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US VISA TO INDIA: Expedited Damaged Passport Replacement

What is a Replacement Passport? Do I Qualify?

Replacing Your Damaged or Mutilated U.S. Passport:
Information & Requirements Image of a U.S. Passport for Expedited Damaged or Mutilated Passport Replacement Requirements and Information

Need to Replace your Damaged or Mutilated Passport?
Significantly damaged passports are automatically invalidated and can no longer
be used for international travel.

Your passports can see various degrees of normal wear and tear, especially if you
are a frequent traveler and use your passport very often. Things like “Dog eared” pages,
gold emblem worn off of cover, and light moisture damage are usually considered normal wear in which case you can do a standard Passport Renewal.

Rips, tears, punctures, and heavy water damage are definitely considered significant damage
especially if they are found on the main personal data page of the passport. In this case you will
apply for a damaged passport replacement.

Be aware that when you submit a damaged passport application, your old passport will not be returned
to you when new passport is issued. It will be retained and destroyed by the State Department.


Gather together, complete, and ship the following to US Visa to India:

1. APPLICATION: Requirements - Damaged Passport

Complete & print two copies of the Damaged Passport Replacement Application Form DS-11. Extra Document Icon for the State Department DS-11 New or First Time Passport Application Form

Click here to complete the Online
Damaged Passport Replacement Application Form DS-11


  • Do not sign DS-11 Replacement Passport Application until instructed to do so
    during the passport acceptance process (see step #7).
  • Hand filled applications are no longer acceptable. All applicants must complete
    the Online DS-11 Replacement Passport Application through the link State Department above.
  • All dates and signatures must be original and written be in black ink only.
    Copies of signatures and dates or those in colored ink or pencil are not acceptable.
  • The DS-11 Replacement Passport Application must be printed on two separate pages.
    Applications printed on the front and back of a single sheet are not acceptable.
  • The DS-11 application form must be submitted to the Department of State within
    5 business days of the date you complete step #7.


2. PHOTO: Requirements - Damaged Passport

Two Passport Photos.
To be valid for a Damaged Passport Replacement,
your photos must: Passport photo example image showing size and position required for submitting an Expedited Damaged or Mutilated Passport Replacement Application

  • good quality (not blurry or pixelated)
  • in color
  • 2 x 2 in size
  • not more than 90 days old
  • full frontal view with body facing completely forward
  • background plain and white

Photo’s should be taken at a reputable facility.
Suggested are Walgreen’s, CVS, or FedEx Kinko’s.

3. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: Requirements - Damaged Passport

To acquire an Expedited Damaged passport Replacement, you must provide proof of
United States Citizenship. Original documents are required (copies not acceptable).
This should be one of the following:


  • Certified Long Form United States Birth Certificate
  • Expired United States Passport;
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Consular report of birth abroad or certification of birth
4. PROOF OF TRAVEL: Requirements - Damaged Passport

To acquire an Expedited Replacement Passport, provide proof of your
confirmed travel. Image of a Flight Itinerary which is a requirement for Rush Damaged or Mutilated Passport Replacement application submissionThis can be:

  • itinerary
  • Business Letter
  • Hotel Confirmation (if traveling by car)

Travel proof must show the applicant’s name, dates of travel, and general flight information.

5. AUTHORIZATION LETTER: Requirements - Damaged Passport

Complete and print the Passport Agency Authorization letters. Extra Document Icon for Passport Agency letter of Authorization for the Expedited Damaged or Mutilated Passport Replacement Application
These forms allow us to speak and act on your behalf with the State Department.
Please read carefully and fill out completely and correctly to avoid delays.

Click here to complete the
Passport Agency Letter of Authorization

HELPFUL HINT: Many computers are set to automatically open a PDF with Adobe viewer.
To complete the authorization form, download the form, then right click and open with adobe acrobat or reader.


6. EXPLANATION LETTER: Requirements - Damaged Passport

Prepare a short letter explaining the nature and cause of the damage
to your passport. Extra Document Icon for Passport Agency letter of Explanation for the Expedited Damaged or Mutilated Passport Replacement ApplicationPrint two copies, sign, and date.


7. FEES: Requirements: Damaged Passport


The government fee for an expedited damaged passport Replacement is 170.00.

  • Make one check or money order out to “US Department of State” for 170.00;
  • Authorize the 170.00 on the Replacement Passport Order Form to pay with your debit or credit card.


Include a check or money order payable to US Visa to India“
authorize the amount on the Replacement Passport Order Form.

  • Same day processing – 249.00 + return shipping; OR
  • 24-48 hour processing – 199.00 + return shipping; OR
  • 3-5 business days rush processing – 149.00 + return shipping; OR
  • 5-10 business days processing – 99.00 + return shipping


  • Fed Ex Priority Overnight – 35.00;  OR
  • Fed Ex 2nd Day – 25.00;  OR
  • Fed Ex Saturday Delivery – 45.00; OR
  • Fed Ex First Overnight Early am – 65.00;  OR
  • Same day shipping via domestic airline – 125.00;  OR
  • Provide shipping account number or prepaid return envelope – 0.00


8. ACCEPTANCE FACILITY: Requirements - Damaged Passport
Please read this entire section carefully to avoid delays!
The passport applicant must bring all above original Damaged Passport Replacement
documents to a passport acceptance facility (Post Office / County Clerk / Public Library).

Click here to locate nearby
Passport Acceptance Facilities

You must present proof of identity such as a driver’s license (which has been issued for at one year).
Notify the available passport acceptance agent that you will be using an
expediting service to “hand carry” your rush passport application.
A separate $25.00 fee will be charged by the acceptance facility.

You will swear an oath and sign the passport application form in the presence of an
Authorized Federal Agent who will witness your signature and legally seal your documents.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Once sealed, passport documents must be submitted to the passport agency within 5 business days!

Ensure the following items are sealed together::

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of identification (copy of ID)
  • Passport Application Form DS-11
  • One Passport Photo
  • One Explanation Letter
  • One Passport Agency Authorization Letter
  • Proof of Travel
  • Check or Money Order for 170.00 (or 200.00 with card) made out
    to the “US Department of State”

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Before going to the post office, you must do one of the following:

  • upload all passport documents into our system for review. This is done via the
    Secure Online Replacement Passport Order Form below (Step #7) (Recommended);
  • scan and email all passport documents to us at
    for review
  • make copies of the all passport documents and ship together with the
    sealed envelope (Risky! No review of documents)

If documents are not uploaded, emailed, or copies are not in the shipment,
we will be unable to process your application!

9. ORDER FORM & SHIPPING: Requirements - Damaged Passport

US Visa to India Order Form Icon for Expedited Damaged or Mutilated Passport Replacement Application SubmissionComplete the Secure Online Damaged Passport Replacement Order Form.
This form is for:

  • contact information
  • payment information
  • shipping information
  • choosing the level of service needed to meet your intended travel date
  • Uploading your Replacement passport documents for review

Please note you that you will not be charged until all your documents are received and are ready for submission.

Click here to complete the Secure Online
Damaged Passport Replacement Order Form

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For tight deadlines needing Same Day or 24 hour Passport processing,
to ensure fastest possible service it is highly advised to contact us before shipping your package
to ensure availability!

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