Yes, some people may have more than one valid US passport

Government officials and some U.S. citizens with ordinary passports may have more than one valid passport under certain circumstances.

Former President Donald Trump has claimed on TruthSocial, his social media platform, that FBI agents “stolen” three of his passports – one of which was expired – when they searched his Mar- a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 8. .

Court documents later revealed that the FBI recovered “top secret” documents and other sensitive material during the search of Mar-a-Lago.

A spokesperson for Trump shared an email via Twitter on August 15, it appears to be from a National Security Division official, confirming that agents seized several passports belonging to the former president.

The passports have since been returned, a police source told CBS News.

Amid news of FBI agents seizing multiple passports from Trump, people on social networks are wondering whether a person can have more than one valid US passport.

THE QUESTION

Can you have more than one valid US passport?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

It's true.

Yes, some people may have more than one valid US passport.

WHAT WE FOUND

The US government issues several types of passports to its citizens. Most US passports fall into the category of “paid passports”, which are blue and also called “regular” or “tourist” passports. They are valid for 10 years when issued to persons 16 and over, or five years when issued to persons under 16.

Special passports are issued to US government officials, such as the president, and sometimes to their family members. These passports may also be issued to third-party contractors working for the US government “under limited circumstances”, the US State Department said. Passports are valid for up to five years, cannot be used for personal travel, and can be issued in addition to a regular passport.

The Department of State describes four types of special passports:

  • Black diplomatic passports: Issued to Foreign Service Officers and others with diplomatic or comparable status.
  • Brown official passports: Issued to other U.S. government officials or employees traveling abroad on official duties, and to military personnel when required by their destination country.
  • Gray service passports: Issued on a limited basis to third party contractors traveling in support of the US Government whose travel cannot be completed using an ordinary passport.
  • Free regular blue passports: Issued to certain employees of the Department of Defense, American Red Cross, and Peace Corps volunteers serving overseas.

A State Department spokesperson told VERIFY that courtesy diplomatic passports may also be issued to former presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, and assistant secretaries of state, as well as certain retired officials such as Supreme Court justices.

Since official and diplomatic passports cannot be used for leisure travel, government officials are “encouraged to obtain a regular passport before leaving the United States on official business,” writes US Passport Service Guide, a passport and visa service, on its website.

The Fort Lee Passport Office, which serves Department of Defense employees and military dependents seeking official, diplomatic, or gratuitous passports, says on its website that people can have “both a valid tourist passport and a valid passport free of charge at the same time.”

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There are also situations where US citizens with regular passports may have more than one.

Those who have a valid U.S. passport and meet certain additional requirements may be eligible to apply for a second, the State Department says on its website. The second “limited validity” passport booklet will be valid for up to four years, instead of 10 years for most regular passports.

The State Department provided several examples of when the federal agency may issue a second U.S. passport, including a foreign country denying a visa or entry to a person because their passport has stamps indicating travel to certain country. For example, some countries in the Middle East will refuse entry to a person if their passport bears an Israeli entry or exit stamp.

The Department of State may also issue a second passport to those who need multiple visas due to frequent international travel, including people who work for international airlines, people whose foreign visa application is delayed and can be processed in time for urgent international travel, and those who need “special clearance to travel to a restricted country or area”.

Philip Diack, founder and managing director of PassportsandVisas.com, told VERIFY that a common reason people get a second passport is if they travel frequently and need to get visas.

“Usually when getting a visa you submit your passport – so it allows the traveler to use one passport to get a visa when they could use the second passport to travel,” Diack said.

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