Is passport adding pages still possible in the U.S.?

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The U.S. State Department can no longer allow the passport adding pages in U.S. passports effective January 1, 2016. U.S. passport holders traditionally had the choice of charging for the addition of 24 extra passport pages when existing passports required adequate room for visa entry or exit stamps. The decision to terminate the operation has been made to strengthen the passport’s protection and conform to international passport requirements. To alleviate the effects of not offering adequate passport pages to regular passengers, the State Department started issuing 52-page passports to all applicants outside the United States at no extra cost as of 1 October 2014. In the United States, applicants can pick a 28-page or 52-page book. 

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What are all the qualifications required to apply for a new U.S. passport?

The conditions one should meet to apply for a new U.S. passport are:

  1. You have never held a passport in the U.S. 
  2. Your passport was granted more than fifteen years ago.
  3. Your most latest U.S. passport was issued before your 16th birthday.

When is a reissue of a U.S. passport possible?

You could even apply for a reissue of the U.S. passport, if:

  1. You need to submit your valid original U.S. passport.
  2. You were given a substitute for a missing or stolen passport, although such passports are commonly given valid for 1-24 months at an American embassy overseas. 
  3. You have been granted a passport during the last years and therefore need a change of name.

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Are there any conditions applicable to apply for a passport adding pages in your passport?

No, you can’t apply for this service. U.S state department discontinued passport adding pages in the U.S passport. And international embassies cannot grant a visa on a page that is not classified as a visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages on the backside of the U.S. passport cannot be used to obtain a visa. A visa cannot be marked on a page even though the visa page includes just one tiny stamp.

My passport pages are full, what other options are available, instead of passport adding pages?

Since U.S department stopped passport adding page service, you can opt for any alternatives below:

  1. You can apply for a new passport.
  2. You can choose a 52-page passport while applying for a new one.

You can apply for a second U.S passport if you are eligible

Who can apply for a Child/Minor US passport?

You can apply for a Child/Minor US passport if you satisfy any of the below condition:

  1. Children under the age of 16 are qualified to apply for a first-time passport.
  2. children are below 16 years of age and renewing an expiring or expired passport.

What to do if my U.S. passport was heavily damaged?

If your passport was heavily damaged, you could apply for a renewal of your U.S. passport.

Under what are all the circumstance U.S. passport can be renewed?

U.S. passport will be renewed under,

  1. You can submit your most recent U.S. passport.
  2. Your expired U.S. passport was issued within the past 15 years.
  3. Your expired passport should be issued when you were 16 years of age or older.
  4. Your expired U.S passport should not heavily be damaged or mutilated.

Why the U.S. government stopped passport adding pages in national passport?

The decision to discontinue passport adding pages service planned to strengthen passport protection and meet international passport requirements. 

How to update the name changes in a U.S. passport?

If you have changed your name, you may apply to have your U.S. passport show this change. Passports are no longer amended to change items appearing on the data page; therefore, you will need a new U.S. national passport in your new name. 

How early can I renew an expired U.S. passport?

American nationals are required to have a valid United States passport for most international travel. Your passport can be extended at any time, but the Department of State’s website recommends extending within nine months of the passport expiry date on the passport details page. Passports for Americans aged 16 and over are valid for ten years, while passports for younger children are valid for five years. Specific renewal requirements vary depending on different factors, including when your passport was issued and when you applied for your current passport.

What is Second U.S. Passport?

Current regulations represent the Department of State’s longstanding policy that no individual should have more than one acceptable or potentially valid U.S. passport at any time unless expressly approved by the State Department. To a traveler’s ease, second fee passports are not provided. The issuance of a second valid U.S passport should be considered an exception of the regulations and should only be approved individually if justified. The second valid passport might not be internationally limited, i.e., just for travel in a few countries. Nonetheless, it would be restricted in length and effective for a maximum of two years. 

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What are the documents required to qualify for a Second U.S. passport?

The documents that are needed to apply for U.S. Second Passport:

  1. Completed appropriate passport application form DS-82 or DS-11.
  2. A first-time applicant for a second valid passport: Bearer’s current normal validity U.S. passport (10-year passport).
  3. Renewal of second valid passport: Holders current second valid passport and current normal validity U.S. national passport.
  4. A signed written document specifying the reason(s) that the second passport is needed and attesting that the absence of one of the two passports should be notified to Passport Services instantly, or to the closest U.S. if it is abroad, to the nearest Embassy, consulate, or consulting department.
  5. One colored photograph, 5x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches), head scale from chin to top minimum 25 mm (1 inch), average 35 mm (1 3/8 inch), on a white, plain background, not having any white frame, shot on standard photographic paper in the last six months, full face (no mask, shades, bandana, etc.).
  6. Second passport fee : For adult, $110.00 (DS-82) or $135.00 (DS-11) and for minor under 16, $105.00 (DS-11).

Are there any conditions Second U.S. passport holders need to be aware of?

You ought to aware of the following steps as a carrier of a second international passport:

  1. Whether your first or second passport is missing or damaged, report it to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate (if out of the country) immediately.
  2. Make sure that the correct passport is submitted at each entry border control point.
  3. If possible, arrange an itinerary that allows you to carry only one passport when you travel to a country with a restrictive visa or entry policy. The passport, which is not needed for immediate travel, should be held in a safe place. You do not believe that international immigration officials are not searching for your personal or luggage.
  4. In general, when approaching a border control point, do not show both passports at the same time.

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