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Should I renew my expired passport or apply for a new one?

by Brenda
(Irving, Texas, United States)

Question: I am going to Cozumel in a few months. My passport expired 4 years ago. Should I renew or apply for a new one?


Answer: You can renew a passport by mail if:

1) you were age 16 or older with it was issued;
2) it was issued within the last 15 years;
3) it is not significantly damaged.

If you were age 15 or younger at the time your passport was issued, you will have to visit an application acceptance facility in order to apply for a new passport.

Finally, you need to include legal proof of name change if your name is now different from that on your current passport.

For more information, please visit the web page below.

Renew Passport by Mail

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What to do if your passport is more than 15 years expired
by: Anonymous

Question: Should be posted what to do… If the passport is more than 15 years expired.

Question: Our passport renewal page informs visitors that they must apply for a new passport in person if their passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

passports over 15yrs old
by: Anonymous

Question: What are the renewal guidelines for passports over 15 yrs. old? We lived overseas with USMC. Now we'd like to renew.

Answer: Passports issued more than 15 years ago cannot be renewed by mail. You must appear at an application acceptance facility and Click here to add your own comments

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