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How long do I have to renew my passport?

by Cam
(Pennsylvania)

Question: I want to confirm what I read. My passport will expire on March 27 2011. I have no urgent need to renew it at this time. I read that I actually have 15 years to renew it, so that would take me until 2016. So I could let it expire now and renew it in the next five years. The price for renewal is $110. This is quite an increase over the years. I think I paid $60 ten years ago.


Answer: You are correct. If your passport was issued in March 2001, then you have until March 2016 to renew your passport by mail as long as you were not a minor when the passport was issued. Once you exceed the 15 years, then you will be required to appear at a passport application acceptance facility to apply for a new passport.

Note, you cannot travel abroad while your passport is expired. If any emergency arises which requires urgent passport processing, you may be required to pay both the application fee of $110 and the expedited service fee of $60 not to mention express mail delivery. Applying early helps you avoid these added expenses.

Passport fees were increased due to the increased cost of producing passports with the latest security measures.

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Kids' Passport Cards
by: Lillie

Question: I have 2 children with passport cards expiring in March. My eldest will be 16 by the time his expires. We want to "upgrade" to passport books.

Is there any advantage to renewing before the cards expire? It seems like since they are/were minors we have to complete new forms with all supporting documents anyhow. We will not be traveling in the next 6 months. Thanks!

Answer: There is no need to wait until the passport cards expire to apply for new passports. However, if your eldest child applies for his passport book after he turns 16, he will be issued an adult passport which will be valid for 10 years. So there is an advantage to waiting until the passport expires or until your son's 16th birthday.

The younger one will still have a 5-year passport.

15 years to the date or year after expiring?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired on March 20, 2007, and it is now November 2022. Do I now need to apply for an entirely new passport since it is over 15 years to the date OR are applications for same-year renewals in the final year of time to extend validly?

Answer: You now need to submit a new application as if it's your first time.

Passport Renewal or get a new one?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport was issued in 2012 when I was 12 years old. How long is this passport valid? The date expiration on the passport is 27 Dec 2017 and I’m now 24 yrs old.

Answer: Passports issued to minors are only valid for 5 years and cannot be submitted for renewal.

You need to submit a new passport application as an adult. This has to be done in person at an acceptance facility.

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Please note that regular service takes 8 to 11 weeks while expedited service takes 5 to 7 weeks. These are just processing times and do not include the time it takes for the application to arrive at the processing center and then to your mailing address once the passport is issued.

Passport issued 14 Jul 2009
by: Anonymous

Question: Passport issued 2009, how long is this good for? I would like to travel for medical reasons within the next few months. Is this passport valid? The date expiration on the passport is 13 Jul 2019.

Answer: You can no longer use that passport for travel since it is already expired. You need to renew your passport before you can travel.

Standard service currently takes 8 to 11 weeks. If you expedite, processing will take 5 to 7 weeks. Select the service you need according to your travel plans. We also recommend waiting until the new passport arrives before making any final travel arrangements.

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What happens if my passport expires while I'm out of the country?
by: Anonymous

Question: What happens if my passport expires while I'm out of the country?

Answer: You will not be expressly declined re-entry to the United States if you arrive with an expired passport.

If you have been overseas before January 2020 and your passport expired after January 2020, you may re-enter the United States with your expired passport until March 31st.

Can I still renew?
by: Anonymous

Question: If my passport was issued September 24, 2007 ( and I was over 16)and it expired September 23 2017, c,an I still renew? From what I can tell I can as long as it's by September 24 2022.

Answer: Yes, you can still apply for a renewal by mail. Standard service takes 8 to 11 weeks while expedited takes 5 to 7. Please make sure you have your new passport in hand before making any final travel arrangements.

Do I need to show my citizenship certificate?
by: NATALIE BOSSLADY

Question: My passport was issued in 2008 and expired 2018. When renewing my passport by mail, do I need to mail my citizenship certificate or just my passport and updated photo by mail?

Answer: There is no need to submit your citizenship certificate. Please mail the following to the address indicated in the application form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Most recently-issued passport
3. One new passport photo
4. Payment for fees

Please note that standard service currently takes 8 to 11 weeks and expedited service takes 5 to 7 weeks. This does not include mailing times. We strongly recommend not making any final travel arrangements until after you receive your passport.

Expired
by: Ty

Question: My passport was issued 2009 and expired 2019. I was 18 y.o. Can I renew or need to apply for a new one?

Answer: You may apply for a renewal by mail. Please note that it can take up to 18 weeks from the day your application is submitted to the day you receive your new passport. If you pay for expedited service, it may take up to 12 weeks.

If you have travel plans in the next 12 weeks or less, we recommend applying through a private passport courier. Our trusted service, Rush My Passport can process renewals in 4.5 weeks on average.

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Expired Passport
by: Rebecca

Question: Hello. My passport expired on 02/20/2017. What will be the procedure to get it renewed, reissued?

Answer: You may apply for a passport renewal by mail. Please prepare the following and mail them to the appropriate on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Old passport
3. One new passport photo
4. Payment for fees

Routine service may take up to 18 weeks. If you pay for expedited service, it may take up to 12 weeks to get your new passport. If you are traveling soon, a private passport courier may be able to get your passport issued in about 4.5 weeks.

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Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I was issued a passport on 8/2/2007 and it expired on 8/1/2017. What would I need to do to obtain a new passport?

Answer: Hello! Since it has only been over 4 years since the passport expired, you may still apply for a renewal by mail. Please mail the following to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Old passport
3. One new passport photo
4. Payment for fees

Routine service takes 10 to 12 weeks to complete. If you expedite, processing will take 4 to 6 weeks.

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How before or after expiration date?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expires on December 28th of this year. Do I have until then to submit for renewal or how long after it expires can I renew it before I have to resubmit for a new one?

Answer: A passport issued with full 10 years validity can be renewed up to five years after it expires.

Passport Card & Passport Book
by: T

Question: We have passport cards that are valid through April 2023. Our passport books expired September 2011 and were returned with hole punches.
Both our expired passport books and current passport cards are in excellent condition.

What do we need to renew/replace our passport books?

Answer: You may submit your passport cards for a renewal by mail to get new passport books. Please mail the following to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82 (check the box for passport book at the top)
2. Current passport cards
3. 1 passport photo taken in the last 6 months
4. Payment for fees
5. Signed request for the passport cards to be returned as valid


Name Changed
by: Evie Remollo

Question: Hello,

My current passport will be expiring on January 3,2023. Can I renew it now? Also, I have a court order of a name change. So I want to change my name (with court order) and renew it at the same time?


Thank you so much.

Answer: Hello, Evie. You may apply for a renewal with name change. Please prepare the following and mail them to the address on the form:

1. Form DS-82
2. Current passport
3. Original or certified copy of name change court order
4. One new passport photo
5. Payment for fees

Please note, though, that processing of all passport applications be delayed due to the COVID-19 situation.

Renewal
by: Noelia

Question: If my passport expired back in Dec 2011, will I have to do a whole New application? We are in 2019 now.

Answer: Since it has been over 5 years since expiration, you need to submit a
new passport application in person.

Status of Passport Renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: Is there any way to check status of my passport renewal?

Answer: Yes. You may check the status of your application here: http://uspsg.net/status/

Renew
by: Anonymous

Question: May passport will expire in 2 years. Can I renew within 1 year before it will expire?

Answer: Yes, you can. You may renew your passport your passport anytime during its validity and up to five years after expiration.

Renewal of US Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport will expire on February 9th. Can I still send in my application today to renew?

Answer: Yes, you can. You may renew your passport anytime during its validity and up to 5 years after it expires.

Expiration date question
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired on August 13, 2013. It is now Sept 20, 2018. Can I still apply to renew my passport?

Answer: Since it has been over 5 years, you now need to apply for a new passport as if for the first time. You need to do this in person at an acceptance facility. You can set an appointment here.

Passport
by: Dhara m parekh

Question: I am 15 years 6 months. My British child passport has just expired. Can I wait another 5 months and apply for an adult British passport directly? I am not travelling in the next 6 months.

Which form do i need for a first adult passport?

Answer: Please contact Her Majesty's Passport Office for information regarding British passports.

Renewal question
by: Anonymous

Question: I am an adult and my passport expired June 4 2011. Can I renew it with my old passport?

Answer: Only passports that have expired in the last 5 years are eligible for renewal. You can no longer renew your passport. Instead, you need to apply for a new passport as if for the first time.

You need to submit the following in person at an acceptance facility:

1. Form DS-11 (complete but do not sign)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Proof of identity plus photocopy
4. One passport photo
5. Payment for fees

You can find a post office location and schedule an appointment here.

Birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I lost my birth certificate and I am not in America. Can I get a birth certificate from the nearest embassy? Is there a record that they will find that I was born in America because I do not have any proof.

Answer: There is a wide range of services afforded by U.S. Embassies and Consulates to American citizens. Please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance.

Retail
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my passport expired 2 weeks ago. Can I just pay renewal fees? Or do I need to get a new one? And what is the cost.

Answer: If your most recent passport is in good condition and you can submit it with the application, you may apply for a renewal by mail. Please complete Form DS-82 and mail it with your passport, new passport photo and payment for fees. The address is on the form.

The renewal fee is $110. Routine service takes 6-8 weeks. If you want to get your passport in 2-3 weeks, please add $60 expedite fee. We also recommend you add $15.45 for overnight shipping.

How many months before I have to renew my passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: If my passport expires in August and I'm going to travel in April, should I renew my passport before my trip?

Answer: The answer depends on your destination. Many countries require at least six months of validity beyond your stay as an entry requirement. If you plan to visit one of these countries, you need to renew your passport before your trip.

What requirement needed to apply for a new passport
by: Fay

Question: Hello, I obtained my US passport since I became a US citizens, but now my passport have been expired for over 6 years. It was issued to me on Aug, 15 1997. What requirements do I need to have to apply for a new one? Because I don't what happened to my green card if they ask for it.

Answer: Since your passport has been expired more than 5 years, you will have to appear at an application acceptance facility in order to apply for a new passport. You can use your previously-issued passport as evidence of U.S. citizenship.

correction
by: Anonymous

Question: Don't you mean 2026?

Answer: Passports issued to American citizens age 16 or older can be renewed by mail up to 15 years after the date of issuance or 5 years after the date of expiration. Note, passports that are significantly damaged or those that were issued to minors age 15 or younger cannot be renewed by mail.

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