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How long do I have to renew my passport?

by Cam

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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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.

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/

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.

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.

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.

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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