Question: My family is trying to send my dad overseas as a surprise for his birthday but his passport is more than 15 years old. Is there anyway to renew it or would we have to apply in person? Also, if we do have to apply in person, can we do it without him so we can keep it a surprise? Thanks.
Answer: Passports that are older than 15 years cannot be renewed by mail. Your father will have to appear in person to submit the application for a new passport. For complete instructions, click the link below.
Routine service takes 4-6 weeks to process an application. You can request the application be expedited and get the passport in 2-3 weeks. If you need to obtain a passport sooner, the application will have to be submitted at a regional agency or through a professional expediter. For more information, click the links below.