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How to Renew Passport: Complete Application Guide


Are you in need of renewing your passport?

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the complicated regulations associated with passport renewal, rest assured that there is a solution.

By utilizing the streamlined platform of, you can simplify the passport renewal process and ensure a smooth experience for your upcoming travels.

Join us as we guide you through the steps of renewing your passport with ease and efficiency, providing you with the peace of mind you deserve.


1. Determine Your Passport Eligibility


To renew your passport, certain conditions must be met—your existing passport must be:

  • Undamaged,
  • Issued when you were 16 or older
  • Obtained in the last 15 years
  • Issued under your current name (or you can legally document the name change).

Should these criteria align with your situation, you can proceed with the renewal process.

If the criteria doesn't apply to you . . .

You'll likely need to apply for a passport as a new applicant rather than pursuing the renewal process—requiring a different set of documents and potentially incurring additional steps and fees.


Can I apply for passport renewal if my passport is damaged?

If your passport not damaged, you are not eligible for a renewal. You have to apply for a completely new one instead. The following are types of damages that you'd have to get an entirely new passport:

  • Water stains
  • Big tears
  • Unofficial markings
  • Missing pages (torn out pages)
  • Hole punch or other signifant damage



What kind of “damage” isn't eligible?

Regular wear and tear of a U.S. passport does not count as damage for passport renewal. This includes:

  • Bending of passport
  • Visa pages fanning when opening and closing


Gather your necessary documents

To renew your passport, you must first acquire all the required paperwork. Which normally consists of:

  • Your current passport
  • A passport-sized photo
  • Fully filled out application for a new passport
  • Identification(Driver's License or any other form of government-issued ID)
  • Citizenship Documentation (birth Certificate or a certificate of naturalization)


2. The Passport Renewal Process

Fill out necessary Form and Application

To renew a passport, fill out the required form and application provided by the Travel.State.Gov (U.S. Department of State) website.

  1. Sign and date your form before your mail it.
  2. Print your form on a single-sided sheet —> they do not accept double-sided forms.
  3. Double-check your date of birth.
  4. Double-check your previous passport issuance date.
  5. Choose to renew a passport book, a passport card, OR both.
  6. Fill out Form DS-82 if you
    • require a first passport book if you only have a passport card
    • require a first passport card if you only have a passport book

**It's recommended to apply for a larger passport book with more pages if you are a big traveler (This can be at no extra free).


Submit your former U.S. passport

If renewing by mail or in person, make sure you submit your most recent passport(s) with your application in order to be eligible for passport renewal.


Changing your name on your passport?

If you're changing your name on your passport renewal, you'll need the following with your application.

This includes certified copies of the legal name change document.

Examples are:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Court-ordred name change document

If you need a copy of any of these certificates, you can apply for a copy online using's application process. We help you mail your information to the jurisdiction!


Provide a photo of yourself

In the application, provide a photo. Passport photo requirements are as follows:

  • 1 color photo
  • Recent photo taken in past 6 months
  • Clear image of your face
  • NO changes to your photo using apps, filters, AI, etc.
  • NO selfies, have someone take your photo or set up a tripod
  • NO glasses
  • Have a white or off-white background
  • NO shadows in background
  • NO texture in background
  • NO lines in background

When attaching the photo to the application, use 4 staples vertically in the corners as close to the outer edges as possible. The application will show you where to place this photo.


3. Understanding Passport Renewal Costs

When submitting your application make sure you pay the appropriate amount to the U.S. Department of State. DO NOT send cash.

  • If you want expedited service —> extra fee of $60
  • If you want shipping of completed passport in 1-2 days after issued —> extra fee of $19.53
  • If you are getting a Passport Book —> fee of $130
  • If you are getting a Passport Card —> fee of $30
  • If you are getting both the Passport Book & Card —> fee of $160

You can check how to pay on the government's website, too.


4. Need Passport At A Specific Time?

  • Traveling in less than 3 weeks —> renew in person at a passport agency or center. (Must be 14 days before travel date).
  • Traveling in more than 3 weeks —> mail your completed application and documents to one of the following addresses below (This depends on where you live and how fast you want to recieve the renewal.
  1. If you want a routine service or live in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York or Texas deliver to —> National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 640155 Irving, TX 75064-0155
  2. If you want a routine service and live in any other state or out of country (Canada) deliver to —> National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90155 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155.
  3. Expedited service? Write “EXPEDITE” on outside of envelope and deliver to —> National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90955 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

REMEMBER: the renewed passport and documents may be mailed in seperately from eachother on different days and it may take 2 weeks to reach processing times.


5. Tracking Your Passport Renewal Process

If you want to track your passport renewal you can sign up for email updates on the government's website.



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  • Jurisdiction – Will complete order and mail copy of the requested vital records to you


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I renew my passport if expired?
    • Yes. Only if the passport was issued within the last 15 years.
  • Can I send multiple renewal application in one mailing?
    • Yes. If someone else is renewing their passport as well, you may send multiple applications within the same envelope.
  • Can I renew my US passport online?
    • No. They can only be renewed by mail. Online renewals are paused.
  • What is the fastest way to renew my US passport?
    • Make an appointment to renew in person at a passport agency or center.
  • Can I renew my passport at the United States Post Office?
    • Yes. Many post offices can accept and help with applications.