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Should the renewal application be sent via certified mail?

by Arlene
(Stoughton, MA)

Question: I have everything ready to MAIL but want to know the best way to mail all the renewal documentation including my original passport.

Do you recommend US postal service? Do you recommend Certified mail with return receipt? Can the documents be sent via Regular Mail? Is FedEx or UPS a good option?

Answer: You are strongly encouraged to mail your passport application and any personal documents using a traceable delivery method. This will minimize the risk of your documents getting lost.

A traceable delivery method lets you confirm the receipt of your package at the intended destination. Traceable delivery methods include:

* USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation
* USPS Priority Mail with Signature Confirmation
* USPS Express Mail (for overnight delivery requests) traceable delivery method

USPS Certified Mail and USPS Registered Mail are also forms of traceable mail but take longer to reach the mailing destination than Priority or Express Mail service.

Please Note: Your application for a passport renewal will be sent to a PO Box. Therefore, the traceable delivery method used must be able to deliver to a PO Box address.

Also, in order to protect the contents of your mailing from the elements throughout the delivery process, you are encouraged to send your passport application and any personal documents using a secure means of packaging, such as a Tyvek envelope.

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Stapling material
by: Anonymous

Question: Should application pages 1 and 2 be stapled together? Also, should check also be stapled to application when paying by mail?

Answer: You can staple the pages together but do not staple the check. Instead, write your name and birth date on the back of the check so it can be identified in case it gets separated from the other requirements.

What if tragedy strikes?
by: None Disclosed

Question: I just sent my passport renewal with my previous passport, certified copy of my wedding license since my name changed, and all my current contact info, including SSN as requested on the renewal form, through the mail. I used Priority mail (traceable) in a Tyvek envelope. However, I am paranoid about what will occur if my mail is lost or stolen, since this has happened to mail coming to me and sent from me in the past - even when dropped off at the Postal Office itself. How can this method of mailing all our most valuable information together be considered safe? USPS takes NO responsibility when they lose mail or have mail stolen. What are the recommended steps to take if my packet is ‘lost?’

Answer: Since you used a traceable delivery method, it is highly unlikely that your parcel will be lost. You can keep track of your documents and follow-up if need be.

Also, you can check the status of your application here:

Mailed to wrong center
by: Anonymous

Question: What if I mail my renewal to wrong passport center?

Answer: There is a chance that your application will be processed by that center. If not, it will be sent to the correct processing center.

po box with signature
by: Anonymous

When mail is sent to a po box that needs to be signed for, a note is put in the po box and the owner then has to come to the window and sign for the mail.

In the case of a large firm like this, the P O will create a manifest with all the pieces on a page and the pick up person will sign for all the pieces on one page.

Question #20
by: Anonymous

Question: What do I write in block # 20 if I don't have any travel plans as of yet?

Answer: You do not need to fill in #20 if you do not have travel plans.

Sending Passport Renewals
by: Anonymous

Question: One of the methods of mailing documents you list includes a signature required service - yet you know that this is going to a PO Box. Why even include this method of tracking when it is not an option?

Answer: USPS Priority Mail with Signature Confirmation is an acceptable form of delivery. The confirmation will be signed.

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