Damaged Passport FAQs
My passport has been damaged. Can I continue to use it?
If your passport has been significantly damaged, especially the book cover or the page displaying your personal data and photo, you will need to apply for a New Passport.
Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing visa pages (torn out), a hole punch, or other injuries.
Normal wear of a US passport is expected and likely does not constitute "damage." For instance normal wear includes the bend of a passport after being carried in your back pocket or fanning of the visa pages after extensive opening and closing.
Why do I have to send my original documents to replace my passport? Can't I send photocopies?
We understand your desire to keep your documents in your possession. However, the State Department must verify that all citizenship documents are authentic in order to process your US passports replacement. Photocopies do not contain the stamps, seals, and other invisible markings that confirm the document as authentic.