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Passport Renewal

The most effective method to Renew your Passport

It’s far easier to renew your passport than to get a new one. US passports must be renewed every ten years and are valid for another five years after their current expiration date. As a result, you actually have 15 years starting from the date it was issued to renew it. You must, however, apply for a new passport as the one you now have was issued more than 15 years ago. When your passport’s validity is about to expire, another thing to keep in mind is that most nations demand that you have 3-6 months of validity remaining on your passport from the date of departure; otherwise, you risk being denied entry to your intended destination.

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Notice:  There should be changes to the passport renewal process in 2022.The Department of State has been ordered to create a new online renewal mechanism for US passports as a result of a recent executive order.

Eligibility of Passport Renewal

As long as the following conditions are met for your current passport, you may renew it:

  • your current passport was released no more than 15 years ago.
  • When it was issued, you were at least 16 years old.
  • possesses no substantial damage
  • still accurately reflects your legal name, or you possess the original court documents demonstrating the name change.

Documents & Applications for Passport Renewal

Next, gather all of the required paperwork, including:

  • Current Passport –Passport currently valid, issued within the last 15 years, and undamaged.
  • Passport Photos – Passport photos must have a white backdrop and be 2 x 2.
  • Government Fee – A money order or check (but not a starting check) for the amount listed on the DS-82’s page devoted to fees and services is required. Depending on the things you order and the amount of service time you require, the amount varies. The US Department of State should be listed on the check. As doing so will delay your service, refrain from shortening this.
  • DS–82 Application – DS-82 application printed and signed after completion.

The DS-82 form, which serves as the application for renewal, must be filled out as soon as you are certain you are qualified to renew your US passport. The identical inquiries you were asked during the application process will be repeated on the DS-82. The best way to complete this form is online, even if you can get it from the post office. This results in fewer mistakes and a lower possibility of suspension. If you decide to fill it out by hand, make sure the writing is clear and done in black ink.  Click Here for Tips on filling out DS-82.

Do not forget to include the legal documentation proving your name change if it has occurred since you last applied. However, you can alter your name without having to go through the passport renewal process if your name has changed and your passport was issued less than a year ago. Click here for name change process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Passport Renewals

Can a child’s passport be renewed?

No, a minor must reapply in person every 5 years. Any passport issued before the age of 16 is NOT renewable.

Can I renew my passport by mail with USPS?

Yes you can renew your passport by mail if:
-The issue date of your last passport was less than 15 years ago.
-You were 16 or older when it was issued.
-Your name is the same, or you can submit name-change documentation (marriage certificate or court order).
-You can submit your most recent passport and it is undamaged.

How long is a passport valid and when should it be renewed?

If you were over age 16 when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 10 years. If you were age 15 or younger when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 5 years. The issue date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card. If possible, you should renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Will I get my old passport back when I renew?

Typically yes. The Department of State usually will return the old, canceled passport. However, the decision to return or destroy a canceled passport is entirely at the discretion of the Department of State. If the passport is damaged, the Department of State typically destroys the passport rather than return it. A returned, cancelled passport usually has a hole punched in it or is clearly labeled cancelled.

Can I renew my passport if I changed my name?

If you need to change the name in your passport, and your passport is less than one year old, use Form DS-5504. If your current passport is more than one year old and you wish to change the name, you will need to apply for Passport Renewal. You will need to submit the original court document indicating the name change or original marriage certificate, along with your current passport and other supporting documents.

My passport expired years ago, can I still renew it?

If the expired passport expired more than 5 years ago, it is not eligible to be renewed and you must do a new passport application instead.