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Commentary | Feb. 9, 2024

Navigating the official passport application process 

By Passport and Visa Program

Official foreign travel can be exciting and stressful. There are numerous requirements to complete, including verifying if a special issuance passport is required. In order to reduce stress, follow these simple steps to apply for a special issuance passport. 

  1. Once you are alerted of pending travel, check the Foreign Clearance Guide to verify requirements of a special issuance passport. 
  2. If a special issuance passport is required, visit the USCG Passport and Visa Program’s SharePoint page for detailed instructions. 
  3. Routine processing takes approximately 8 weeks, so make sure to apply as soon as possible!  

Navigating the process of obtaining a special issuance passport for official foreign travel can seem daunting, but with proper preparation and adherence to the outlined steps, it becomes more manageable.  

The USCG Passport and Visa Program is your one stop shop for questions regarding special issuance passport and visa applications, and can be reached at