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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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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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