No matter how careful you are with your passport, it will unavoidably get damaged. If you have a damaged passport, you will need to go through the replace damaged passport process. There are numerous ways that your passport can become damaged:
- it’s handled too roughly
- stuffed into bags and pockets
- carried through difficult climates
- dropped in a puddle, or worse.
If your passport is looking less than adequate, here’s a guide as to what you can do.
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How to Replace a Damaged Passport:
First, normal wear and tear doesn’t necessarily mean you have to replace the passport. If the cover is bent or wrinkled, the page edges are worn or fanned, or the pages have become slightly dirty from handling, your passport is probably still usable as long as the important parts — your photograph and identifying information — are still clear and legible.
However, there is no absolute standard for damage. In the end, the question of whether your passport is acceptable is up to the control officer who examines it. If you think you have a damaged passport beyond normal use and you are concerned that it might not be accepted, it’s easy to get a replacement. You can apply for a new one by mail using State Department form DS-11, the same form you use to replace a lost or stolen passport.
Other kinds of damage are more serious. These include:
* Large tears or holes in the passport
* Extremely loose or missing pages
* Water stains and damage
* Unauthorized markings on the passport
A damaged passport is a frustrating situation. Fortunately, you can get a new U.S. passport in as little as 24 hours. There are different fees based on the speed that you need for your replacement passport. We recommend replacing your damaged passport as soon as possible to avoid any additional expediting fees. Additionally, routine passport service can take a 4-6 weeks or longer. You will not want to miss your trip because your passport is damaged and it will not be accepted.
Passports Online provides trusted information on how to get quickly and safely replace your ruined passport. Don’t let a fatigued passport prevent you from traveling or missing your trip.
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Damaged Passport Processing Options
There are three options to secure your replacement passport.
Option 1: Traditional processing through the Post Office. This method takes 4-6 weeks. You can visit our local passport acceptance agency page for more information.
Option 2: Visting a regional passport agency within two weeks of your travel or 30 days if a visa is needed. An appointment is required.
Option 3: Expedited Service through a U.S. State Department-registered service. This process takes two weeks or less. As quick as 24 hours, guaranteed. If you have travel plans, then you’ll need your new passport fast. The lost/stolen replacement passport application process can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. In the simple process described below, you can have your new U.S. Passport in your hand.
Government Fees for Replacement Passport:
$110 government fee for passport (routine service 4-6 weeks)
$25 acceptance agent fee
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$60 government fee (3 week service)
Additional fees for private expediting for passport service in two weeks or less.