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Submitting an Expired Passport for Renewal

Question: Do I have to submit my most recent passport (will expire in June next year) when I renew or can I submit a prior passport that expired in 1999? I would like to be able to use my current passport until I receive my new one. I have a trip planned to England in June (when my current passport will expire), but I have a trip planned to Italy prior to that.

Also, living in Rochester, NY, I frequently go to Toronto. Therefore, it would be helpful if I could keep my current passport and send in the 1989-1999 passport with my renewal application.

Answer: When applying for a renewal by mail, you must submit your most recently issued passport. Therefore, you cannot submit the passport that expired in 1999.

You can request expedited service by mail in order to get your passport renewed in 2-3 weeks. There is an additional $60 fee for this service.

If 2-3 weeks is not fast enough, you can apply at the Buffalo Passport Agency or through a qualified passport expediting service. Note, you must submit evidence of travel within 2 weeks in order to use this service.

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Expired passport date
by: Deb

Question: My passport expired in January 2018, do I renew as a first-time applicant?

Answer: Since your passport has been expired for over 5 years, you now need to submit a new application in person at a passport office. Appointments are often required.

by: Sherri

Question: My passport expired on September 3, 2018. I want to renew by mail. What is the best mailing option to ensure that the Passport Office receives my application with the 15 year time frame?

Answer: Purchase USPS' Priority Mail Express for faster shipping of your application to the processing center.

by: Anonymous

Question: Mi pasaporte fue emitido en enero/2008 se vencía en enero 2018 ,, hace 5 años q está vencido,,, mi pregunta,,,, puedo renovarlo por correo o tengo que ir a un correo postal de USA y hacerlo nuevo.

Answer: Ahora debe presentar una nueva solicitud de pasaporte en persona en el centro de aceptación local.

El proceso y los requisitos se describen en la siguiente página web:

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Passport expired in 2016
by: Anonymous

Question: So do I need to apply for a new passport or can I renew in person?

Answer: You need to submit a new passport application in person.

Renewing an expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired on Oct. 14. I need to renew and I need to expedite. If all works out will leave the US on Dec 26. What is the cost?

Answer: Expedited service currently takes 4 to 6 weeks excluding mailing times on the front and back end. If you apply soon, there is a chance you will get your passport in time for your trip in December.

The following fees apply:

-Application fee: $130
-Expedite fee: $60
-Overnight delivery: $18.32

TOTAL: $208.32

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by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired in 2016. Can I still renew it?

Answer: Since it has been over 5 years since your passport expired, you now need to submit a new application instead of a renewal. You may still send your old passport as proof of U.S. citizenship but you need to submit your application in person and pay the execution fee ($35).

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Is it 5 years or 15 years?
by: Anonymous

Question: My mother’s passport expired 7 years ago, and it is in good condition. I have read that we can renew by mail if it expired within the past 5 years and I also saw 15 years. Can we send in the passport that expired 7 years ago for renewal?

Answer: A passport can only be renewed by mail if it was issued within the last 15 years AND expired not more than 5 years to date. Your mother now needs to submit a new passport application.

Expired passport 4 years ago
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I renew my expired passport which expired July 2016? OR do I have to apply as new applicant?

Answer: As long as the passport was issued when you were age 16 or older and with full 10 years validity, you may apply for a renewal by mail.

Renewal of passort that expired 1 month ago
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has expired 1 month ago and I need to go to the USA. Can I still renew my passport?

Answer: Yes. You may apply for a correction at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate located in the country where you currently reside.

passport is soon to expire
by: Anonymous

Question:My passport will expire 21 Sept. Can I file my application and other required documents by mail through the suggested couriers?

Answer: Yes, you may apply for a passport renewal by mail.

Passport expired for 40 years
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired almost 40 years ago and cannot find it. Will I need to apply for a new passport or would I need to apply for a lost passport?

Answer: You can proceed to applying for a new passport.

Expired passport
by: Linda

Question: My passport expired 4 years ago. Can I renew it or do I have to apply for a new one?

Answer: Hi, Linda. As long as your passport is undamaged and was issued when you were 16 or older, you may renew your passport via mail.

by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired March 2011, can it be renewed or do I need to reapply from the beginning?

Answer: Since your passport expired more than 5 years ago, you can no longer renew it. You need to apply for a new passport as if it's your first one.

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High demand and mailing delays are impacting how long it takes to get a passport.

  • Standard service is currently taking between 7 and 10 weeks.
  • Expedited service is currently taking between 3 to 5 weeks.

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