If Your Passport Is Full, Request Those Extra Pages Now: State Dept. Eliminating Page Inserts Jan. 1

Are you one of those jetsetters who revels in the feel of your overstuffed passport, brimming with extra pages you’ve added that are stamped with all the far-flung destinations you’ve visited? If you’re a U.S. citizen and and don’t have any more room in that thing, you’ll have to get a new passport, because the government isn’t going to sell extra page inserts anymore in the new year.

Starting Jan. 1, the U.S. State Department is eliminating the 24-page inserts that Americans can buy when their passports fill up. The decision was made “to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards,” the department said in announcing the change.

If you do have to buy a new passport, you’ll have the option of either a 28-page or 52-page book, so if you plan on traveling a ton before it expires, at least you’ll have some space for all those stamps. The department says it’s offered the larger passport at no additional cost to all applicants living outside the U.S. since October 2014.

You’ve got through the end of the year to request extra pages, and again, for those frequent travelers, be advised that it costs the same price ($82) to add one 24-page insert pack as it does to get two of those same insert packages.

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