Frequently Asked Questions

A passport is a document, issued by a national government, which certifies the identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel.
An Electronic Passport is the same as a traditional passport with the addition of a small integrated circuit (or chip) embedded in the back cover.
A limited validity passport is a passport issued with less than full 10-year validity for those 16 years and older and less than 5-year validity for those under age 16.
Visa is a form affixed into the passports to prove that the holder of the passport meets the requirements for admission into the issuing country.
E-Visa is an endorsement that allows the bearer to enter a country. It replaces “sticker”- and “stamp-type” visas affixed into the passports.
The cost depends on the type of passport you request and how quickly you need it. Select the type that applies to you for the Passport Page of our site and the fees are at the bottom of every page.
Life or Death Emergencies involve serious illness, injury, or death in your immediate family. Applicant must appear in person at a passport agency and documentation of the emergency may be requested. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment, if it is a federal holiday or after hour call 202-647-4000.
We can help you to get your passport in 5 working or less. Please go the passport services page for details or call our office at 310-274-2020.
We can help you to get your passport in 5 working or less. Please go the passport services page for details or call our office at 310-274-2020. If you are traveling soon call 1-877-487-2778.
We can help you to get your passport in 5 working days or less. If you are not using our service and applying on your own and it is during the summer time or travel seasons, you should expedite the processing of your passport by paying an extra $60 if traveling in less than 10 weeks. That is because regular processing might take 8-10 weeks.
It is recommended that U.S. citizens with family members living abroad, planning a vacation abroad or with a job that could require international travel maintain valid U.S. passports.
Please go the passport services page and select the one that applies to you and you will have all the info you need.
It varies from country to country. Some countries need two (2) to four (4) blank visa/stamp pages. Please go to the “Add Visa Pages: to your passport on our website if you need visa blank pages.
If you were 16 or older when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 10 years. If you were 15 or younger when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 5 years.
You should renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires if possible.
It is a good idea to keep it in a safe place as it is considered proof of your U.S. citizenship.
Yes. Failure to provide your Social Security Number may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application.
Please mail found passport to:
U.S. Department of State
Passport Services
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Normal wear of a U.S. passport is understandable and likely does not constitute “damage”. For instance, the expected bend of a passport after being carried in your back pocket or fanning of the visa pages after extensive opening and closing. In most cases of normal wear, you may renew your passport by mail using Form DS-82.

However, water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing visa pages (torn out), a hole punch and other injuries may constitute “damage” requiring use of Form DS-11.

If your passport has been significantly damaged, especially the book cover or the page displaying your personal data and photo, you will need to apply for a new passport.
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Documents that support date and place of birth in the United States are required.
A combination of the following:

      Early filed religious records showing name, date and place of birth;
      Early school records showing name, date and place of birth;
      Medical records created within the first year of birth;
      Insurance records showing name, date and place of birth;
      Birth Certificates of older brothers or sisters;
      Border Crossing Cards or Green Cards for parents issued prior to applicant’s birth, Parent’s tax, rent, or employment records created at the time of applicant’s birth which indicated their U.W.
      residency (bona fide US domicile); and/or
      Any other document established in your infancy or early childhood that indicates your date and place of birth.

Note: All documents must be original or certified.

You will have to replace the passport before returning to the United States. You should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance.
You need to provide one Passport Photo, a photo ID, Proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, your old expire passport or photocopy of your missing passport), travel Itinerary, Police Report (if available). If you are unable to present all of the documents, the consular staff will do their best to assist you to replace your passport quickly.
They are normally valid for ten years for adults and five years for minors. However, in some cases you might be issued a passport with a limited-validity.
Yes. In certain extraordinary circumstances the passport fee may be waived and a limited-validity passport will be issued.
Only if you have an emergency need to travel or have been the victim of a serious crime you should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate after-hours duty officer for assistance.
See the instructions you received at the time your passport was issued. The documentation required for replacement of a new, fully valid passport depends upon the reason for limiting the original passport.
In addition to a limited passport issued abroad in emergency cases other factors like multiple lost/stolen passports and if birth certificate/photo ID provided not acceptable by the Department of State may also cause you to be issued a limited passport.
See the instructions you received at the time your passport was issued. Full instructions are given on how to obtain a fully valid passport. Please go to the passport page of our website under “Replacement of a Limited Passport Issued in USA”.
It depends on the reasons on why you were issued a limited passport.
No. Since September 2005, no amendments are done and new passports are issued.
For security reasons and with Electronic Passport being issued, the printed data must match the data contained on the chip.
WORM “Write Once, Read Many” is the technology used to write data to the chip. The digital signature technologies will ensure that the data can be authenticated and that the data has not been altered.
Yes.
Yes, as a US citizen you need to travel in your current, legal name. Please go to the US Passport Name Change page for full details.
Yes, as a US citizen you need to travel in your current, legal name. Please go to the US Passport Name Change page for full details.
Yes, as a US citizen he needs to travel in his current, legal name. Please go to the US Passport Name Change page for full details.
To correct the error in your valid U.S. passport please go to the US Passport Data Correction page for full details.
Generally no, you may send in the forms/documentation required by mail. However, if you must apply using Form DS-11, you, likewise, must appear in person.
Yes. Except for passports with printing errors and damaged or mutilated old passport will be invalidated and returned to you with your new passport.
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