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Reasons for Getting 

a Second Passport

If you’re like most people, having one passport is all you need to accomplish your international travel goals. You can enjoy faraway vacations, travel for business, and apply for visas. However, there are some circumstances where your existing passport won’t suffice when traveling to a foreign country. Here are some situations where you may need to apply for a second passport:

Your current passport has stamps that may prevent you from obtaining a visa or entering certain foreign countries

Sometimes, you may need to travel through countries that are not on friendly terms with each other. If your current passport contains certain stamps, you may have a hard time getting the visas you need to enter each foreign country.

For example, some Middle Eastern countries won’t allow people to enter if they have passport stamps from Israel. Fortunately, you can bypass these obstacles by applying for a second passport. Your new passport will come with blank pages that are free of any problematic stamps.

You need to apply for multiple visas in a short timeframe

If you have several international trips lined up back-to-back, you may need to apply for multiple visas within a short period of time. During each visa application, you’ll have to send your physical passport in for processing. While your passport is being processed in one visa application, you won’t be able to use it in another one.
Fortunately, if you get a second passport, you can apply for multiple visas at once. This can help you get all the visas you need within a short timeframe. Many airline employees and multinational company employees use second passports for this reason.

You need a valid passport for urgent international travel

Sometimes, you may be called out of the country unexpectedly. Maybe you’re faced with a life-or-death emergency and need immediate medical care. Or maybe you need to attend an urgent business meeting.
But what if your passport is currently being processed in a visa application? If the visa application form is delayed or taking too long, you can apply for a second passport in the meantime. With expedited processing, you may be able to get this second passport much sooner than you’d get your primary passport back.

You need to travel to a restricted area or country that requires special validation

US passports don’t grant you entry into every country. Some locations are restricted for health and safety concerns. For example, your passport may not work in countries that are at war with the US or that present an imminent risk of danger to US travelers.
However, if you have a valid reason to travel to these destinations, you can apply for special validation for your passport. You may be eligible for special validation if you are a professional reporter, a Red Cross representative, or someone pursuing a compelling humanitarian mission. If your special validation application is approved, you’ll receive a second valid passport that will work in the restricted area you’re planning on visiting.

Your current passport has stamps that may prevent you from obtaining a visa or entering certain foreign countries

Sometimes, you may need to travel through countries that are not on friendly terms with each other. If your current passport contains certain stamps, you may have a hard time getting the visas you need to enter each foreign country.

For example, some Middle Eastern countries won’t allow people to enter if they have passport stamps from Israel. Fortunately, you can bypass these obstacles by applying for a second passport. Your new passport will come with blank pages that are free of any problematic stamps.

You need to apply for multiple visas in a short timeframe

If you have several international trips lined up back-to-back, you may need to apply for multiple visas within a short period of time. During each visa application, you’ll have to send your physical passport in for processing. While your passport is being processed in one visa application, you won’t be able to use it in another one.
Fortunately, if you get a second passport, you can apply for multiple visas at once. This can help you get all the visas you need within a short timeframe. Many airline employees and multinational company employees use second passports for this reason.

You need a valid passport for urgent international travel

Sometimes, you may be called out of the country unexpectedly. Maybe you’re faced with a life-or-death emergency and need immediate medical care. Or maybe you need to attend an urgent business meeting.
But what if your passport is currently being processed in a visa application? If the visa application form is delayed or taking too long, you can apply for a second passport in the meantime. With expedited processing, you may be able to get this second passport much sooner than you’d get your primary passport back.

You need to travel to a restricted area or country that requires special validation

US passports don’t grant you entry into every country. Some locations are restricted for health and safety concerns. For example, your passport may not work in countries that are at war with the US or that present an imminent risk of danger to US travelers.
However, if you have a valid reason to travel to these destinations, you can apply for special validation for your passport. You may be eligible for special validation if you are a professional reporter, a Red Cross representative, or someone pursuing a compelling humanitarian mission. If your special validation application is approved, you’ll receive a second valid passport that will work in the restricted area you’re planning on visiting.

How Do Second Passports Differ From Primary Passports?

In most ways, primary and secondary passports look exactly the same. However, your second passport will have a unique passport number and a special endorsement code that shows it’s a duplicate. This way, both you and the travel authorities can tell it apart from your primary passport.

Additionally, second passports are only valid for up to four years, rather than the standard ten.

Our Simple, Convenient Process

Select your desired passport service

Fill out a simple form from any device

Follow our simple and customized instructions

Receive your new passport at your home!


Select your desired passport service

Fill out a simple form from any device

Follow our simple and customized instructions

Receive your new passport at your home!

Frequently Asked Questions

When Can I Expect My Passport?

You can expect to receive a status update 14 days after your application is filed. Typically, an expedited passport will take 4-6 weeks to process, ship, and arrive; however, it could take up to 12 weeks due to extenuating circumstances. If you have an international trip planned, be sure to apply at least six months in advance.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost to apply for a new passport depends on the passport type and your age. The passport fee through the government varies by type and is as follows:

  • Passport book (adult) – $145
  • Passport book (minor) – $115
  • Passport card (adult) – $30
  • Passport card (minor) – $15
  • Passport card and book (adult) – $175
  • Passport card and book (minor) – $130
How Do I Receive My Passport?

Your passport and relevant documents may arrive in multiple shipments, depending on the types you requested. For example:

  • Passport book or card – Your passport book or card and your citizenship documents may come in two separate mailings within ten days of each other.
  • Passport book and passport card – Your documents, card, and book may arrive in three individual mailings. The second and third packages should arrive within ten days of the first.

Why GOV+

As you can see, there are many scenarios where having a second passport can come in handy. However, applying for one can be a hassle. If you want to make the process easier and forgo the headache, GOV+ can help. At GOV+, we can help you with your second passport application process from start to finish. We’ve combined our expert customer service team with a cloud-based digital solution to eliminate the hassle. All you have to do is use our smart, cloud-based platform to provide a few details and we'll take care of the rest. As a reliable government resource, you can trust us to get you your second passport with ease.

Ultra-quick customer service

Get fast, accurate answers to all of your questions at every step. With average 30 second hold times and efficient conversations, you’ll be on your way in no time.

Real-time status updates

No more waiting and wondering about your form’s status. GOV+ offers instant updates and customizable alerts, from the moment of filing to final outcome.

Tailored Transactions

GOV+ technology eliminates needless busywork with forms and applications that adapt to you. Your situation is unique, and you deserve a simple, personalized experience.

Ultra-quick customer service

Get fast, accurate answers to all of your questions at every step. With average 30 second hold times and efficient conversations, you’ll be on your way in no time.

Real-time status updates

No more waiting and wondering about your form’s status. GOV+ offers instant updates and customizable alerts, from the moment of filing to final outcome.

Tailored Transactions

GOV+ technology eliminates needless busywork with forms and applications that adapt to you. Your situation is unique, and you deserve a simple, personalized experience.

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