Current regulations reflect the long-standing State Department policy that no person should be in possession of more than one valid, or potentially valid, U.S. passport at any one time unless specifically authorized by the Secretary of State.
The issuance of a second, concurrently valid passport should be considered an exception to regulations and is approved on a case-by-case basis. The second valid passport will be limited in validity for four years and cannot be extended.
The requirements for applying for a second valid passport are identical to the requirements for renewing a passport, with one exception. You also must submit with your application a signed, written statement (below) giving the reason why the second passport is required and attesting that the loss of either of the two passports will be reported immediately.
If you wish to apply for a second valid passport, please follow the standard instructions for renewing a passport and submit your signed, written statement with your other application materials. If you are renewing a second valid passport that you already possess, you should include that passport with your application so that we may cancel it.
TO: U.S. Embassy Algiers
I, the undersigned, am the bearer of valid U.S. passport number_________________ (number) issued on________________.(date)
However, in view of restrictive entry policies and/or the time delay required to obtain visas for my current travels, it is impossible for me to obtain all necessary visas or to complete my trip using one passport. I am therefore requesting the issuance of a second United States passport. I understand the passport will be valid only for two years.
Should either of my two passports be lost or stolen, I will report immediately the circumstances of the loss to Passport Services, or if abroad, to the nearest U.S. Embassy, Consulate, or Consular Agency.