Traveling internationally this year?  You'll need to first check your passport before you plan on your fun trip!  This article covers when you are eligble to renew your passport, how to renew your passport and how fast you can renew your US passport.

Last year, more than 148 million Americans had a valid passport, which is a big increase from years in the past when just 20 years ago only 7.3 million US citizens had  passport, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.

In 2019, the US State Department processed almost 20 million passport applications alone.  Typically, at least half are US citizens who needed to renew a passport.

How to Renew a US Passport

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Applying for a US Passport can be a daunting process, starting with trying to determine what you are eligible for and what are the requirements for a specific passport service. 

Bonus : Differences between a Passport Book and Passport Card

To start there are two types of "passports".  A US Passport book is a physical book with pages inside it for stamps and travel visas.  Books are required for air travel and are definitely the most common type of passport available.  There are more than 20 million issued every year.  Another "passport" is a US Passport Card.  Passport Cards are the size of a drivers license and are useful as a form of ID and travel via car and sea to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

Now that we have established the difference between a passport card and passport book, let's dive into the types of services available.

Which passport service do I apply for?

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Going on a trip and suddenly realize that your need to renew your passport?  What do you do, you ask? How long does it take to renew a passport anyway?  We at Passports and Visas.com have some answers for you!

How long it takes to expedite a passport renewal depends on your date of departure and the method by which you are submitting your passport application.

Let's get going!

How long does it take to renew a passport

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Wondering how much it costs to renew your passport?  You came to the right place!  Let's explore the different passport renewal fees and options to obtaining a US passport renewal.

Let's start by discussing the cost of an adult US passport renewal.  A US Passport Book is a blue book that can be used for international travel via all forms of transportation (air, sea, car).  A adult passport book is typically valid for 10 years and is eligible to for a passport renewal at any time during the validity period of the passport and 5 years after it has expired.

How much does it cost to renew passport

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Getting ready for your fabulous international trip?   Now, all you need to do is pack your bags..and check to make sure you passport is still good!  You'll need to make sure your passport is valid and handy.   Applying to replace a lost passport or renew a passport in a hurry can take a little more time so lets get started and examine questions regarding how long it takes to get a passport, what makes it valid and more!

how long is a passport good for

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Whether you lost your passport or changed your name, you'll need to replace your passport if you want to travel.

But, do you renew your old passport or do you get a new one?

Well, it depends on your passport needs.

In this post, we'll go over these two methods of getting a new passport. We'll also highlight the differences and similarities between each application process.

Let's get started. 

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