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US State Department making changes to American passports

The US State Department will be making changes to the supplemental page inserts for American passports.

Beginning January 1, the US State Department announced they will no longer be inserting the 24-page supplements into passports.

“The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards,” according to a U.S. State Department statement.

The State Department said the change has been in the works for some time and is not related to recent terror attacks, but reiterated that the changes are related to security concerns and general vigilance.

In October of 2014, the State Department began issuing 52-page passports to all applicants outside the US. Beginning the first day of the New Year, applicants inside the US will be able to apply for either a 28-page or 52-page passport.

According to a government statement, requests for the additional 24-page inserts to valid passports will be accepted up until December 31, 2015.

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