Effective September 26, 2005, as an
additional security enhancement, Passport Services will
no longer amend valid passports. Instead, customers requesting
name changes, extension of validity for limited passports,
or correction of a printing error will apply for replacement
If the change is within one year after
issuance, they will submit a U.S. Passport Re-Application
Form (DS 5504), together with the passport that needs the
change, the documentation required, and new passport pictures.
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 required, and new
pictures. The cost includes the $55 application fee and
$12 security surcharge, for a total of $67 for routine processing.
Of course, if the requested data change is due to a printing
error by Passport Services, there will be no charge.
Those only needing to add visa pages to their passports
will submit an Application for Additional Visa Pages (DS-4085).
This service is always free of charge when routine.
If expedited service is requested for any of these changes,
except an error by Passport Services, there will be an additional
charge of $60 per application. The purchase of two-way overnight
delivery remains optional but is recommended if time is
All of these forms will be available online
The Passport Amendment/Validation Form (DS-19), previously
used to amend passports, will no longer be valid. For more
information on applying for a U.S. passport, forms, and
a wealth of other international travel information, please
visit the website at travel.state.gov.