passport if you are unable to submit one of the above listed documents or to clear any doubt regarding this you can visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/citizenship-evidence.html

Photocopy of Citizenship Evidence

You need to submit the photocopy of the evidence of your U.S citizenship that you are providing with the passport renewal application. It should be printed on front and back if these is anything on the back. While submitting this you need to make sure that the photocopy is legible, on standard size (8.5×11 inch) white paper, it should be black and white and single sided.

In option to a photocopy of the evidence of your U.S citizenship, you can also submit second certified copy which they will keep.

If you fail to submit these documents than the process might get extended.

Identification

To renew expired passport for identification you also need to present you current id such that it clearly identifies you. For this you can present one of the following IDs:

  • Valid Driving license
  • Fully valid and undamaged U.S passport (may be expired)
  • Citizenship or naturalization certificate
  • State, country, or federal government ID
  • S military ID or Military depended ID
  • Valid foreign passport
  • Matricula certificate that is Mexican consular identification, commonly used by the parents of a U.S citizen child applicant

When you go to renew American passport if you are not able to present one of the above listed IDs then for more information look up here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/identification.html

Also if you have gone through or is in process of gender conversion then you may follow: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/gender.html

Photocopy of identification

You need to submit the photocopy of the ID both front and back. Make sure that photocopy is on standard (8.5×11 inch) sized white paper, it should not be double sided and the image size should not be decreased although you may increase the size of the image.

Most Recent Passport

Your most recent Passport should be submitted with the passport renewal application form.

  • The U.S passport should follow all the points discussed above such that it should be a fully valid passport.
  • The Old U.S passport book or card will be returned though it would be in the separate mail and not with the newly renewed passport.

Name change Document

In the passport renewal procedure, you need to submit the legal name change document or certified copy if the name that you are currently using is different than the name on the most recent U.S passport. For proof you can submit following documents:

  • Your Marriage Certificate
  • Your Divorce decree
  • Name change document ordered by court

These documents will be returned to you via mail that would be different than the mail of your new renewed passport.

One Standard passport size photo colored

With the application for passport renewal, you need to submit standard size photograph for the renewal application form. The photo should fulfill the following norms:

  • Size of the photo should be of size 2×2 inches
  • Photo should be such that it shows your current appearance and it should be taken recently or should have been taken in last 6 months
  • Photograph could be both among colored and black and white
  • Photo should be such that its background should be plain white or off-white, you should be looking in the front and it should show your full face
  • In photo your face should not be covered with anything such as cap, band or hat and your attire should be normal
  • If you are prescribed to wear hearing machine, spectacles or anything like this then you should wear it while getting a photograph.

Citizenship Evidence

For the evidence, you can submit one of the documents listed below. This documents should be original or the certified copy. Photocopy and a notarized copy is not acceptable.

  • Undamaged and fully valid U.S passport. It can also be expired one.
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Birth certificate of US that meets following requirements:
    • It must be issued by the city, country or state of birth
    • It must contain full name of the child, its place of birth and date of birth
    • It should also contain full name of the parents
    • It must be signed by the registrar
    • It should have the seal by the issuing authority
  • If born in foreign country than consular report of birth abroad or certification of birth

If you are unable to submit one of the above listed documents or to clear any doubt regarding this you can visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/citizenship-evidence.html

Photocopy of Citizenship Evidence

You need to submit the photocopy of the evidence of your U.S citizenship that you are giving. It should be printed on front and back if these is anything on the back. While submitting this you need to make sure that the photocopy is legible, on standard size (8.5×11 inch) white paper, it should be black and white and single sided.

In option to a photocopy of the evidence of your U.S citizenship, you can also submit second certified copy which they will keep.

If you fail to submit these documents than the process might get extended.

Identification

For identification, you also need to present you current id such that it clearly identifies you. For this you can present one of the following IDs:

  • Valid Driving license
  • Fully valid and undamaged U.S passport (may be expired)
  • Citizenship or naturalization certificate
  • State, country, or federal government ID
  • S military ID or Military depended ID
  • Valid foreign passport
  • Matricula certificate that is Mexican consular identification, commonly used by the parents of a U.S citizen child applicant

If you are not able to present one of the above listed IDs then for more information look up here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/identification.html

Also if you have gone through or is in process of gender conversion then you may follow: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/gender.html

Photocopy of identification

You need to submit the photocopy of the ID both front and back. Make sure that photocopy is on standard (8.5×11 inch) sized white paper, it should not be double sided and the image size should not be decreased although you may increase the size of the image.

Submit the form

The application form and documents that are required to be submitted to an authorized agent at Application acceptance facility. U.S. has more than 8000 facilities all over the states where you can go, apply and get your passport done as fast as you need. Most of these facilities are at post office and clerks of court, other are located at towns or city’s Municipal government office and at public Library. To locate passport office near you visit: https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/

Getting your second passport within 2 days

This whole process may take up to several weeks if you are going for the routine process. But if you want the process to be completed in 2 to 3 days then you can send the application form along with all the required document via expediting courier service but for that, you need to pay extra. Also, make sure that the courier service that you use has tracking service available.

Hope you found the information about getting a second passport resourceful for any query or you feel that we should have included or we missed out, then comment below we will surely take a look at it and would definitely try to solve your queries.

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