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Replace a Limited Validity Passport

A limited-validity passport is any regular passport that is issued for less than the full validity period (10 years for those 16 and older and 5 years for children under 16). The process to apply for a full-validity passport depends on the reason the limited-validity passport was issued.

Note: If your limited-validity passport was issued for a reason not addressed below, refer to the letter included with the passport or contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY).

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Where was your limited-validity passport issued?

Inside the United States

Why is your passport limited?

When was it issued?

How you replace it

Pending replacement of your naturalization certificate

Less than two years ago

Submit the following by mail (if in the United States) or in person at an embassy/consulate (if overseas):

  • Form DS-5504
  • Your limited passport
  • One color passport photo
  • Your naturalization certificate
Please Note: You will not have to pay any fees if you paid the fees when you applied for your limited passport (unless you request Expedited Service).

More than two years ago

Submit the following in person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency:
  • Form DS-11
  • Your limited passport
  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID
  • One color passport photo
  • Your naturalization certificate
  • All applicable fees

Ongoing gender transition

Less than two years ago

Submit the following by mail:

  • Form DS-5504
  • Your limited passport
  • One color passport photo
  • Physician letter stating your have undergone appropriate clinical treatment. (See Gender Designation Change for more details)
Please Note: You will not have to pay any fees if you paid the fees when you applied for your limited passport (unless you request Expedited Service).

More than two years ago

Submit the following in person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency:

  • Form DS-11
  • Your limited passport
  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID
  • One color passport photo
  • Physician letter stating your have undergone appropriate clinical treatment. (See Gender Designation Change for more details)
  • All applicable fees

Name change

Less than one year ago

Submit the following by mail:

  • Form DS-5504
  • Your limited passport
  • One color passport photo
  • Your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies)
Please note: You will not have to submit any fees unless you request Expedited Service.

More than one year ago

Submit the following in person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency:

  • Form DS-11 (or DS-82 by mail, if eligible)
  • Your limited passport
  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID
  • One color passport photo
  • Your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies)
  • All applicable fees
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Outside the United States

Why is your passport limited?

When was it issued?

How you replace it

Your limited passport was issued outside the United States in an emergency.

Less than one year ago

Submit the following by mail (if in the United States) or in person at an embassy/consulate (if abroad):

  • Form DS-5504 or Form DS-11 (refer to your letter)
  • Your limited passport
  • One color passport photo
Please Note: You will not have to pay any fees if you paid the fees when you applied for your limited passport (unless you request Expedited Service).

More than one year ago but less than 15 years ago

Submit the following in person at an acceptance facilty or passport agency (if in the United States) or in person at an embassy/consulate (if abroad):
  • Form DS-11 (or DS-82 by mail, if eligible)
  • Your limited passport
  • One color passport photo
  • All applicable fees
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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm worried about mailing in my naturalization certificate. Can I submit a photocopy?

No, you must submit the original. We will return it to you separately from your new passport. A trackable delivery method and a secure means of packaging (such as a sturdy cardboard or Tyvek envelope) are strongly encouraged to submit passport applications and personal documents by mail.

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What if my passport was limited because of my ongoing gender transition, but since then, I've had appropriate clinical treatment AND I've changed my name. Can I still use Form DS-5504, if it's within two years?

No, Form DS-5504 can only be used to replace a limited passport if the reason it was limited has now been resolved. If there is an additional change, you must use Form DS-11 and apply in person, paying all applicable fees.

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Can I replace my limited passport for another limited passport?

Yes. For example, if you received a limited passport because of my ongoing gender transition, but you're still in the process of receiving appropriate clinical treatment, you may replace your current limited passport with a new limited passport using Form DS-5504.