You’ve waited for weeks and weeks, and now your new passport is finally here. But, uh oh. A mistake was made and your name is spelled incorrectly. What do you do?
Passport errors do happen, and the State Department has created a correction application to help you fix misprint in your passport. Whether you made an error in your application or the passport office made a mistake while processing your application, you can get your passport fixed under most circumstances at no cost.
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions that we get about passport mistakes.
How long does it take to get a corrected passport?
Once you submit your passport correction application, you should receive your new passport in four to six weeks. The State Department also offers an expedited correction service that will let you get your passport in two to three weeks, but for that service you will need to pay an additional $60 fee.
What if I need my passport corrected in a matter of days?
That’s what we’re here for. The team at Swift can help you get your passport corrected in as little as one business day. Give us a call to learn more.
What if I got my passport a year ago and just noticed the mistake?
It doesn’t matter when you notice the error. As long as your passport is still valid, you can request a passport correction. Just keep in mind that you will have to submit a new passport photo if your passport was issued more than 90 days ago. Note to that by signing your passport though, you are attesting that the information on it is true. If you sign the passport, and travel on it, the passport agency will make you pay for a new passport rather than fixing it for free!
Will I get to hold onto my incorrect passport?
No, you need to turn in your incorrect passport in order to obtain a new one.
Rob Lee is co-founder of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.