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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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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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