How to Renew a Passport Through the Internet

How to Renew a Passport Through the Internet
Renewing your passport is not yet as simple as entering a few codes and your credit card number on a web page. You need to spend some time at a desk as there is currently no way to renew your passport on-line. While you would rather spend your time researching your destination's weather or figuring out how compact your outdoor equipment for air travel, it really is imperative that you start the passport renewal procedure six weeks in advance of your departure. You can use the Internet to begin your application, but you must mail your packet through the traditional post office.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer with Internet connection Printer Large envelope Passport fee 2 passport photos Expired passport Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Printer
  • Large envelope
  • Passport fee
  • 2 passport photos
  • Expired passport
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
Step 1
Navigate to the Passport and Visa Pages Application System on the U.S. Department of State website by clicking "Passports," "Renew your U.S. Passport," "Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail," and then "Complete Form DS-82 Online."
Step 2
Read the Department of State's "Privacy and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts Notices and Disclaimers," click the check box acknowledging you have read them, and then click "Submit" to enter the application.
Step 3
Click the "Continue" button under "Apply for a Passport Book."
Step 4
Complete all the demographic and personal information asked by the online form and continue to the end.
Step 5
Print the electronically-generated form on 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch paper as the website specifies. Print a second copy for your records. Be sure to sign and date the application in black ink.
Step 6
Address your envelope to the passport processing facility listed on the printed form and put your renewal application into it.
Step 7
Enclose a check or money order for the applicable fees for your renewal made payable to "Department of State." Personal checks are acceptable.
Step 8
Place your expired passport into the envelope. Sending your expired passport cuts down on processing time because your citizenship is proven by the document.
Step 9
Enclose two identical 2-inch by 2-inch photos. One will be used in your document, and the other will be returned if it is not damaged. The State Department website offers tips on how to take pictures of yourself for use in the official document or you can have your picture taken at a passport photo center.
Step 10
If your surname is now different than the one on your expired passport, send a copy of a court order or marriage license proving your new name. The documentation will be returned to you with your new passport.
Step 11
Seal and mail your passport renewal materials. It may take up to six weeks to receive your new passport.

Tips & Warnings

 
Print your application at the highest quality your printer settings will allow to aid in legibility. If you take your own passport photos, consider having them printed at a photo lab so that they will be produced in a higher quality than home printers will afford. If you will be traveling to Canada, Mexico, or other locations by boat or ground, you may be able to use a passport card instead of the book. The cards are plastic and therefore more weather-resistant than the paper books. If you get one of these, you can keep it on your body at all times during your foreign excursion without worry that it'll be wet or torn.
 
Print your application at the highest quality your printer settings will allow to aid in legibility.
 
If you take your own passport photos, consider having them printed at a photo lab so that they will be produced in a higher quality than home printers will afford.
 
If you will be traveling to Canada, Mexico, or other locations by boat or ground, you may be able to use a passport card instead of the book. The cards are plastic and therefore more weather-resistant than the paper books. If you get one of these, you can keep it on your body at all times during your foreign excursion without worry that it'll be wet or torn.

Article Written By Margaret Bryant

Margaret Bryant is a long-time resident of North Carolina. She has recently written extensively for GolfLink and eHow. She has been writing for publication since 1999. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Arts in English language/literature.

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