US amends passport rules; no more correx

20th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

NANTES, Sept 20 -- The US state department Monday announced an amendment to its rules about making corrections or name changes to American passports, a change that may cost more paperwork to Americans living abroad.

NANTES, Sept 20 -- The US state department Monday announced an amendment to its rules about making corrections or name changes to American passports, a change that may cost more paperwork to Americans living abroad.

As of September 26, passport services will no longer "amend" passports; instead, a name change, date extension for a limited passport, or even a correction of a printing error will require the submission of a passport re-application form, the accompanying paperwork, and new passport photos.

The old passport amendment/validation form (Form DS-19) is now null and void.

The good news is that if the change is submitted within a year of the old passport's issuance date or if the change is a printing error for which the state department is responsible, there will be no charge for the new passport.

Adding additional visa pages are also still free at any time.

After a year is up, however, the new passport will cost US $55 for the application plus a US $12 'security surcharge'.  If you need it in a hurry, you must pay an extra US $60 per application plus postal charges.

Forms are available online. For more information, see the state department's travel website.

For more information on how to apply for a new passport in France, see the Embassy's citizen services website.

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