How to Get a Second US Passport

Generally, the US government allows citizens to carry only one valid passport at a time. However, if you are a frequent international traveler, one passport may not be enough. If you can demonstrate a need for it, you can actually apply for a second valid US passport.

Applications for a second valid passport are considered on a case-by-case basis. The Department of State only issues them if you have a good reason for asking. The two most common reasons for requesting a second valid US passport are as follows:

1.You have visa stamps on your existing passport which prevent you from traveling to another country that you wish to visit. For example, some countries in the Middle East will not allow you to enter if you have an Israeli visa stamp on your passport.

2.You have sent your passport away to another country’s embassy to apply for a visa, and you need to travel overseas before it will be returned to you.

To apply for a second passport, fill out passport renewal application form DS-82, and send it in along with your current passport, 2 passport photos and the appropriate fees. You must also include a signed letter stating why you need a duplicate passport. If the duplicate passport is required for a business trip, you should also submit a letter from your company or organization to confirm the details of the trip and why a duplicate passport is needed.

If issued, duplicate passports are valid for a period of two years only. If one passport is lost or stolen, you must report it to the government immediately, even though you will still have a passport to travel on.

Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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