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How to Apply for a US Passport in South Dakota

For most South Dakota residents, the first step in applying for a new US passport is to find the nearest acceptance facility. These are offices that accept passport applications on behalf of the Department of State. They are usually located in post offices, libraries and court clerks offices. South Dakota has 60 acceptance facilities scattered throughout the state. You can find the one nearest to you by using the search tool on the Department of State’s website.


Next, you’ll need to gather the documents. For a new passport, you’ll need the following:


Government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or a state ID card

A photocopy of the identification you will be using

Proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship.

One passport photo

A completed copy of application form DS-11. You may fill the form out in advance, but don’t sign it until the acceptance agent gives you the go-ahead.

Payment for the required fees.


After you’ve submitted your application, all you have to do is wait. The normal processing time for a passport application in South Dakota is 4 to 6 weeks. Don’t count on yours getting back to you in four – when it comes to applying for a passport it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For faster processing, request expedited service for an additional $ 60, and it should arrive in 2 to 3 weeks instead.


What if you need your passport sooner than that? Unfortunately, options for South Dakota citizens to get emergency travel documents are limited and may require a good deal of travel.

South Dakota does not have its own regional passport agency office with the ability to issue same-day passports. The closest offices are located in Aurora, Colorado and Minneapolis, Minnesota. You are eligible to make an appointment at a regional passport agency office if you have a confirmed travel itinerary within the next 14 days and you need a US passport. To make an appointment at either of these offices, call 1-877-487-2778.


Because these locations are so far away, you might have an easier time using a private passport expediter. With an expediting company, you only have to take your documents to an acceptance office to have them “sealed.” Then, overnight them to the expediting company and they’ll take care of the rest.


Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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Damaged Renewals for US Passports

Did you know that damaging your passport could make it harder for you to renew it? It’s true -there’s a separate process for renewing a damaged passport, and it’s much more involved. Here’s the scoop on the differences between damaged renewals and regular renewals.


Apply in Person


If your passport is undamaged or only has normal wear and tear, you’re most likely eligible to renew it by mail, without having to visit a passport office. However, if you’ve damaged your passport, you must apply to replace it in person. If you send the Department of State a damaged passport in an attempt to renew it, it will be sent back. You’ll have to apply all over again in person, and this means that you won’t receive your passport as quickly. Also, you’ll have to pay additional application fees.


How do you tell the difference between “damage” and normal wear and tear? In many cases, the differences are obvious: if your passport has been water-damaged, chewed on by animals or small children, cut into pieces or pages have been torn out, you must renew it in person.


On the other hand, if it’s just bent from being in your pocket, you shouldn’t have any problems renewing by mail. However, whether or not your passport counts as “significantly damaged” is up to the discretion of the State Department. If there’s any question in your mind, go ahead and apply in person at a post office or other passport acceptance facility.


Required Documents

If you’re eligible to apply for a regular passport renewal by mail, all you’ll need is your current passport and one passport photo in most cases.

If your name has changed since your last passport was issued, you’ll also need to send legal documents to support your name change request for your new passport.


However, damaged renewals require some additional documentation. First, you’ll need proof of identity. Your driver’s license or state ID card will do. You’ll need both the original ID and a photocopy. Next, you’ll need proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship.


Take these documents to the passport office along with one passport photo. At the office, you’ll complete passport application form DS-11 and Form DS-64. Once you’ve submitted the paperwork, you should have your new passport in about 6 weeks. If you’d like it faster, you can pay the $ 60 expedite fee to get it within 3 weeks.


If you need to replace your damaged passport more quickly due to a pending international trip, you can apply for an emergency damaged renewal at one of the country’s 24 regional Passport Agency offices or submit your application through a private expediting company.



Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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