How to Renew a US Passport By Mail

How to Renew a US Passport By Mail
A United States passport can be renewed by the applicant in person or, for convenience, by mail. You are eligible to renew your passport by mail if your old passport is undamaged and can be mailed in with your renewal application. In addition, the passport has to list your current name, have been issued within the last 15 years, and have been issued when you were age 16 or older. If you can produce legal proof of a name change, you can renew by mail even if your old passport doesn't match your current name.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Padded letter-size envelope Two regulation passport photos Check or money order for passport renewal fee made out to "Department of State"
  • Padded letter-size envelope
  • Two regulation passport photos
  • Check or money order for passport renewal fee made out to "Department of State"
Step 1
Complete Form DS-82 online or print a blank copy from the State Department's website and print your answers to each blank neatly in black ink. DS-82 forms are also available at U.S. Passport agencies and acceptance facilities.
Step 2
Check how your name is listed on your U.S. passport. If your current name differs from the name listed on your passport because of marriage, divorce or another type of legal name change, obtain a copy of your marriage certificate or court order documenting the name change.
Step 3
Staple one of your passport photos to Form DS-82 in the section that requires the photo. Use four staples, one in each corner of the photo.
Step 4
Place your current U.S. passport, documentation of any name change (if applicable), your completed and signed Form DS-82, the passport fee and the unused passport photo in the padded envelope.
Step 5
Send your padded envelope to the National Passport Processing Center at the address indicated on Form DS-82 using the Delivery Confirmation feature or Signature Confirmation method from the U.S. Postal Service or USPS Express Mail.

Tips & Warnings

 
Expedite your passport renewal by mail by writing "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope and enclosing the additional expedite fee as specified by the State Department.
 
Expedite your passport renewal by mail by writing "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope and enclosing the additional expedite fee as specified by the State Department.
 
If you need your passport renewed in less than two weeks, make an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency and do not try to renew it by mail.
 
If you need your passport renewed in less than two weeks, make an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency and do not try to renew it by mail.

Article Written By Andrea Lott

Andrea Lott is a career writer, performer and educator with an educational background in theater, classical studies and comedy. Her writing credits include articles, marketing materials and scripts. Lott studied theater and classical studies at IUPUI, and comedy writing and improv at Second City in Chicago.

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