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How long do I have to renew my passport?

by Cam
(Pennsylvania)

Question: I want to confirm what I read. My passport will expire on March 27 2011. I have no urgent need to renew it at this time. I read that I actually have 15 years to renew it, so that would take me until 2016. So I could let it expire now and renew it in the next five years. The price for renewal is $110. This is quite an increase over the years. I think I paid $60 ten years ago.


Answer: You are correct. If your passport was issued in March 2001, then you have until March 2016 to renew your passport by mail as long as you were not a minor when the passport was issued. Once you exceed the 15 years, then you will be required to appear at a passport application acceptance facility to apply for a new passport.

Note, you cannot travel abroad while your passport is expired. If any emergency arises which requires urgent passport processing, you may be required to pay both the application fee of $110 and the expedited service fee of $60 not to mention express mail delivery. Applying early helps you avoid these added expenses.

Passport fees were increased due to the increased cost of producing passports with the latest security measures.

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Birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I lost my birth certificate and I am not in America. Can I get a birth certificate from the nearest embassy? Is there a record that they will find that I was born in America because I do not have any proof.

Answer: There is a wide range of services afforded by U.S. Embassies and Consulates to American citizens. Please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance.

Retail
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my passport expired 2 weeks ago. Can I just pay renewal fees? Or do I need to get a new one? And what is the cost.

Answer: If your most recent passport is in good condition and you can submit it with the application, you may apply for a renewal by mail. Please complete Form DS-82 and mail it with your passport, new passport photo and payment for fees. The address is on the form.

The renewal fee is $110. Routine service takes 6-8 weeks. If you want to get your passport in 2-3 weeks, please add $60 expedite fee. We also recommend you add $15.45 for overnight shipping.

How many months before I have to renew my passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: If my passport expires in August and I'm going to travel in April, should I renew my passport before my trip?

Answer: The answer depends on your destination. Many countries require at least six months of validity beyond your stay as an entry requirement. If you plan to visit one of these countries, you need to renew your passport before your trip.

What requirement needed to apply for a new passport
by: Fay

Question: Hello, I obtained my US passport since I became a US citizens, but now my passport have been expired for over 6 years. It was issued to me on Aug, 15 1997. What requirements do I need to have to apply for a new one? Because I don't what happened to my green card if they ask for it.

Answer: Since your passport has been expired more than 5 years, you will have to appear at an application acceptance facility in order to apply for a new passport. You can use your previously-issued passport as evidence of U.S. citizenship.

correction
by: Anonymous

Question: Don't you mean 2026?

Answer: Passports issued to American citizens age 16 or older can be renewed by mail up to 15 years after the date of issuance or 5 years after the date of expiration. Note, passports that are significantly damaged or those that were issued to minors age 15 or younger cannot be renewed by mail.

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