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How do I affix my photos to the application for a passport renewal?

by Gail
(Montclair, NJ)

Question: I am sending in my application on Monday January 25 via Federal Express at the end of the day and would like the answers to the questions above:


Do I clip or staple the photos to the application for a passport book renewal?

How do I answer question no. 10 about most recent passport book --do I put in the passport number?

Answer: How to Affix Passport Photo to Application Gail,

First of all, only one photo is required. Previously, two passport photos were required. This is no longer the rule.

When affixing passport photo to Form DS-82, you should to the following.

Staple the passport photo to the application. Use the word "Staple" on the application as a guide. Do not bend the photo.

As for question 10 on the form, you write your most recent passport number.

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