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Document Requirements

  • You are able to submit your currently valid U.S. passport.
  • Your current valid US passport is not heavily damaged or mutilated.
  • You can document that you have a need for two valid U.S. passports. In certain situations, the US government will issue a second passport (valid for four years) to U.S. citizens. Generally, this second passport is either issued to travelers that travel so frequently they need to have one at a consulate or embassy obtaining visas while traveling with the other - OR - it is issued to travelers that travel to Israel and also have to travel to Arab countries that would have a conflict with the Isreali stamp. If either of these situations applies to you, then you could be eligible for a second U.S. passport.
                                    UPDATE: SECOND U.S. PASSPORTS ARE NOW VALID FOR 4 YEARS.

Due to current capacity backlog with the US Passport Agency please contact us at [email protected] before creating or sending an order for our 10 Day Emergency service to confirm schedule of availability.
Did you know that U.S. citizens can hold two valid U.S. passports at the same time? If you are a frequent international traveler who doesn’t have time to get visas before you leave for your next trip, or if you need to travel to a country that won’t allow you to enter if you have Israel stamps in your passport, you can get a second U.S. passport. These are also called “second valid passports” or “two year passports” because until May 2016 they were limited to two year validity. Effective May 2016 second valid passports will be valid for four years.

Second U.S. passports are a great option for frequent international travelers.
You must submit your most recently issued valid primary (10 year) passport. Along with an expired or expiring second valid passport if you have already obtained a second passport and are renewing it.

Whether applying for a first time second passport or renewing an expired or expiring second passport you must also submit your regular 10 year passport.
Please send 1 recent professional passport type photograph.

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Non-passport photograph type are not acceptable.

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Click here to print the Authorization Letter

Letter MUST have an original signature; faxes, scans, photocopies, etc are NOT accepted by the United States Passport Agency.

Note: You MUST hand write Travel Document Systems in the space labeled Courier Company Name on the Authorization Letter above.

Explanation for the need for a Second Valid Passport

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Letter signed by the applicant addressed to the Passport Agency explaining why a second passport is necessary.
Approval of the issue of a second valid passport is determined solely by the US Passport Agency, based on the applicant's need for the passport

Proof of Departure from the USA can be any of the following:

A copy of your airline ticket or flight itinerary from your travel agent, airline, or online booking company. It is not required for the Proof of Departure to be purchased only that it will confirm your travel intentions. A print out of the confirmation email that you are emailed after booking a flight is ideal.

A signed letter detailing your business travel.
A signed letter detailing that your job requires you to travel frequently and with short notice.
Please follow this letter format.

A signed letter explaining that you will be driving to Canada and or Mexico.
Please follow this letter format.

DS-82: Application for New Passport. 

The US Passport Agency has introduced an Online based application form, this Online style application must be used in all expediting cases. Failure to use this Online application may cause delays in processing times. TIP: This Online application has replaced "Hand Written" applications, YOU ARE NOT APPLYING ONLINE you are only completing the questions by typing them onto the application the US State Department web site 'Wizard' will walk you through the application. The last page of the application is a Print summary page, please scroll to the bottom left corner of this page and CLICK CREATE FORM you will then be able to print (single sided only) and sign (in blue or black ink only) your application. Note: The application Wizard will ask you to select fees, shipping and processing options. Select any options to complete the form, no payments will be made and options selected will have no effect on the actual service provided by Travel Document Systems. The Wizard is simply designed to assist the general public in calculating fees for traditional mail in applications. A correctly formatted application should have a BAR CODE on the top left corner, and DS-82 printed on the bottom left of the application. To view a correctly formatted application form please Click Here

If you are applying for a regular passport book only, please mark the box on your U.S. passport renewal application next to "Passport Book". If you also want to apply for a Passport Card you should also mark the box next "Passport Card". There is an additional $30.00 U.S government fee for the Passport Card. The U.S. Passport Cards cannot be expedited at this time and take approximately 2-3 weeks to be issued, the Passport Card will be processed separately from your regular passport book (in about 2-3 weeks) then mailed to you directly by First Class mail from the U.S. Passport Agency.

The U.S. Passport Card increases speed and efficiency to meet the new travel requirements for land and sea border crossings of nearby countries.

An extra form of official government ID which will conveniently fit in your wallet.
     Use your Passport Card to travel by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, Bahamas
  and the Caribbean without your bulky Passport Book.
   The passport card is valid for 10 years.
Same Day Processing "OMG! I Gotta Go" is by appoinment only.
Please call Traveldocs to check the availability of this option, so we can schedule an appointment with the U.S. Passport Agency on your behalf. (A personal appearance at the U.S. Passport Agency or Traveldocs is not required).. Call Now. 800-874-5100.

Shipping Instructions

Please forward a printed copy of your order confirmation and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
1625 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Local Phone Number: 202-638-3800

Urgent applications should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

Once your order is complete, your Passport will be returned to you via FedEx Overnight.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $36.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $39.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
International Price
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