Need help with your US passport renewal? Easily follow these simple steps to get your travel document so you can set off for your enriching vacation. Fortunately, the renewal process is quite easy and has the least amount of steps compared to other passport procedures.
You qualify for a USA passport renewal if:
- You are a resident of the United States and you can provide your old passport.
- Were over the age of 16 when you got the passport.
- It was issued in the last fifteen years.
- Either have the same name or documented proof of a name change such as an original marriage certificate.
You will also have to look at the condition of your old passport. Even though it is already expired, the US Department of State considers damaged passports to be invalid proof of identification. Unfortunately, if it is damaged then you will not be able to get a renewal. Instead, you will have to go through the process of replacing a damaged passport.
Go to the US Department of State travel website and download the passport application for renewal, also known as the DS-82 form. You can also choose to use the online application instead of downloading a PDF.
You will have to get a new photograph taken. This is a good thing for some people since first time passport photographs are notoriously unattractive. Most people want a better looking, recent photo.
The cost of a passport renewal can vary depending on how fast you need it. The regular processing fee is $110. If you need it faster then you will need to pay an additional $60 to the passport agency.
You can then submit your application package for processing once you have the exact payment amount, new photographs, your old passport and a completed application.
If you apply by mail, it is best to use certified mail which will let you know that the passport application has been delivered. Also, thanks to the modern age of technology, you can easily track the progress of the processing online.
It does not take long to receive your passport. On average it takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Plan ahead and start applying early just to be on the safe side. After all, you don’t want to postpone the vacation you’ve been looking forward to because you forgot to get your passport renewed.
For anyone living overseas, the United States passport renewal rules are slightly different. To get it taken care of, visit your local embassy or consulate. The staff there will be more than happy to assist you. Make sure to plan ahead to avoid getting stuck trying to get your application processed in time for your trip.