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Can I keep the visa pages from my current passport?

by Lauren
(Lombard, IL USA)

Question: I have visa stamps from really cool countries, and I would hate to lose them when I have to mail in my old passport. I need a new passport because I got married. Is there anything I can do to keep them?


Answer: If you want to know if you can remove the visa pages in your passport before mailing in it, the answer is "No".

Your old passport will be returned to you after you application is processed. Usually, the new passport and the old passport are mailed separately so they may not arrive on the same day.

For greater security, you are encouraged to use a secure means of packaging, such as a Tyvek envelope. It is also recommended that you mail your passport application and any personal documents using a traceable delivery method. For complete instructions, click the link below.

Apply for Passport Name Change

If you still feel uncomfortable in mailing your old passport, then you can apply for a new passport using Form DS-11. This is the form that is used by those who either need to obtain a first-time passport or who are unable to submit their old passport.

Using form DS-11 does require you appear before an authorized passport agent. For more information, click the link below.

How to Get a New Passport

For a list of passport application acceptance facilities where you can submit the form in Illinois, click the link below.

Illinois Passport Offices

If you need to get the name changed or get a new passport fast (less than two weeks), you can apply at the regional agency or through a professional expediter. For details, click the links below.

Chicago Passport Agency

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Cool places visited, photo that visa page from your old passport and paste them among the photos you saved from the trip

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Expedited service takes from 5 to 7 weeks exluding mailing times on the front and back end. Mailing delays may be significant so requesting 1-2-day mailing may greatly help.

Regional passport agencies are offering extremely limited in-person services if you need to travel internationally in the next 5 business days. Those with qualified life-or-death emergencies are prioritized.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 5 business days.

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment:

Mondays through Fridays 8 AM to 5PM, call ET 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, 202-647-4000

You can schedule your appointment up to 2 weeks before your international travel but the date of your appointment must be within 5 business days of your international travel. If you need a foreign visa, the date of your appointment must be within 10 business days of your international travel.

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