Amend a Passport

Effective September 26, 2005, as an additional security enhancement, we can no longer amend valid passports. Instead, customers requesting name changes, extension of validity for limited passports or correction of a printing error must apply for a new passport.

If the change is within one year after issuance, you must submit a U.S. Passport Re-Application form (DS 5504), together with the passport that needs the change, the documentation required, and new passport photos. There will be no charge for routine processing.

If the change is more than one year after issuance, customers will need to submit an Application for Passport by Mail (DS-82), together with the passport that needs the change, the documentation to show why and how the change is required and new pictures. The cost includes the $70 application fee and $40 security surcharge, for a total of $110 for routine processing. Of course, if the requested data change is due to a printing error by Passport Services, there will be no charge.

All of these forms are available online at http://travel.state.gov/. The Passport Amendment/Validation Form (DS-19), previously used to amend passports, is no longer valid. For more information on applying for a U.S. passport, forms, and a wealth of other international travel information, please visit travel.gov website.