U.S. Passport Visa Pages vs. Endorsement / Amendment Pages

When you begin the process of obtaining your US passport, there are always a number of important things to keep in mind. A US passport is use by all citizens of the US to travel abroad. The standard processing time for new passport applications is several weeks. Hence, it’s always a good idea to have all of your paperwork in order and your application submitted well in advance of your actual travel date. You may also choose to use an expedited passport service to get your application processed as quickly as possible.

When you receive your US passport, it is always important to understand what the pages and sections mean. As well as there usage. Of particular importance is the difference between the Visa and the endorsement pages.

Endorsement Pages

The endorsement pages are not a separate entity from the passport itself.  They are normally within the passport, typically towards the back of all the materials. One example of using the endorsement pages, would be for housing a certification of non-citizenship nationality. Or, some other type of classification.

If you are a US national and not a citizen, that information will be on the endorsement page. The endorsement pages are not for entry and exit stamp information when traveling to and from various countries around the world. There are pages within the passport itself design for certain purposes.


A visa, on the other hand, is a document use for the purposes of traveling. Traveling to and from various countries for an extended period of time. The US requires that all visitors for these purposes obtain a travel visa before they can enter, for example. The same is true for many different countries around the world.

When applying for a US passport, you must provide a recent photograph that closely documents your current appearance. You can have these photographs taken at many drugstores and pharmacies around the country, as well as any branch of the United States Post Office. Passport applications can be submitted to the Department of State in your area.