A Quick Way To Replace A Damaged Passport

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Let's be honest, many of us have enjoyed an adult getaway that has literally been too much fun. The return to the real world is painful enough and then discovering that using your passport as a drink coaster for a solid week was not the great idea it seemed at the time.

If the damage is severe, the passport will need to be replaced before it is time to vacation again. Hopefully, other personal identification items survived the journey in better shape as you will likely need some additional proof of identity to replace an illegible damaged passport.

The first step is to go online and find the closest acceptance agent to you. You will need to provide documents to then in person and they will then witness these and put all of the needed paperwork in a sealed envelope. Naturally, one of the requirements is to complete an attractively named federal form (DS-11,) which is the official US application for a passport. You can find this form online, along with federal document two, DS-64, the nitty gritty document where the damaged passport owner explains the circumstances of the document ended up in its damaged condition at the State Department's website.

Download these two forms, print it and complete it before heading to the acceptance facility. Do not sign either form until the in person meeting with the acceptance agent and do not date the forms any more than five days prior to seeing the acceptance agent. Failure to heed either of these requirements will likely result in returning to start, an unhappy place to be.

While some acceptance facilities have copies of the forms on hand, starting them over again is one hassle that is easy to avoid. The forms can be completed online or on print copies, neatness does count. Double-check your work to be sure all items are filled in as required.

It is time to dig out your original or duly authorized proof that you are in fact a U.S. citizen, albeit one who allowed their passport to become damaged. Be prepared to smile for the camera twice before heading into the acceptance center. Two copies of your favorite tiny head shot, no more than two inches square are needed for the replacement passport.

Even if the photo was not included in the passport mutilation that led you to this place, identical new full face photos are required and they are not to be more than six months old. Many people opt to do the photos themselves if they are adept at photo shop type software. Many built in laptop cameras can take an adequate picture as long as the background is white. Getting passport photos taken at a passport expediting firm or local copy shop is also relatively inexpensive and quick.

With all of these documents assembled and completed as directed, the next step is to go to the acceptance center to present your information and have it duly witnessed as you receive the golden nod of acceptance to sign both forms. In return for a check or money order of $135 made out to US Department of State, the agent will seal your envelope and send you on your way to chose how you wish to submit this personally identifiable information.

As many acceptance centers are in post offices, one option is to mail it yourself. While this is the least expensive, a wise person coughs up the extra costs involved in certified or other traceable mailing options.. It is suggested that those doing the mailing themselves protect their official sealed envelope in a weather resistant mailer as well as pay ahead for priority return service directly to a home address.

Because of the somewhat minor but annoying mailing requirements, many people opt to leave their damaged passport processing to professionals with the additional bonus of being able to choose expedited processing times. Naturally, there are fees for these services, but many find the time and aggravation factor reduction to be well worth the costs. This is especially true for those prone to procrastination. There are numerous passport businesses online serving all areas of the country.

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