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What is the current passport renewal fees?

by Donna
(California)

Question: My passport will be expiring this August. Where can I obtain the mailing passport renewal form in northern California? I don't have access to a printer to print out the application form from online.


Answer: You can download Form DS-82 and save it on a pen drive. Then, take the pen drive to a copy store to have it printed. You can also complete the form online and then download it and have it printed.

Question: I also need to know how much to include for my passport renewal and whether or not a personal check is acceptable?

Answer: The current fee for a passport renewal is $110. Personal checks are acceptable. The check should be made out to the "Department of State". You should also print your full name and date of birth on the front of the check.

Question: When the application is ready to be mailed, will the local U.S. post office workers be able to offer a traceable delivery service that delivers to PO box address of the passport renewal center?

Answer: Yes, the United States post office offers a traceable delivery method to a PO box address.

Question: I have travel plans for June to France. Is mailing my passport to renew a good idea? My concern is that my passport document can get lost in the mail and I'll never get to travel. What do I do if my document gets lost?

Answer: The use of a traceable delivery method will help ensure that your application for a passport renewal arrives safely to the processing center. You can add $15.45 to the payment for overnight delivery of your new passport.

If you follow the instructions above, there should be no problem getting your passport renewed in time for your trip. If the passport is lost, you can report the loss and apply for a new passport. While this is not likely to happen, it can. Therefore, apply early and ensure that your travel document arrives with plenty of time to spare.

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Passport renewal paid but no passports received in 5 months
by: Anonymous

Question: We sent our passports and photos and renewal fees in November 2020. The check for the renewal fee was cashed long ago. We can't understand why we haven't received new passports, (and old ones).

Answer: Have you received any communication from passport services asking for additional documentation? Applications take longer to process when there are missing requirements.

It is also possible that the passports have been issued and sent out but were lost during transit or upon arrival at their destination.

We recommend that you contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 to find out what happened to your passports. If they say they have issued the passports, ask for the issue date.

If it has been less than 90 days since the issue date, you may file Form DS-86 Statement of Non-Receipt of U.S. Passport in order to get new passports reissued.

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