How long do I have to renew my passport?
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.
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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