Limited Validity Passport Issuance
A limited validity passport is a passport that was issued with less
than the normal, full validity. If you were issued one outside of the
United States, it was likely an emergency limited validity passport to
replace a lost or stolen full-validity passport allowing you to
continue your travels and get home. U.S. embassies
around the world have the authority to issue these emergency passports to U.S. citizens in need.
If you received a limited validity passport while residing within the
United States, chances are you were going through a process such as
naturalization or gender reassignment, or you had some type of identity
documentation deficiency that prevented you from qualifying at the
moment for a full-validity passport. Limited validity passports, no
matter why they were issued, are always considered temporary in nature.
If you have been issued a limited validity passport, the
expectation is that you will replace it with a full-validity passport
although you are not required to; you can simply let it expire and
apply when you want to travel abroad again. If you are ready to replace
a limited-validity with a full-validity passport, the process depends
on the circumstances of when and where it was issued.
If yours is an emergency passport
issued outside the United States, you are encouraged to replace it with a full-validity passport
as soon as possible. You cannot receive two emergency passports back to
back, so if something happens to the one you currently have, you will
not be issued another one. You will be required to apply for a
full-validity passport. This can take up to 6 weeks from the United
States and about 15 working days to process through an embassy or
To apply for a full-validity passport in these circumstances,
where it has been less than a year that you were issued your emergency
passport, you need to submit a completed Form DS-5504
Along with this form, you need to send in your limited validity
passport and a color passport photo. On the last page of your emergency
passport, if it says it was issued under 22 CFR 51.41, you also need to
send proof of citizenship. If it says it was issued under 22 CFR 51.28,
it means you must also submit proof of identity. There is no fee unless
you choose to have your full-validity passport expedited
If your limited validity passport was issued domestically, and you are
applying for a full-validity passport, you will need Form DS-5504, one
color passport photo, your limited validity passport, and evidence of
name change, gender change, or U.S. citizenship, depending on the
reason you have a limited validity passport. There is no fee for this
service during the first year, or if it is due to citizenship or gender
reassignment, then two years.
If you were issued an emergency passport outside the U.S. more than one year but fewer than 15 years ago, then you need to apply for renewal
Submit Form DS-82, your limited validity passport, a color photo, and
the $110 renewal fee; no execution fee is required. If you let the
limited validity passport expire, or if your domestically-issued
limited validity passport is beyond the one-year limit for name change
or two-year limit for gender reassignment or citizenship, then you will
need to apply for a new passport
with Form DS-11, all the supporting documents and fees, and your limited validity passport.
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