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If I live in California, can I renew my passport in New York?

by Rachel V
(CA/NY)

Question: I am a student at NYU and will be studying abroad next fall. My passport expires in November and I was 15 when it was first issued. I live in California. However, NYU keeps our passports until we leave in the fall, therefore I will not be in possession of my passport when I return to California in May to renew. Can I renew my passport while I am here in New York if I have the proper documentation?


Answer: You can apply for a new passport in New York as long as you have the proper documentation. Since you were a minor when your current passport was issued, you must appear in person at an application acceptance facility.

The application you need to submit is Form DS-11. It must be signed in the presence of a passport agent. You can present either a birth certificate or your current passport as evidence of U.S. citizenship.

If you apply at a New York Passport Office and submit out-of-state primary identification, you must present an additional ID document, as well. For example, if you apply with a California Driver's License, you must present a second ID containing as much of the following information as possible: your photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date.

You will also need one recent passport photo and payment for the fees. There is an application fee of $110 and an execution fee of $25. The former is paid to the Department of State while the latter is paid to the Acceptance Facility.

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Alternate Acceptable ID?
by: Cindy

Question: Since my daughter is from Texas and in school in CA what other "ID" is considered acceptable to renew her Passport? Her original passport was when she was 8 YRS old. She has her original passport as well as her Texas Drivers License and a school ID. Does she also need her birth certificate to renew to get an adult Passport?

Answer: A previously-issued passport is acceptable as evidence of U.S. citizenship as long as it is not significantly damaged. The second ID must contatin as much of the following information as possible: photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date.

I live in California. Can I renew my passport in New York
by: Rachel V

Question: Thank you William. I am not sure I understand correctly. You have given me instructions on how to apply for a NEW passport and the link you provided is an application for a new passport only, not a renewal. I wish to renew my old passport while I am in NY but keep the CA address. Also, what if I do not have any other form of photo ID other than my CA ID? I have my NYU student card. Other than that, I have my original birth certificate as well as my social security card. Please advise. Thanks again.

Answer: Rachel, I provided you with a link to instructions for obtaining a new passport because passport issued to minors cannot be renewed by mail. Since you were 15 when your current passport was issued, you must appear in person and apply for a new passport.

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