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Can I renew an expired passport by mail?

by Amy
(PA)

Question: My passport expired on last February 7. Can I renew it by mail and expedite the processing as I am planning to travel out of the country in a month?


Answer: You can renew your passport by mail as long as it is not damaged (other than normal wear and tear) or it was not issued when you were a minor.

To expedite the renewal, complete form DS-82 and submit it along with a recent passport photo and your most recent passport. Include evidence of legal name change if your name has changed since the issuance of your most recent passport.

Include payment of the application fee ($110) and expedited service fee ($60). You are strongly encouraged to use overnight delivery service to return your newly issued Passport Book to you. To request Overnight Delivery, pay the $20.66 Overnight Delivery fee for each application, in addition to the required fees noted above. The total for all fees is $190.66. Check or money order should be made out to the Department of State.

Write the word "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope. We encourage you to use a protective package such as a Tyvek envelope and use a traceable means of delivery. Send the package to the address that is on the application form for expedited service. For complete instructions, click the link below.

Note, expedited passport renewals by mail take two to three weeks to process. If you need to obtain a visa for travel, you should schedule an appointment at the Philadelphia Passport Agency where the applicant can be processed as quickly as the same day.

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