The issuance of a second passport is not automatic and should be considered an exception to the regulations. An application is approved on an individual basis and only when justified.
A second passport may be issued if:
- A passport is needed both for confirmed travel and submission for foreign visa applications simultaneously;
- The primary passport is held by the U.K. government or foreign embassy and the applicant has confirmed travel; and/or
- The applicant has confirmed travel plans to a foreign country which will deny a visa or entry to the bearer of a passport containing markings or visas showing travel to certain other countries.
You are required to apply for a second passport in person through a pre-arranged appointment. It is not possible for a third party to appear on your behalf.
Note: Many countries have passport validity requirements. Before traveling we recommend you visit the Department of State website at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go to ensure that your passport is valid for travel to all countries you will visit.