Second Passports

Current regulations reflect the long-standing policy of the Department of State that no person should be in possession of more than one valid, or potentially valid, U.S. passport at any time unless specifically authorized by the Department of State.

The issuance of a second valid passport should therefore be considered an exception to the one passport policy and will be issued at the discretion of the Consular Officer. If issued it will be valid for a maximum of two years.

To apply for a second valid passport, you may use the following guidance to prepare:

Complete FORM DS-82 online, and print it out single-sided. Back to back printed forms cannot be processed. Do not print the instructions as you are to use this website instead.  At ‘Mailing Address’ list your Dutch address, even if it is only temporary.  You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States.  You may sign the form at home.  Applications filled out by hand may require longer to process.

You must provide an answer to question no. 5, even if you do not have a Social Security Number or do not remember it.  Do NOT list your Dutch Burger Service Number (BSN). Click here to learn more about passports and the social security number requirement.

Present your most recently issued full validity (10-year) U.S. passport, with a photo copy of the biographical information page.  If you have been issued a previous 2nd passport, present that too.

One U.S. format: 2″ x 2″ (5 x 5 cm.) passport photo. We cannot process the smaller Dutch format photos!  Click here for guidance on the perfect U.S. passport photo.  Make sure to watch the video.

Bring a plain photo copy of:

  • your passport’s biographical information page, and
  • your previous second passport, if any, and
  • any supporting documents as applicable to your application.

Copies of the forms are not required.

A second passport is a rare exception to the One Passport Rule.  To support your application for a second passport, please present:

  • An original signed written request from your company or organization, preferably on letterhead paper, explaining in detail why a second valid passport would be required.
  • An Affidavit (PDF 153KB. Please download, print and prepare but do NOT sign), explaining in detail why your travel needs would warrant the issuance of a second passport. Do NOT sign the Affidavit as is to be signed in the presence of the Consular Officer, attesting to the use of the second passport.

The fee to be paid is an application fee, to be paid before you can make your case for a second passport.  It cannot be refunded if the consular officer cannot grant you a second passport.

You can pay the appropriate passport services application fee in euro, in U.S. dollars, or by credit card.  Dutch PIN-cards cannot be processed.  Note that we can only process credit card payments if the card holder is available to sign the payment authorization slip.  When paying in cash, please try to bring exact change.  For the current fee, see our consular fees page.

Set up an appointment via the link to the appointment website elsewhere on this page.  IMPORTANT: Print the appointment confirmation page or save it on your phone.  You will NOT receive a confirmation e-mail.

Try to arrive at the Consulate at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.  If you miss your slot we must ask you to reschedule.

Note that slots open up if we receive cancellations. Check back with our appointment system regularly if you wish for a earlier appointment slot.

For this we need from you an A5 (C5) size envelope (approx. 23 x 16 centimeters), legibly addressed to the passport applicant, with a PostNL registered mail bar-coded sticker.  Retain the tracking number.  Note that you must allow us to cancel the current second passport if it is still valid at the time of your appointment, as you cannot have two valid second passports.  Plan your appointment accordingly as you may be without a valid passport for up to three weeks.

If you are also applying for a passport card, bring two registered mail return envelopes as cards arrive two to three weeks after passport books.

When your second passport has been issued it will be valid for two years and may not be extended.  If there is a continuing need for a second passport beyond the two-year validity period, you must reapply for a new passport, following the above guidance as if it were a first application for a second passport.

As the bearer of a second valid passport, you should take the following precautions:

If your original or second passport is lost or stolen, report it immediately to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate (if overseas).

Make sure that the correct passport is presented at each border control point.

If possible, arrange an itinerary that will allow you to carry only one passport when traveling to a country with restrictive visa or entry policies. The passport not needed for immediate travel should be left in a secure place for safekeeping.  You should not assume that foreign immigration officials will not search your luggage or person.

Generally, do not display both passports at the same time when crossing a border control point.

Processing time
Passports are printed in the United States with a secure photo-digitized image of the bearer.  You should allow up to 15 working days for the application to be processed.