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Expired U.S. Passport

Overview of the Application Process to Renew an Expired U.S. Passport

Procedure Name: U.S. Passport Renewal for United States citizens. Form DS-82: Application for A U.S. Passport by Mail, or Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport in Person.
When and Where to Renew a Passport: The U.S. Department of State site recommends applying to renew a passport approximately nine (9) months before the passport expiration date. Some countries require a passport to be valid during at least six (6) months beyond the dates of traveling to such country. Some airlines will not allow boarding a plane if the passport expiration date does not comply with destination country travel requirements. Application for a U.S. passport can be submitted at a Passport Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency. If the applicant is located outside of the U.S. then the application for renewal can be filed at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad. Order this guide to learn more details about the passport renewal process and to learn how to start your passport application. Renewals may be submitted by mail if certain conditions apply. Children, and certain passport renewal applicants must apply to renew a passport in person. Order this passport renewal package to learn where and how to renew a passport.
Eligible Applicants: United States passports are issued to all U.S. citizens. Holders of an expired passport or a valid passport expiring soon are eligible to renew their passport.
Validity/Expiration: U.S. passports are issued for 10 years for adults and for 5 years for minors under age 16.
 How to Apply: Order and download this passport renewal information package online now to learn how to renew a U.S. passport and access passport renewal forms.


It is very important to hold a valid non-expired US Passport.  In certain cases you may be able to renew your passport by mail, however in some other cases you must apply in person. For example if your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, mutilated, altered or damage then you must apply in person. Also if your name has changed since your previous passport was issued and you are not able to provide a legal document with the change of name, then you also must apply in person.

There are many countries that won’t allow you to enter if your passport will expired in the next six months or less.  An emergency trip can come out at any moment and if your passport is expired it will be very difficult or impossible to travel to another country immediately. The U.S. passport is probably the most recognized international travel document and also serves as proof of your U.S. citizenship.  Some of the benefits of traveling with an American passport include no visa requirement to travel to most countries in the world, also enjoy assistance of US embassies and consulates around the world. When entering the United States with your U.S. passport enjoy free travel in and out of the country without limitation and a special immigration line only for U.S. citizens.

Eligibility to renew a U.S. Passport:

One of the main requirements to obtain a passport of the United States is to be able to present proof of your U.S. citizenship. Any of the following can be used as primary evidence of your United States citizenship:

  1. Undamaged previously issued Passport
  2. Certificate of Citizenship
  3. Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Birth
  4. Naturalization Certificate
  5. Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (some short abstract versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes)

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Information and Instructions about the Expired U.S. Passport included in this immigration guide:

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  • Can I renew my expired passport or do I need to obtain a new one?
  • Who is eligible to renew or obtain a new United States passport?
  • How to show proof of my American Citizenship?
  • How to apply for a new passport?
  • How and where to renew a passport of the United States?
  • Requirements to obtain a new U.S. passport?
  • Where to apply for a new United States passport?
  • List of passport agencies and passport acceptance facilities.
  • How to renew or obtain a new passport if you are currently outside of the United States?
  • What if my passport was lost or stolen?
  • How to obtain a new passport if my passport was lost or stolen?
  • Requirements for children obtaining a new passport.
  • How long does it take the process of applying for a new US passport?
  • Requirements to renew a U.S. passport?
  • Requirements for children renewing a passport
  • Do I need to apply in person?
  • Passport photo requirements
  • How much is the passport processing fee and what forms of payment are accepted?
  • How long does it take the process of renewal of a passport?
  • How to rush a passport application to obtain a passport urgently?
  • Passport photography requirements.
  • How to check the status of your passport application online?
  • Does the United States allows double citizenship?
  • Can I have a United States passport and a non-U.S. passport (also known as double citizenship)?
  • General application requirements, processing information and links to official forms.

Expired U.S. Passport
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