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US Passport Renewals - How to Renew Your Passport as Quickly as the Same Day

Renew PassportApplying for a US Passport renewal is much easier than getting a new passport because there are fewer documents to submit and you can send the application by mail. You are not required to appear in person unless you need to travel in less than 2 weeks and want to get the process expedited at a regional processing agency.

Getting your passport renewed fast is essential if your departure date is within 30 days, especially if you need to obtain a travel visa. You can get expedited service by mail in up to 3 weeks or submit the renewal form at a regional center for faster service. An alternative for individuals who have difficulty scheduling an appointment or are unable to travel to an agency is to use the services of an registered courier to get expedited passport renewals for you.

U.S. Passport Renewals by Mail

Apply to renew a passport using Form DS-82 if your previously-issued passport meets all the following criteria:

 It is not significantly damaged and can be submitted with the application;
 It was issued when you were age 16 or older;
 It was issued within the past 15 years;
 It was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change;

If you do not meet the criteria, you cannot apply to renew your passport by mail. You need to submit the application for a new U.S. passport (Form DS-11) and supporting documents in person at an application acceptance facility.

Steps to Get a U.S. Passport Renewed
Step 1: Complete Application DS-82
Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents
Step 3: Package and Send


Complete Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82

Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82The first step to renew a passport is to complete the appropriate application form. The are a couple of ways that you can accomplish this.

Complete Form DS-82 Offline

Download, print and then fill out the application offline. Use black ink to do this. It is important that you write legibly or it could lead to printing errors in your passport that would require you to apply for corrections.

Download Passport Renewal Form

Complete Form DS-82 Online

Complete the form online then print it. If you have connection problems while trying to complete it or the online form will not accept an answer, it will be necessary to download the passport application using the link above.

Online Passport Renewal Application

There are a total of 6 pages. The first 4 pages contain instructions and important information about the renewal process. The 2 pages that are to be filled in have an estimated burden of 40 minutes but most applicants finish much faster.


Gather Supporting Documents

There are few supporting documents that are required. First of all, you must send your most recent valid or expired passport. Your passport will be invalidated and returned to you. If it is damaged or mutilated in any way, you cannot use this form but, rather, must appear in person to apply. You also need to submit a recent passport photo that has dimensions of 2 inches by 2 inches.

Applicants whose names have been legally changed need to submit evidence of this fact. Acceptable documents to prove a legal name change include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption certificate or court order. The document you submit must be an original or a certified copy. It will be returned to you.


Package and Send Passport Renewal Form and Supporting Documents

Place the completed form and supporting documents in a protective packaging such as a Tyvek envelope. Include payment for the passport renewal fee. Checks should be made out to the Department of State. Write both the full name and date of birth of the applicant on the front of the check.

The address you send the package to will depend on how quickly you want the passport renewed. Routine processing of applications usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks.

Address for Standard Service:
National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90155
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

A request for fast passport renewal by mail takes 2 to 3 weeks

Address for Expedited Service:
National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90955
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

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