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Washed my husband's passport

by Barbara
(Austin, TX 78756)

Question: I washed my husband's passport, and it is all crinkled. It has not expired. What is the replacement process? Is it OK to use for a trip we have scheduled for July if the replacement is not received by that time?

Answer: Damaged passports cannot be used for travel nor can they be submitted in order to replace a passport. Your husband needs to apply for a new passport using Form DS-11. This requires that he appear before an authorized passport agent to take an oath and sign the form.

Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks. You can request expedited service to get the passport in 2-3 weeks. If you need to passport sooner, you have two options.

One, you can schedule an appointment at one of the regional agencies in Texas. There is one in Dallas and another in Houston. For more details click the appropriate link below.

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Houston Passport Agency

If you need the passport fast but are unable to travel to one of the agencies, you can authorize a professional passport expediter to submit the application for you. To get your husband's passport as quickly as the same day, click the link below.

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High demand and mailing delays are impacting how long it takes to get a passport.

  • Standard service is currently taking between 7 and 10 weeks.
  • Expedited service is currently taking between 3 to 5 weeks.

NOTE: Processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

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