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Is there still an official record of my expired passport?

Question: Hello. I'm applying for a new passport because my former one expired years ago. I can't find my old passport to use it as identification, so I was wondering whether there is a record somewhere of the old passport that I could have someone look up. (It's tricky for me to just use my birth certificate because my last name was changed--but not legally--when I was 6 years old.)


Answer: You can apply for a passport record. There is a fee of $150 and it can take up to six weeks to get it. However, you cannot use a passport record as evidence of U.S. citizenship.

If your birth certificate does not show your current legal name and you have not applied for a name change court order, then you can present 3 or more public records that show the exclusive use of your name for at least 5 years. You may also be required to appear with someone who can serve as a witness to your identity.

For a complete list of requirements, click the link below.

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DS-11/Proof of citizenship
by: James

Question: How about clear, color photocopy of my previous passport identification page (with document number, name, date of birth, etc. etc.)? Wouldn't that be at least proof that I was issued a passport book in the past?

Answer: While it proves that you were issued a passport in the past, a photocopy of your old passport's data page will not suffice as evidence of U.S. citizenship in order to obtain a new U.S. passport.

File search/DS-11
by: John

Question: So the only way to use the file search option to prove citizenship is when you submit a DS-11 with it (you must file a DS-11 for a new passport if you can no longer produce the old one)?

Answer: Yes.

Lost passport still on record
by: U.S Citizen

Question: I lost my passport in Ireland in 1996. I obtained a new one in France. To this day I still have to endure secondary border checks because of that lost passport. How do I get that lost passport off of my record.

Answer: The passport record cannot be expunged but it should not cause any issues at border crossings. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.

Need Info
by: Elizabeth

Question: I had a passport issued in 2003 or 2004 and never used it but I cannot find it. I have to get a passport to fly in 2018 to Florida. Can I get a new one? If so how?

Answer: Since you cannot submit the passport for a renewal, you need to apply for a new passport.

Applications for new passports need to be submitted in person at a nearby acceptance facility. Please prepare the following for submission:

1. Form DS-11 (completed but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Proof of identity
4. Photocopy of ID
5. One passport photo
6. Payment for fees

Renew my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired when I was 7 years. I am going be 18 in a month. What should I do to renew my passport?

Answer: Passports issued when one was a minor cannot be renewed. You need to apply for a new passport by submitting the following in person at an acceptance facility.

1. Form DS-11 (completed but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate)
3. Proof of identity
4. Photocopy of ID
5. One passport photo
6. Payment for fees

If you cannot submit a primary ID like a driver's license, you may submit a combination of secondary proofs of identity.

Can't find expired passport
by: Deborah Tidmore

Question: I got my last passport in the early 90's. Is there a record of the number?

Answer: Passport records are protected by the Privacy Act. You may request for a file search in writing in order to access such information. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for further assistance.

Named changed
by: Anonymous

Question: It's been over 25 yrs and I need to apply for new passport but I can't find it. My last name has changed to a different married name. What should I do?

Answer: You may apply for a new passport without submitting the old one since it has been more than 15 years.

You need the following:

1. Form DS-11 (completed but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Proof of identity with current legal name
4. Photocopy of identity
5. One passport photo
6. Payment for fees

You need to apply in person and submit your documents to a passport agent an a nearby acceptance facility.

The feds took my passport while I was on probation.
by: Anonymous

Question: The federal government took my passport while I was on probation. Probation is over and my passport has expired. Can I still get a renewed passport or do I have to get a new one?

Answer: Since you cannot submit your passport for a renewal by mail, you need to apply for a new passport in person at a nearby acceptance facility. You will need the following:

1. Form DS-11 (completed but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Proof of identity
4. Photocopy of identity
5. One passport photo
6. Payment for fees

Lost of passport
by: Patrick

Question: I had lost my passport around the year of 1987- 1989. My last place of usage was in Aruba on my way to the United States.

Answer: You do not need to report the loss of your passport since it has long been expired. If you want a replacement, you need to apply for a new passport.

Expired, need renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport was issued in 2003, expired in 2013. I have since changed my name. Can I renew my passport with my marriage license?

Answer: As long as your passport is undamaged and you can submit it with your application, you may apply for a passport renewal by mail. In addition to the renewal requirements, you also need to submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate as proof of legal name change. You cannot use your marriage license.

renewal vs new application
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport just expired a month ago. However I prefer not to mail it in to renew it. Is it okay for me to just apply in person for a brand new passport? there are no facilities near me that do in person passport renewals, only brand new passports.

Answer: Yes, you may apply for a new passport altogether instead of applying for a renewal by mail.

Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: You said it has been 15 years but it has only been 7 years. My passport expired in 2010. So, from then to now it is only 7 years. So, I am in the 15 year range. So, I just do renewal with my documents right?

Answer: The 15 years count from the date of issue of your passport not the date of expiration. If your passport expired in 2010, it was issued in 2000. That is more than 15 years ago. You must apply in person.

Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired 2010. I still have it. Can I file for renewal and just send in my old passport and my divorce decree and my new marriage documents?

Answer: Since your passport was issued more than 15 years ago, you must apply in person at an application acceptance facility. Visit the following web page for new passport instructions.

Since your previously-issued passport is in a different name than the one you currently use, you also need to submit evidence of the name change.

Passport renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my passport is expired last 2011 and I am abroad. I want to renew it. What are the requirement and how much is the fee to renew it.

Answer: Please visit the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general for passport application instructions and fee schedule.

Passport Application Question
by: Anonymous

Question: When applying in person for an expired passport that was issued over 15 years ago, what should you say on the application when it asks if you've ever been issued a passport?

Answer: Yes

Expired Passport
by: sal liggieri

Question: Passport was issued in 1984 and has expired a long time ago. I can't find the passport book so do I apply for new one?

Answer: You need to appear at a passport application acceptance facility in order to apply for a new passport. Even if you had the passport, it was issued more than 15 years ago and, therefore, could not be used to renew a passport by mail.

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