How to Obtain a Second Passport

Written by laura rupert garcia
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Obtaining a second passport is easier than the first time around. Once your first passport expires it is easy to renew because all you have to do is fill out the renewal form and mail it off. There are a few things you need to do to ensure your passport renewal goes smoothly. Read on to learn how to obtain a second passport.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Renewal form
  • Passport photos
  • Fees
  • Expired passport

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    Complete form DS-82. If you need a second passport because your first one expired or your name changed, then you need to use form DS-82. You can pick this form up at your local post office or you can download it from the Department of State's website. Fill out the form accurately, taking your time and ensuring your writing is legible. You can also fill the form out online and print it.

  2. 2

    Once you have completed the form DS-82 you need to send it to the passport processing centre for your state with passport photos, fee and old passport. If you have lost your old passport you will need to report it so it can be remove validation. If you do have your passport you need to send it in. The validation will be removed, hole punched, and returned to you. Any documents you send with your application will be returned to you in most cases as well.

  3. 3

    Mail the passport renewal application. Look for the address where you should mail your passport renewal application on the DS-82 form. Make sure you include all the necessary documentation and that you have included the proper fees. If you are requesting expedited service you will need to include that fee in the check or money order you send.

  4. 4

    Expect a processing time of four to six weeks. You can check the current processing times on the Department of State's website, however it usually takes somewhere between four and six weeks to process and return your passport to you. You can also keep track of your passport's processing times by checking out the passport processing link on the website. Your passport will arrive in the mail and any documentation you sent will be sent in a separate envelope.

Tips and warnings

  • Apply for your renewal passport in advance.
  • Beware of websites and companies claiming to offer passport services.

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