Extend Passport Validity Instructions

Extend Passport Validity Checklist

 This service is ONLY for applicants with a full-fee U.S. passport book that was limited in validity, and was issued less than one year ago. Also the last page of your passport book should have instructions to indicate you may apply for a passport validity extension. If this is NOT you, please apply for a NEW PASSPORT
1. COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM (DS-5504) (click here)

• Fill out the DS-5504 (Extend Validity Application form) online.
• Print out completed application form
• Sign and date application form

TIP: The Social Security Number is now required for all passport applications. Failure to include the SSN will cause your passport application to be delayed or denied. If the applicant has never received their SSN, please print and complete this form

2. COMPLETE PASSPORT LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION 

IMPORTANT: Please call or email us for the REQUIRED Letter of Authorizationsupport@fastportpassport.com(link sends e-mail) or call 877-910-7277

3. SUBMIT VALID PASSPORT
• Your passport must still be valid AND the expiration date must be greater than one year away
• On the back page of your passport it must say extension of your passport may be approved.
4. PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP

• Provide one original document (not a copy) from the following:

Acceptable Documents:
- Original U.S. Birth Certificate (to obtain, click here)
- Certified copy of U.S. Birth Certificate (to obtain, click here)
- Original Naturalization Certificate
- U.S. Passport

IMPORTANT: DOCUMENTS THAT ARE MUTILATED ALTERED, OR DAMAGED WILL BE REJECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

5. PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS
  • Provide one new passport photo (2”x2”).
  • We highly recommend using the Passport Photo Creator mobile app. Download this app for free on your iOS or Android device. This easy-to-use app lets you take your own photo and will verify if your photo is compliant with the passport photo requirements set by the U.S. Department of State Passport Agency. Once you are satisfied with your passport photo, you can print to any of the 8000 Walgreens locations near you in less than one hour. You will only pay for the photo when you pick it up at your local Walgreens ($13.99). An unacceptable passport photo is the #1 reason passports are rejected or delayed. The Passport Photo Creator will help eliminate passport photo rejections.
  • Handwrite your full name in pencil on the backside of your passport photo. 
  • The passport photo must be taken within the past 6 months and cannot be a photo of another person.

Passport Photo Requirements:

The Passport Photo Creator mobile app will help you take a perfect passport photo. Utilizing biometric facial recognition software, your passport photo will show real-time compliance checks to ensure your passport photo will be accepted. The app will verify the following Passport Photo Requirements: Eyeglasses must be removed. Recent Color Photo taken in last six months. 2x2 inches in size (51mm x 51mm). Photo Quality Paper. Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches. Plain white or off-white background. Neutral facial expression (no smiles!) directly facing the camera. Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily. No hats or head covering that covers hair or hairline, unless worn daily for religious purposes. Face must be visible with no shadows being cast on face. No headphones or similar items can be worn. Hearing devices normally worn may be included. Dark glasses or tinted lenses non-prescription glasses are not allowed. If they are a medical need, then you may need to provide medical certification.

6. PROOF OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

• Provide two copies of one of the following travel documents below proving your international travel within 14 days of this application submission:

Acceptable Proof of Foreign travel:
- Plane ticket
- Travel itinerary from a travel agent or online booking (E-Ticket)
- Business letter from your employer. click here for a sample business letter

7. GOVERNMENT FEES

• Make one check or money order payable to "US Department of State" for $60.00
(this is the government processing fee)

- Be sure to include your date of birth on the check
- Starter Checks and 3rd-Party Checks will NOT be accepted.


SHIPPING

Any forms with a signature and date field MUST be completed with your signature and date. Failure to sign and date your DS application or LOA will delay your processing. 

Send documents to:

Attention Passport Dept.
1318 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn NY 11230

 

Any Questions? Please Call Us Immediately: 877-910-7277