Renewing your passport at involves a series of steps.

  • 1. First, you need to confirm your eligibility for mail renewal. You can renew by mail if your most recent passport is undamaged and can be submitted with your application, was issued when you were age 16 or older, was issued within the last 15 years, and was issued in your current name or you can document your name change.
  • 2. If you meet these criteria, you can proceed to the next step. If not, you will need to apply in person at an acceptance facility.
  • 3. Next, you need to fill out Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail. This form can be filled out online or printed and filled out by hand. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill out all required information.
  • 4. After completing the form, you need to prepare your passport renewal package. This includes your most recent U.S. passport, a name change document if applicable, a passport photo that meets the photo requirements, and payment for the renewal fee.
  • 5. The passport photo should be color, 2 x 2 inches, and taken within the last six months. It should be a clear image of your face with a plain white or off-white background.
  • 6. The renewal fee can be paid by check or money order payable to “U.S. Department of State.” The amount depends on whether you are renewing a passport book, card, or both.
  • 7. Once you have all these items, mail your renewal package to the National Passport Processing Center. The address depends on where you live and whether you request expedited service.
  • 8. After mailing your package, you can check your application status online at

Remember, the process may take longer if you are applying from outside the U.S., or if you need to replace a lost or stolen passport. Always plan ahead and start the renewal process well before your passport’s expiration date.

Additional resources

When considering how to renew your passport, there are several government resources that can provide valuable information. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is the primary resource for all passport-related inquiries. Their website offers comprehensive guides on how to renew your passport, including necessary forms, fees, and processing times.

The U.S. Postal Service also plays a significant role in passport renewal. Many post offices offer passport services, including accepting renewal applications and taking passport photos. Their website provides a locator tool to find nearby post offices that offer these services.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can be a useful resource for understanding how to protect your personal information during the renewal process. They offer tips on avoiding scams and keeping your data secure.

Lastly, the National Archives can be helpful if you need to obtain copies of personal documents, like your birth certificate, to submit with your passport renewal application. Their website guides you on how to request these documents.

Remember, each of these resources has its own procedures and requirements, so it’s important to review the information on their websites carefully.

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