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6/1/2009 – My Passport Is Full, What Do I Do Now?
A question I have been asked quite a few times is what do you do when your Passport’s pages are all filled up.
The answer to this question is…well it depends on what country has issued your Passport. I am about to run out of pages in my Passport, which is issued in The United States, where I am entitled to have extra pages added to my current valid Passport.
In The United States if you run out of pages, you simply apply for new pages to be added to your Passport. When you have less than four pages left in your Passport you fill out a DS-4085 form, and either mail it in to your nearest Passport Office, or drop it off. There is no fee for extra pages (unless you require expedited service).
In countries such as New Zealand and Canada, once your Passport is out of pages you simply need to apply for a new Passport.
In the United Kingdom, once you run out of pages, you must apply for a new Passport, but you are eligible to apply for a 48 page Passport, allowing you more Visa pages to be stamped, thus extending the life of the Passport.
From Australia and travel often? The standard Aussie Passport is 32 pages, however you are able to apply for the “Frequent Traveller Passport” with 64 pages. The Frequent Traveller Passport has an extra fee, but can be worth the cost difference if you travel frequently.
Since there is no standardized answer to the common question, you should consult with the Passport Office of the country that issues your Passport.