Special Issuance Passport
You Are Eligible for a Special Issuance Passport Book Only If:
- You are an officer or employee of the U.S. Government, traveling abroad for the U.S. Government.
- You are the dependent of someone traveling abroad for the U.S. Government, and will accompany them on their assignment.
- You are exempt by law from payment of the passport fee.
- You have a letter from the American Battle Monuments Commission stating that you are traveling overseas in honor of a deceased family member in the U.S. Armed Forces.
How to Apply for a Special Issuance Passport Book
Applicants for special issuance passport books should contact their respective travel offices for further instruction.
Applying for and Traveling with A Special Issuance Passport Book
- Official and Diplomatic passport books are special issuance passport books.
- Special issuance passports are only issued in book form. There are no special issuance passport cards.
- You may use your special issuance passport book only when traveling overseas in discharge of your official duties.
- For personal travel, you must use a regular fee passport book or card.
- You may have both a valid regular passport book and a valid special issuance passport book at the same time.
- Dependents authorized to accompany you on official travel must have their own special issuance passport books.
- Generally, special issuance passport books are sent to, or picked up by the organization, government agency, or branch of service sponsoring the passport issuance, not the individual. The sponsor of your official travel should appear in the “Mailing Address” block of the application.
- If you are applying for a special issuance passport book at a passport Acceptance Facility, you will be charged the $25.00 execution fee; however, you are not required to pay the passport fee.
American Battle Monuments Commission
- If you are the widow, widower, child, parent, brother, or sister of a deceased member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is buried or memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at an overseas military cemetery administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission, you may travel abroad to visit the grave or memorial site using a special issuance passport book.
- An applicant for this type of passport book should submit a letter from the Commission with their passport application, naming the deceased American service member with whom the applicant claims a relationship and the place of burial or memorial in the foreign country.
- These passport books are issued for a five-year period of validity and may be used for later trips if the purpose of travel remains the same.
- Someone providing a letter from the American Battle Monuments Commission should include his or her personal mailing address on the application. These passport books are mailed directly to the applicant.