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24/01/2009 – Can I Get A Second Passport? Well, Maybe…
Since writing about requesting extra pages for a passport earlier this month in this post: 6/1/2009 – My Passport Is Full, What Do I Do Now? , I have received a quite few enquiries from travelers asking how to acquire a second passport.
The answer to this question varies widely from country to country, so I am only able to address this issue directly for those holding passports from the United States of America.
Obtaining a duplicate passport used to be fairly easy. Like everything else technology makes this more difficult, and the needs for stricter international security has created more challenging terms to determine who is eligible for a second passport.
You might wonder why someone needs a second passport, and the answers are quite simple
A) Requiring a visa to a foreign country that will not issue a visa to you if you have visited another foreign country. Such as Saudi Arabia will not issue a visa to anyone with an entry stamp into Israel.
B) Travel security. Traveling in unstable or hostile nations and not wanting the immigrations officers to know other places you may have been, such as nations they are feuding with.
In general the United States Passport Service only issues second passports on an individual basis. This case-by-case basis is determined based upon the justified reasons cited by the person applying for a second passport. The second passport is only valid for a period of two years.
In order to apply for a second passport, you must submit a DS-82 form along with your current passport and two passport photographs. Along with these documents you must turn in a detailed written request from your employer or organization explaining the need for a second valid passport, along with an official affidavit signed in the presence of a State Department, or Consular, Officer attesting to the legitimate use of the second passport.
Finding direct information for the requesting of a second passport is not as easy as one might think on the US State Department’s Passport web site, however there is very clear and detailed information on the website for the Embassy of The United States in London, England (just click HERE).
For those of you, who are not U.S. Passport holders, check with your home country for their individual rules on issuing second passports.