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Passport Renewal FAQ

Want to know when, where and how to renew a passport? You can get the answers to your questions about renewing a U.S. passport directly below.

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Top 20 Passport Renewal Questions & Answers

How can I renew my passport?

To renew your passport, mail the completed renewal form with your previously-isssued passport, a recent passport photo and payment for fees to the address on the form.

Passports issued to minors age 15 or younger cannot be renewed by mail nor those that are significantly damaged. In both cases, it is necessary to apply in person at an application acceptance facility.

How early can I apply for a passport renewal?

We recommend you submit the application for a passport renewal approximately nine months before it expires. However, you can renew a passport at any time. You may want to include a brief explanation if your request is made a couple of years or more before the date of expiration.

Do I need to renew my passport before my trip?

Just because a passport has not expired does not mean that it is valid for a specific destination. Many countries require a passport have three to six months of validity remaining as an entry requirement. If your passport does not have sufficient validity for the countries you plan to visit, you will need to apply for a renewal before your trip.

What application form is required to renew a passport?

Form DS-82: Application For Passport Renewal By Mail

How do I affix my photo to Form DS-82?

You should affix the passport photo as per the instructions on the form. Use two staples along each side of the photo.

Where should I send my passport renewal application?

Please mail the renewal form to one of the addresses below. This only applies to applicants in the United States. You must use a service that delivers to post office boxes.

Routine Service:

National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90155 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

Expedite Service:

National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90955 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

How should I send the passport renewal application?

Place the completed application form and supporting documents in a large envelope. Do not fold the form. We recommend you mail the renewal form and any personal documents using a traceable delivery method.

How much does it cost to renew a passport?

The renewal fee is $110 for a passport book and $30 for a passport card. You can request both the book and the card on the same application form.

How long does it take to get a passport renewed?

The time it takes to processing a renewal application is approximately six weeks for routine service.

How can I expedite a passport renewal?

There are three ways to expedite a passport renewal. You can request expedited service by mail, schedule an appointment at a regional processing center or employ the services of a registered expediter.

Can I request expedited service after sending the application?

It may be possible to expedite a renewal after submitting the form. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative about this.

What is the fastest way to renew a passport?

It is possible to get an emergency passport renewal processed as quickly as the same day at a regional agency. The expedited commitment at these centers is to process applications within eight business days. However, an agent will evaluate your situation and the current demand to determine how quickly your application can be processed. Applicants who are unable to visit one of the agencies can get a third party to submit the application.

Will I get my old passport back?

Yes, you will get your old passport back unless it has been signficantly damaged or altered. The old passport will be cancelled and returned to you. It may arrive separately from your new passport.

How do I renew a child's passport?

Passports issued to minors age 15 or younger cannot be renewed by mail. To renew a child's passport, the minor must apply in person with both parents at an application acceptance facility.

Can I renew my passport in person?

The only place you can renew a passport in person is at a regional processing center. In order to do this, you must provide proof that you will be traveling within 2 weeks or need to obtain a foreign visa within 4 weeks.

How do I renew my passport while abroad?

You should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general in order to get information about renewing your passport abroad.

Can I renew my passport if I can't find it?

No, you cannot renew by mail if you can't find your passort. If it is still valid, you should register a lost passport report. In this case, you must apply in person at an application acceptance facility.

Can I renew my passport by mail if it is expired?

You can renew an expired passport as long as it was not issued more than 15 years ago.

Where can I check the status of my passport renewal?

You can check the status of your application here. Note, it takes 5-7 business days for the application to be entered into the system. Also, details about the process are not provided. You will only discover if your application is being processed or completed.

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More Passport Renewal Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I renew my passport if I can't mail it in? Question: I need my passport everyday since I work in Mexico. What is the best way to renew, since I can't mail it in with form DS-82?

Forget to check passport book box on application form Question: I am renewing my passport and I forgot to check the Passport Book box at the top of the form. I have indicated on the application that I will be traveling to Italy. Will they send it back?

Can I renew my passport even if can't find it? Question: My passport is in a box in a storage unit that I can't get to. Is there a way I can get the passport renewed even though I do not have it in my possession?

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Which form do I use to get another passport? Question: I had a passport but I cannot find it. It got packed away in a move. It is probably almost expired because I think I got it about 10 years ago. Do I apply as a renewal? What form do I use?

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How to answer Question 20 on form DS-82? Question: Both me and my wife have passports that we got around 9 years ago. We do not know the exact location of our next trip. How do we complete question 20 on the form?

Is there still an official record of my expired passport? Question: I'm applying for a new passport because my former one expired years ago. I can't find my old passport to use it as identification. Is a record somewhere of the old passport that I could have someone look up?

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