What is a Limited validity passport?

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A limited-validity passport is a regular passport with a validity period less than the full validity period. The full validity period is ten years for those 16 and older and five years for children under 16.

If you are travelling due to an emergency abroad or a significant change in your life, limited validity passport allows you to continue traveling without major setbacks or interruptions.

While these handy but temporary passports come in handy in a pinch, they are not intended to be long-term solutions to your travel needs. Learn everything there is to know about the terms and conditions of a limited validity passport, as well as the steps required to eventually replace one with a regular passport.

What is a Limited validity passport?

Limited validity passport:

Most US passports are valid for ten years if issued to travelers aged 16 and up or five years if issued to children under sixteen. A limited validity passport is valid for a significantly shorter period, though the terms vary depending on the situation.

The passport is usually given as a result of an emergency or exceptional circumstances.

How to replace the limited Validity US Passport?

The replacement process will differ depending on the date of issue and the reason you applied for a limited validity passport.You could replace your limited validity US passport by mail if it were issued less than two years ago. If it was issued more than two years ago, you must renew it in person at a passport acceptance facility.

State Department issues limited validity passport in below scenarios,

  • Pending replacement of naturalization certificate
  • Change of Gender
  • Change of Name
  • The limited passport was issued outside the US for an emergency

The renewal process for all scenarios is given below; please read and choose the correct renewal process.

Pending Replacement of Naturalization Certificate:

When was your limited validity passport issued? How to replace your limited validity passport Limited Validity Replace Process
Less than two years ago Limited validity passport Renewal by Mail Send the following documents by mail (if you’re in the US) or submit them in person at an embassy/consulate (if you’re abroad):

•DS-5504 Form.
•Your Limited validity passport.
•One recent passport size photo.
•Your certificate of naturalization.

Please keep in mind that if you have paid the fees when you applied for your limited passport, you would not have to pay them again (unless you request Expedited Service).
More than two years ago Renewal of a Limited validity passport in Person at an Acceptance Facility In-person, submit the following documents to an acceptance facility or a passport agency:

•DS-11 Form.
•Your Limited validity passport.
•One recent passport size photo.
•Valid ID and its Photocopy.
•Your certificate of naturalization.
•Renewal Fee.

In case of Change of Gender:

When was your limited validity passport issued? How to replace your limited validity passport Limited Validity Replace Process
Less than two years ago Limited validity passport Renewal by Mail Send the following documents by mail (if you’re in the US) or submit them in person at an embassy/consulate (if you’re abroad):
      
•DS-5504 Form.
•Your Limited validity passport.
•One recent passport size photo.
•A doctor letter; mentioning you have received clinical treatment.

Please keep in mind that if you have paid the fees when you applied for your limited passport, you would not have to pay them again (unless you request Expedited Service).
More than two years ago Renewal of a Limited validity US passport in Person at an Acceptance Facility In-person, submit the following documents to an acceptance facility or a passport agency:

•DS-11 Form.
•Your Limited validity Passport.
•One recent passport size photo.
•Valid ID and its Photocopy.
•Renewal Fee.
•A doctor letter; mentioning you have received clinical treatment.


Change of Name:

When was your limited validity passport issued? How to replace your limited validity passport Limited Validity Replace Process
Less than one year ago Limited validity passport Renewal by Mail Send the following documents by mail (if you’re in the US) or submit them in person at an embassy/consulate (if you’re abroad):

•DS-5504 Form.
•Your Limited validity passport.   
•One recent passport size photo.
•Original or certified name change documentation (no photocopies or notarized copies).

Please keep in mind that if you have paid the fees when you applied for your limited passport, you would not have to pay them again (unless you request Expedited Service).
More than one year ago Renewal of a Limited validity passport in Person at an Acceptance Facility In-person, submit the following documents to an acceptance facility or a passport agency:

•DS-11 Form or DS-82 by mail, if eligible.
•Your Limited validity passport.
•One recent passport size photo.
•Valid ID and its Photocopy.
•Renewal Fee.
•Original or certified name change documentation (no photocopies or notarized copies).


The limited passport was issued outside the US for an emergency:

The below process is only applicable if you are living outside the US. Usually, in abroad the limited validity passport is issued in emergency situations only.

When was your limited validity passport issued? How to replace your limited validity passport Limited Validity Replace Process
Less than one year ago Limited validity passport Renewal by Mail Send the following documents in person at an embassy/consulate:

•DS-5504 Form or DS-11.
•Your Limited validity passport.
•One recent passport size photo.

Please keep in mind that if you have paid the fees when you applied for your limited passport, you would not have to pay them again (unless you request Expedited Service).
More than a year ago but not more than 15 years ago Renewal of a Limited validity passport in Person at an Acceptance Facility In-person, submit the following documents to an embassy/consulate abroad:
•DS-11 Form or DS-82 by mail, if
eligible.
•Your Limited validity passport.
•One recent passport size photo.
•Valid ID and its Photocopy.
•Renewal Fee.

Limitations of Limited validity passport:

Limited validity passport resemble regular passports but typically have fewer pages. The majority of temporary passports also state that the document has a limited validity period.

Is it possible to exchange my limited validity passport for another limited validity passport?

Yes. For example, suppose you received a limited passport due to ongoing sex transition but still receive appropriate clinical treatment. In that case, you may replace your current limited passport with a new limited passport by completing Form DS-5504.

Is it acceptable to submit a photocopy of my naturalization certificate instead of the original?

No, you should submit the original. We will return it to you in addition to your new passport. To submit your passport application and supporting documents, we recommend using a trackable delivery method and secure packaging (such as a sturdy cardboard or Tyvek envelope).

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