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How is the 15 year passport renewal date calculated?

by Mike
(Huntington Beach, CA, USA)

Question: My passport was issued exactly 15 years ago. I need a passport for a trip late this year. Is today the last date for renewal, or is December 31st of this year?

Answer: The 15 years is calculated from the date of issuance. You can no longer renew your passport by mail. It will be necessary to apply for a new passport by submitting form DS-11 in person at an application acceptance facility.

To locate a passport office in Huntington Beach, click the link below.

Florida Passport Offices

For a list of requirements, click the link below.

How to Get a New Passport

Standard processing of application takes 4-6 weeks. Expedited service through the application acceptance facility takes 2-3 weeks.

If you need your passport sooner, you can set up an appointment at the regional agency or get a reliable expediter to submit the form for you. For details, click the appropriate link below.

Miami Passport Agency

Passport Expediting Service

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15 year calculation
by: Anonymous

Question: Are passports renewed by 15 years by date or just year?

Answer: A passport may be renewed anytime during its validity and up to 5 years after its expiration. So you may send your passport in for a renewal up to 15 years after the date it was issued.

Is a deadline met when the application is delivered?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport will be 15yrs. since issue on 9/6/16. I registered my mailed application and it was delivered 9/1/16. Is it safe to assume it will be accepted as meeting the deadline?

Answer: Your application should be accepted for processing. You can check the status of your application here.

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