Applying for a Second Passport Book

COVID-19 Update: Safely Working for You

September 8, 2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our workforce and customers, we significantly reduced passport operations in March 2020. We have temporarily suspended expedited passport processing for customers applying at an acceptance facility or renewing by mail. At our passport agencies and centers, we have restricted in person service and expedited passport processing to cases involving life-or-death emergencies. As global conditions evolve and U.S. states begin to reopen, we are resuming operations in phases. We ask for your patience as we safely work on your application.

As of Tuesday, September 8, a total of 11 passport agencies and centers are in phase two, and 15 agencies and centers are in phase one of our three-phase reopening plan. Go to our Passport Agency and Center page for more information.

You can apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail now, but unless you have a life-or-death emergency, you will experience delays before receiving your passport and the return of your citizenship documents such as previous passports, and birth and naturalization certificates.

Learn more about our current state of operations and plans to reopen in phases on our COVID-19 Update page and our Frequently Asked Questions page.                  

If you have a valid U.S. passport and you meet several additional requirements, you may be eligible to apply for a second U.S. passport book. In limited circumstances, we will issue a limited-validity, second passport book to you which will be valid for up to four years.

Examples of cases when we may issue second U.S. passport books include:

  • A foreign country will deny a visa or entry to you because your passport has stamps showing travel to certain countries. Example: an Israeli entry or exit stamp in some countries in the Middle East. 
  • You need multiple visas on an ongoing basis because of frequent international travel. Example: you work for an international airline or a multinational company
  • You need a U.S. passport for urgent international travel but your application for a foreign visa is delayed or cannot be processed in time for your travel. 
  • When you need a special validation for travel to a restricted country or area.

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How to Apply for a Second Passport Book

1. Fill Out Your Form

In most cases when applying for a second passport, you will need to complete a Renewal Application (Form DS-82). You may apply for a second passport using Form DS-82 if you can submit your full-validity, 10 year passport and you meet the other requirements to renew. You may renew your second passport but you must submit your second passport with your application. We will invalidate it so it cannot be used for international travel.

In some cases when applying for a second passport, you will need to apply in person and complete a Passport Application (Form DS-11) if you do not submit your full-validity, 10 year passport.

Please note if you have you urgent international travel in the next 14 days or need a foreign visa in the next 28 days, you must make an appointment to apply or renew at a passport agency or center. Bring proof of international travel.

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2. Submit a Signed Statement

Complete a signed, written, and dated statement clearly explaining why you need a second passport book.

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3. Provide a New Passport Photo

Learn about how to submit a quality passport photo.

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4. Calculate and Submit Fees

Fees vary. Learn how much you need to pay for your U.S. passport.

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5. Submit your Form

If you are eligible to renew your current passport, mail your completed application and supporting documents (including your primary passport book) to one of the addresses listed on Form DS-82.

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If you are not eligible to renew your current passport, apply for your second passport in person and fill out (but don't sign) Form DS-11.

Please note if you have you urgent international travel in the next 14 days or need a foreign visa in the next 28 days, you must make an appointment to apply or renew at a passport agency or center. Bring proof of international travel.

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6. Track your Application Status

You can track your application status online or by calling us. You can begin tracking your application 7-10 business days after you applied for or renewed your passport.

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How to Replace your Second Passport After Changing your Name

When are you requesting the name change?

 

If ... Then...
You are requesting the name change less than one year since receiving your second passport

You may apply for a replacement second passport (valid up to 4 years) at no additional cost. The steps to apply include:

  1. Fill out the form for data corrections, some name changes, and limited-validity passports known as Form DS-5504.
  2. Complete a signed, written, and dated statement clearly explaining why you still need a second passport book after your name change. 
  3. Submit your second passport.
  4. Include name change documents: If the name you’re using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide a certified copy of the legal name change document. Examples include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other court-ordered name change document.
  5. Provide a passport photo.
  6. Mail completed application to the address listed on Form DS-5504.

Please note: There’s no cost for this service unless you’re requesting Expedited Service which will cost an additional $60.

If you have urgent international travel in the next 14 days or need a foreign visa in the next 28 days, make an appointment at a passport agency or center. Bring proof of international travel.

You are requesting the name change more than one year after receiving your second passport  You should repeat the application steps listed above in the "How to Apply for a Second Passport Book" section on this webpage.

A Passport Card Does Not Count as a Second Passport

We only issue second passport books not second passport cards.

While customers rarely have two passport books, they commonly have both a passport book and a passport card. The passport book is valid for all types of travel. The passport card cannot be used for international air travel. The card can be used for land and sea travel when returning to the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and several Caribbean countries and for domestic air travel.

If you currently have a book or card and would like to apply for the other document, you can learn more about How to Renew your Passport.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for a second passport at an acceptance facility?

It depends.

If you are applying for a second passport with Forms DS-82 or DS-5504, acceptance facilities should never review these forms and supporting documents. The locations should only review your form and supporting documents if you’re applying using Form DS-11.

You must mail in Forms DS-82 and DS-5504 yourself. Mailing Forms DS-82 and DS-5504 can be confusing since some post offices are also passport acceptance facilities. However, postal employees should never review these forms or supporting documents before you mail them. We recommend you ask USPS to send your forms and supporting documents using a trackable delivery method.

Do not use UPS, FedEx, or DHL since the address you need to send your forms and supporting documents to is a Post Office (PO) Box.

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Can I apply for a second passport at a passport agency or center?

Yes, but you can only visit a passport agency or center if you have urgent international travel within 14 days or need a foreign visa within 28 days. You also must make an appointment, bring proof of international travel, and pay an additional $60 expedite fee.

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What are your processing times for second passport books?

Our processing times are the same for second passport books as they are for primary passport books. Learn more on our Processing Times page.

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Will there be any markings on my second passport to indicate that it is different than my primary passport?

Yes. There will be a special endorsement code printed on one of your passport’s visa pages to indicate you have a limited-validity, second passport book.

 

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Will I get a new passport number when I get a second passport book?

Yes. When you receive your second passport book, the number on the document will be different from the number on your primary passport book.  Make sure to update any DHS Trusted Traveler account information with your second passport book information.