limited-passport-fastport passportHow to Renew a Limited Temporary Passport

An emergency of temporary limited validity passport is usually only good for a short period of time. They are often issued if a passport is stolen or lost while traveling overseas. If you were issued a limited temporary passport, you will need to re-new your passport for a full validity passport right away. As long as the emergency passport is still valid, all applicants can apply for the new full validity passport by mail. This page explains How to Renew a Limited Temporary Passport. If you have any questions, we can help you through this process. We are able to expedite this process in two weeks or less, even as fast as 24 hours.

Replace a Limited Validity Passport

A limited validity passport describes any passport issued with less than full 10-year validity for those 16 years and older and less than 5-years validity for those under age 16. If you have been issued a passport that has been limited in validity, the process for obtaining a new full-validity passport depends on how long ago it was issued and where your passport was issued.

 

If your limited passport is an emergency passport which was issued overseas, and was issued:

Less than one year ago

  • You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees, unless you request Expedited Service.
  • Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your limited passport, and a color passport photo.

More than one year ago (but less than 15 years ago)

  • Submit Form DS-82 by mail with your limited passport, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees.

If your passport was issued domestically (in the United States) and was limited due to a citizenship, identity, name, or gender documentation deficiency, and was issued:

Less than one year ago (or two years ago for ongoing gender transitions or naturalization certificate replacements)

  • You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees, unless you request Expedited Service.
  • Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your limited passport, a color passport photo, and evidence of your name change, U.S. citizenship, or gender change (you will have been advised in writing as to what evidence is required when your limited passport was issued).

More than one year ago

  • You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, all applicable fees, and your evidence of U.S. citizenship, name change document or gender change documentation (if applicable; you will have been advised in writing as to what evidence is required when your limited passport was issued).

Please note that if your passport was limited due to replacement of multiple lost or stolen passports, because you were a victim of a serious disaster or certain other uncommon reasons, you are not eligible to replace your limited passport. These procedures will not apply to your specific case, and more information and documentation will be required to obtain a full-validity passport. Consult the letter or instructions given to you with your limited validity passport for more information.

How to Renew a Limited Temporary Passport

If your emergency limited temporary passport was issued more than a year ago, you cannot renew a limited temporary passport. You will need to submit the request for a new passport. Complete the checklist for the new passport. Read on to learn How to Renew a Limited Temporary Passport.

If your limited temporary passport was issued less than one year ago, you will need to submit the emergency limited passport along with the supplemental application forms and documents. This passport will be canceled and returned to you along with your new full-validity passport. You will also need to complete the DS-5504 Form Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement.

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