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Second Passport Overview

For a second passport and passport renewals, please use the DS-82 form.

Traditionally, U.S. citizens can only have one (1) valid passport at a time. However, there are some extenuating circumstances where the state will issue a second duplicate passport.

Example #1: Second Passport

First, a passport holder may need to get a visa. He or she will submit the passport to a foreign government for the visa, but it may take weeks to process. If that passport holder needs to travel, he or she will need a second duplicate passport.

Example #2: Second Passport

Another example comes into play when a passport holder travels to countries that are at war or in conflict. As a result, these countries could deny entry to a country if the passport holder has visa stamps from other countries.

Moreover, each of these scenarios can be avoided by having a second duplicate passport. It is, however, a rare circumstance that a traveler actually needs a second duplicate passport.

In this case, you will need a Second Duplicate Passport Request Letter.

Second Passport Processing Times

Option #1: The traditional way to get a second duplicate passport is by mail.

  • This option costs $110 through the U.S. Department of State.
  • Processing times can be slow.
  • Only do this option if you are NOT traveling in the next 30 days.

You may also call and make an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency,

Option #2: Alternatively, if you need to obtain a second duplicate passport more quickly, you can make use of an expedited passport service. Fastport Passport is a government-registered courier service, and can secure your second duplicate passport in 2 weeks or less OR as fast as 24 hours.

Passport Fees Explained:

Apply for Routine Passport Service: $110 government fee for passport

Apply for Expedited Passport Service: $60 government fee (2-3 week turnaround)

NOTE: Additional fees may apply for a private expediting passport service in 2 weeks or less.

Common Second Passport Questions?

Q: How long is my passport valid for?
A: Passports for adults are valid for 10 years. However, you are eligible to renew early should any descriptive data, or your physical appearance change. A second duplicate passport is usually only valid for 1 year.
Q: Do I need 6 months of passport validity on my passport to travel?
A: Yes. Generally, countries require you to have at least 6 months of passport validity to travel internationally. However, some countries require you to have more than 3 months. In other words, please renew your passport prior to your travel as many applications get rejected at the airport for not meeting this requirement.
Q: What happens to my current passport?
A: When you apply for your second duplicate passport, the State Department will return your old passport with the newly issued limited temporary second duplicate passport.

Second Duplicate Passport vs. Replacement Passport

To summarize, a second duplicate passport is a very unique scenario.

It will not apply to many applicants.

If your passport is lost, stolen, or missing, you must apply for a passport renewal.

If your passport is damaged or mutilated, you must apply for a new passport.

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