How to Renew a USA Passport

How to Renew a USA Passport
If you currently have a valid U.S. passport, renewing it is a relatively simple process that you can complete by filing out a form and submitting it with a fee to the U.S. Department of State through the mail. There is no need to appear in person to renew your passport as opposed to the initial passport application process. You should renew your passport every 15 years or if you have legally changed your name.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Passport Renewal Package

Things You’ll Need:
  • Your current, undamaged passport Form DS-82: application for a U.S. passport by mail Passport renewal fee
  • Your current, undamaged passport
  • Form DS-82: application for a U.S. passport by mail
  • Passport renewal fee
Step 1
Form DS-82 application for a U.S. passport by mail can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website or at a post office that provides passport services. Carefully read the application instructions and provide the information requested on the form.
Step 2
Your current passport must be sent in with your renewal application, if your passport is damaged, was issued more than 15 years ago or was issued before you turned 16, you will have to apply for a new passport in person at a passport facility. If the reason for your renewal is a recent name change, you can still apply by mail as long as you provide legal documentation of your name change, such as a marriage certificate or court order.
Step 3
You must provide two passport photos with your renewal application. Passport photos must be recent, in color, identical and two inches by two inches in size.
Step 4
To complete your renewal application package, a $95 fee must accompany your application. Payment can be made by check or money order payable to "Department of State."
Step 5
Mail your completed application package to:

National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90155
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

You should receive your new passport within four to six weeks.

Tips & Warnings

 
To prevent your passport application and documents from getting lost, use certified mail or a traceable delivery service when mailing your application.
 
If you renew by mail, your new passport can only be sent back to you at a U.S. or Canadian address. If you are behind on child support payments, your passport may not be renewed.
 
If you renew by mail, your new passport can only be sent back to you at a U.S. or Canadian address.
 
If you are behind on child support payments, your passport may not be renewed.

Article Written By Krystal Wascher

Krystal Wascher has been writing online content since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Thiel College and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2009.

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