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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:
Common Second Passport Questions?
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.