How to Get Multiple Passports
Today I learned that you can hold multiple passports of the same nationality – or to be more exact, you can hold more than one American passport at the same time. Fortunately, this discovery is more useful than it is profound.
Why would having two passports of the same nationality ever come in handy?
Suppose you wanted to travel through Asia. You could expect to encounter many countries with draconian visa requirements. By the time you would get all the necessary visas, some of your visas will start expiring! One way to streamline the visa process is to have two passports going at once. Having two passports is also helpful if you are in a foreign country and need to apply for a visa to travel to another foreign country (say you are in Russia and want to travel to China). In order to do this, you would have to leave your passport at the Chinese embassy in Russia for days if not weeks. Having this second passport would allow you to travel internationally, rent a car, move freely within a foreign country and do other things while you wait for the visa.
How do you get a second passport?
Your second US passport would be a “second limited” passport, which means it expires after two years instead of ten. Otherwise, they are exactly the same. You can obtain a second American passport by following the link below to a set of instructions. As a tip, when you click through to the DS-82 application form – choose “Apply for a Passport Book” – if you fill in the questionnaire, the software will figure out that you already have a passport and will make the form an application for a second limited passport.