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I have an Official Passport and want to get a Regular Passport

by Cedric
(Oak Harbor, Washington, US)

Question: I'm in the military and currently deployed and I received my Official Passport. I want to be able to visit Canada and I can't with and Official Passport since it will not be a visit for Official Business.

I need to know what can I do to get a U.S. Passport in addition to my Official Passport. I would like to be able to travel once I get back to the States. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer: There are three ways you can go about getting your regular tourist passport.

1. See your PAC or S1 shop, they should be able to help you process your application.

2. Visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. Note, it is often necessary to make an appointment.

List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates

3. Wait until you return to the United States and apply at a local passport office to get your passport in as little as 2-3 weeks or at a regional passport agency to get your passport the same day.

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by: Melissa

Question: My kids have their no fee passports and we recently applied for their tourist passports but I received a letter from the processing office saying that they noticed they applied for a passport in 2015 and I should send those to them to finish their application. When I called customer service they said they don't ever ask for military passports back and now I'm just waiting for the processing office to call me and explain what I need to do.

Answer: That is correct. It should not have been necessary to send the no fee passports. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Had Brown Passport
by: Reginald

Question: Hi I have never had a Blue Passport, but I was issued a Brown Official Government Passport for a deployment when I was on active duty 9 years ago. I have since retired from active service and want to obtain a Blue passport. Since I've had the Brown Official Passport will the process be easier to obtain a Blue one? Or will I have to complete the paperwork as if I never had a passport before?

Answer: If your passport was issued less than 15 years ago, you can apply for a passport by mail. Note, however, that your official passport will not be returned to you.

If your passport was issued more than 15 years ago or you want to keep it, you must apply in person for a new passport at an application acceptance facility and present an original or certified copy of your birth certificate as evidence of U.S. citizenship.

Apply for tourist passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I also only have an official passport, and want to get a tourist one. Is my official passport sufficient as documentation for confirming my citizenship? I am having a copy of my birth certificate mailed to me, and don't know how long it will take.

Answer: If you submit your official passport, it will not be returned to you. If you want to keep it, you need to apply for a new passport at an application acceptance facility and submit your birth certificate as evidence of U.S. citizenship.

Official Passport Destroyed, Still Have Blue Passport...
by: Dave

Question: Hi, my most recent passport was an official passport, but I turned it in for destruction when I left the military... Can I still use my previous blue (unofficial) passport for renewal? (it meets all of the other criteria...)

Answer: As long as the passport meets the requirements, you can apply for a renewal by mail.

Same Situation
by: Tom

I have the same situation, I have a government passport and I'm currently deployed in Afghanistan right now, when i get back to the States what am I going to need to get my regular passport? You said if I go to a Regional Issuance office I can get it in one day? Is it because I already have the Government passport?

Thank you very much for the help!



Same day passports are only issued to American citizens who can present evidence of the need to travel urgently. If your flight is more than two weeks away, you cannot apply at a regional agency.

For a regular tourist passport, you must apply in person and submit form DS-11 and all supporting documents. For a complete list, click the link below.

US Passport Requirements


Do you normally need anything besides your official passport?
by: Anonymous

Are there additional requirements besides bringing your official passport?


Requirements for obtaining a new passport include the completed but unsigned form DS-11, evidence of U.S. citizenship, proof of identity, photocopy of ID, two passport photos and payment of fees.


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