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Damaged Passport Overview:
- A damaged passport is invalid and cannot be used for international travel.
- How do I know if my passport is damaged?
According to the US government, a passport is considered damaged and may not be used if “The passport has been materially changed in physical appearance or composition, or contains a damaged, defective or otherwise nonfunctioning chip, or includes unauthorized changes, obliterations, entries or photographs, or has observable wear or tear that renders it unfit for use as a travel document, and the Department either takes possession of the passport or sends a written notice to the bearer.”
- You must visit a Passport Acceptance Facility for all damaged passport renewal applications
When Do I Need to Replace My Passport Due to Damage?
The regulations about what constitutes enough damage to a passport that it needs to be replaced are subjective. Therefore, we encourage US citizens to replace their passport if there are any questions at all about its usability. Obtaining a new passport is certainly better than having to cancel an international trip at the last minute! You should consider replacing your passport if:
- It is torn in any way
- The binding has come loose or is frayed
- Water damage has resulted in faded pages
- The RFID chip is clearly damaged
What Do I Need to Apply for a New Passport Due to Damage?
- Damaged Passport
- Passport Application Form
- Statement about the Damaged Passport
- Passport Photograph
- Proof of Identity
- Proof of Citizenship
- Passport Fees
How Long Does It Take to Get a New Passport?
It takes 3-6 weeks to get a new passport using standard government channels. If you need your passport in a shorter amount of time, you can use an authorized Passport Expediter, like Passport Health Passports and Visas, to submit the application for a replacement passport on your behalf. We can get you a new passport is as little as 1-3 business days!
Passport Health – Damaged Passport
“Your staff was very knowledgeable about what was needed to replace my damaged passport. Thank you so much!”
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