How to Update Passport Information

How to Update Passport Information
No matter what your passion is, whether it's surfing during the winter in Australia, hiking in Europe or mountaineering in Asia, there's one document that is necessary: an up-to-date passport. There's no chance of legally getting on a plane to go overseas without the proper travel document. The passport is your proof of who you are. It's best to keep it up to date. Luckily, the process for updating passport information is very simple.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Passport that needs changing Two new passport photos (if passport is more than 90 days old) Legal proof of name change Form DS-5504 if name was printed incorrectly or name change occurred within a year Form DS-82 if passport is more than a year old Passport fees (check or money order preferred) Padded envelope
  • Passport that needs changing
  • Two new passport photos (if passport is more than 90 days old)
  • Legal proof of name change
  • Form DS-5504 if name was printed incorrectly or name change occurred within a year
  • Form DS-82 if passport is more than a year old
  • Passport fees (check or money order preferred)
  • Padded envelope
Step 1
Determine the form you need. If your passport needs to be changed because of the information being incorrect, you will need form DS-5504. You will also need this form if you changed your name within a year of getting the passport. If neither of these is the case, you'll need to reapply for your passport with form DS-82.
Step 2
Fill out the form. Both types of forms ask for similar categories of information: name, date of birth, Social Security number, address, name change status, physical characteristics, occupation and travel plans.
Step 3
Check your documents. Make sure your proof of name change is a legal document such as a marriage certificate or court order. Your two passport photos should meet the standards; photos are required if it has been more than 90 days since your passport was issued. Your current passport shouldn't be damaged beyond recognition.
Step 4
Apply for the new passport. Send the completed form in with the previous passport, the passport fees, the passport photos and the documentation of the name change in the envelope to the National Passport Processing Center in Philadelphia, P.O. Box 90155. There is no fee required with form DS-5504 unless you request expedited service.
Step 5
Wait for your new passport. Regular service takes four to six weeks, while expedited service is about half that, at two to three weeks.

Tips & Warnings

 
Go to your local passport office if you have questions.

Article Written By Vincent Runyon

Vincent Runyon is a writer working out of Portland, Ore. His work has been featured in "The Oregon Voice" and "Portland Monthly." Runyon received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon. His greatest passions are traveling to new and different places and enjoying a good basketball game. Usually the two are mutually exclusive.

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