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U.S. Passport Renewal

Overview of the Application Process to Renew a 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.

A passport is a very important travel document and proof of identification as a U.S. citizen. It is recommended to renew your passport at least 9 months before the passport expiration. 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 expire in the next six months or less. The U.S. passport is probably the most recognized international travel document and also serves as proof of your U.S. citizenship when visiting U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.  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.

Requirements 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)

Warning: This site does not issue passports and does not process passport application. Only the United States Departament of State has the authority to issue U.S. passports. Passport applicants must submit their passport application directly with the Department of State or at the officially authorized passport application acceptance facilities using routine service or expedite service. What you are ordering in this site is the “Passport Application Information Package”, a guide with information and step by step instructions on how to apply for a U.S. Passport. The cost of this guide does not include the cost to apply, issue or renew a passport. The applicable fee to issue or renew a passport must be paid directly to the Department of State or to the authorized a passport application acceptance facilities when submitting the passport application form.

How to Renew a Passport by Mail

Order the Passport Renewal Guide to learn how to renew an American passport, how to obtain passport renewal application forms, instructions, and more information about how to renew for a passport.

  1. Fill out the form DS-82 on-line and print it.
  2. Provide your last passport application.
  3. Provide a document that proves your name change. If the name you use is different from the name in your last U.S. passport, you must provide a notarized copy of your name change (marriage certificate, divorce decree,  the Document of name change issued by the Court).
  4. Attach a photo to your application.
  5. Pay the fee online.
  6. Send completed application, attach an old passport to it, a document of the name change, a photo and a check of payment the fees to one of the addresses below.

Routine Service:

National Passport Processing Center

Post Office Box 90155

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

Expedited Service (additional fee applies):

National Passport Processing Center

Post Office Box 90955

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

How to Renew a Passport Abroad

Citizens living abroad the United States (except for those who live in Canada) must renew the data in their passports in the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The passports are renewed by mail only in the United States and Canada. Express Mail is not available in Canada, you can use the First Class Priority Mail. For applicants residing in Canada, checks or money orders must be made in the U.S. financial institutions, shall be payable in U.S. dollars. Eligible U.S. checks and money orders must have a 9-digit number. (See sample below)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised naturalization test procedures


You can also contact the nearest passport agency if you urgently need a new passport.

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

  • How to renew a U.S. passport?
  • Who is eligible to renew or obtain a new United States passport?
  • How to show proof of my American Citizenship?
  • How to apply renew or apply for a new passport?
  • How and where to renew a passport in the United States?
  • How and where to renew a passport abroad outside of the United States?
  • Requirements to renew a U.S. passport?
  • Where to apply for a new United States passport?
  • How to renew children passports?
  • Requirement to renew children passport?
  • List of passport agencies and passport acceptance facilities in the United States
  • 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 replace it?
  • How to obtain a new passport if my passport was lost or stolen?
  • Requirements for children obtaining a 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 cost and processing fees to renew a passport?
  • What forms of payment are accepted to renew a passport?
  • How long it takes the process of renewing a passport?
  • How to rush a passport application to obtain a passport?
  • How to expedite the passport renewal process?
  • Passport photography requirements.
  • My new passport didn’t arrive yet and I need to travel
  • How to check the status of your passport application online?
  • How to contact the National Passport Center por pending passports?
  • Would I receive my old passport back after obtaining a new passport?
  • 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.

Passport Renewal Related Forms

Order the Passport Renewal Instructions and Application Package to learn how to access and how to renew a passport using the following passport renewal application forms:

  • Application Form to Renew U.S. Passport by Mail
  • Application Form for Renewal of U.S. Passport in Person
  • Passport Application Form: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport
  • Passport Application Form: Statement of Consent – Issuing a Passport to a Minor under Age 16
  • Passport Application Form: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement
  • Passport Form for Additional Visa Pages or Miscellaneous Passport Services
  • Passport Application Form: Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name
  • Passport Renwal Online Application Wizard
  • Passport Renewal Forms Instructions

U.S. Passport Renewal
Order and download this passport renewal information package including FAQs, application information and instructions for passport renewals forms. Follow the instructions to start the process of renewing your passport.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with the government, we are a private publisher of information guides. This product only includes instructions, it does not include filing fees, or any other charges to submit your application.