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Should I renew my passport now before the fees increase?

by Marty
(Indianapolis, In, usa)

Question: My passport expires in 2 years. I was older than 16 years at time of issuance of this passport. I live in the U.S. and there is no name change needed and am older than 16.

With the passport fees increasing in April, 2010, can I renew my passport now before the rates increase? Also, when will this new passport expire: that is 10 years from the issue date of new renewed passport(which would be 2020) OR 10 years from the expiration of my old passport (which would be 2022)?

Answer: You can renew your passport any time you want to but will lose any remaining validity. The increase in fees for a renewal will be an additional $35 so you have to decide if the loss of two year's validity is worth this amount.

Passport are valid from the date of issuance so the new passport will be valid until 2020 if you apply this year.

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