Almost Out of Blank Visa Pages in Your Passport Book? Here's How to Fix That
Running out of visa pages? No more room for visa stamps in your passport?
Up until the beginning of 2016, American citizens could apply to have more pages added to a passport. That is no longer possible. This service was discontinued for security reasons.
Anyone who needs more pages will now have to get a new passport. For applicants whose passport was issued to them at age 16 or older, this means submitting passport renewal form DS-82
along with the previously-issued passport, photo and payment.
Those who received their passport at age 15 or younger will have to apply in person at a passport application acceptance facility. This requires the submission of form DS-11
, supporting document and payment for fees.
The fact that you need to add visa pages to your passport is a good indicator that you travel frequently. If this is true, you will probably want to check the box on the application to receive the larger, 52-page book
rather than the standard, 24-page version.
You probably have a lot of visa stamps, too. Don't worry, your old passport will be mailed back
to you unless you submit a request for it to be destroyed. We recommend you don't do that. Even if it does not have sentimental value to you, it serves as evidence of citizenship and identity. If you ever lose your new passport, it can be submitted to get a new one.
While it is no longer possible to get visa pages added to an old passport, you can get a new passport with lots of pages for you to fill up with new visa stamps
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