All you need to know about passport renewal

  • 01 May 2022

The DS-82 form also referred to as 'U.S. Passport Renewal Application For Eligible Individuals This form is required to be completed for the renewal of your passport. However, before you begin a renewal application for your passport it is essential to determine whether you're eligible to apply for the renewal. If not, then you'll be required to submit a request for the renewal of your passport personally. Here are the conditions you need to meet in order in order to be eligible to renew your passport by mail.

Your U.S passport is only renewed if all of the conditions listed below are satisfied:

  • You're still carrying your U.S. Passport in your possession.
  • Your prior U.S. Passport was issued at the age of 16 or more.
  • Your prior U.S. Passport was issued not more than 15 years old.
  • Current U.S. Passport is undamaged

Your passport was issued under your current name, or you have the ability to show proof of the change of your name.

Sometimes, a U.S Passport can get lost or stolen, and the person might not realize it's missing. If this happens you won't be able to utilize an adult renewal of passport program to get the passport replaced. Instead, you'll need to follow the steps to replace a lost or stolen passport.

How much is the COST of renewing the passport?

This is the cost of routine passport services. It is not applicable to passport services that are expedited.

Passport Book (Adults): $110

Passport Book (Minors): $80

Passport books are the most common choice, but you can also choose to add the passport card at an additional cost. If you are expediting at a post office you'll get charged an additional $60.00 (processing time is between 4-8 weeks or more based on the volume of business they handle at the moment). When you expedite with the 24-hour Passport or Visas (processing time ranging from 2-weeks to 24-hours based upon the type of service that you need) is charged differently depending on the speed at which you need the passport service. You can find the price for expedited passport services from the 24 hour Passport as well as Visas here.

The fee must be included in a personal check or money order made payable to the US Department of State. Include your full name and birth date on the back of the money order. The cash option isn't accepted for a method of payment via mail.

Here's how to write your check out to "U.S. Department of State":

What is the time frame for renewing your passport?

It is contingent on the type of service you've selected. If you've chosen to want to get a regular passport, the time to process may take between 12 and 16 weeks based on the volume of requests. There's an increase in the number of passport applications submitted during times of high travel demand which could cause additional delays when you apply through postal offices. The peak time for travel is typical during the time of the holidays when vacationers plan their getaways. If you require to get your passport sooner than this, you need to accelerate the application process.

By using the expedited option the process for applying for the renewal or renewal of a passport expiring or other passport-related matters is reduced. The processing time for the application is between 4 and six weeks when applying via postal offices. It is possible to renew it in just 24 hours if you apply through an agent for passports such as 24 Hour Passport or Visas. This option is available to you, but 24 Hour Passport or Visa will charge an additional fee for the speedier process of the application. See the cost here.

What are the required documents to renew your passport?

In addition to the completed application form DS-82 Here are the documents you'll need to prepare prior to when you begin your application:

  • Two passport photographs (2 2 inches two inches x 2 inches) with white background). The photo service is available in our office.
  • Proof of Identity (optional).
  • Call us to request an Authorization Letter.
  • Travel itinerary.
  • 24-Hour Passport and Visas online order receipt (If you choose the expedited service for your passport, you will receive a receipt with the 24-hour passport and visas).
  • Check or money order made payable to US Department of State for $170.00.