How to Apply for a Correction or Change on U.S. Passport?
Looking to get errors corrected on your passport? If you have errors on a new passport or a passport renewal you should have these errors fixed as soon as possible. Some typical passport corrections are an incorrect birthday, misspelled name and other spelling mistakes. You are allowed to fix errors as long as the passport is valid.
When submitting a passport for correction which is more than ninety (90) days old you will have to submit a new passport photo.
- Application Form: DS-5504 Application Form for Passport Name Change
- Passport Book: A valid passport book will be needed and submitted showing the problems.
- Getting a Photo: You will need a new passport photo if your current passport is more than 90 days old.
Step 1: Fill out Application Form
For the passport agency to update your passport, you will need to complete the application form DS-5504. This is the Name Change and Passport Correction application form.
Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents
Once you have downloaded, printed and filled out your application you will need to collect all supporting documents such a valid passport and photo. If your current photo is more than 90 days old, you will need to obtain a new passport photo.
Step 3: Package & Send Documents
You will need to package your passport corrections and documentation in a Tyvek envelope. The Tyvek envelope ensures your documents arrive safely at the passport processing center.
Expedited Passport Correction Services
If you’ve got a trip coming up in the very near future and can’t afford to wait the several weeks that it may take to get your corrected passport processed, consider using expedited passport services in your area.
Registered passport expediters will collect all of the necessary documents for you and submit them on your behalf. They can severely cut down the standard processing time and can have your corrected passport delivered to your doorstep in 24 to 48 hours in most situations.