Passport Renewal

Ready to renew your US passport?

You can renew your US passport by mail if your most recent U.S. passport is undamaged and can be submitted with your new passport application. If your old US passport is mutilated, altered or damaged, you cannot apply for a new US passport by mail. You need to apply in person.

Also, when was your old passport issued to you? Was it issued when you were age 16 or older? If your answer is yes, then you’re qualified to submit your passport renewal by mail.

How old is your previous US passport? You need to make sure that this old passport was issued within the last 15 years because if it was over 15 years already, then you will have to submit your new passport application in person. Also, make certain that you will still be using the same name that was printed on your old passport or you can legally document your name change.

How to Renew Your U.S. Passport by Mail:

If you are renewing your US passport from inside the United States, you must submit Form DS-82, Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail. Locate Form DS-82 and step-by-step instructions at Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and US Department of State strongly encourage US passport applicants to mail their passport application and any personal documents using a traceable delivery method and use the right size envelope, one that’s large enough to fit your application form and the supporting contents without folding. This to protect the contents of your mailing from the elements throughout the delivery process. Please also note that US passports renewed by mail in the United States may only be mailed to United States and Canadian addresses.

If you are submitting your US passport application/renewal from Outside the United States, please follow the following steps:

1. For U.S. citizens residing abroad (except those who are living in Canada), you should renew their passports at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.

2. Those U.S. citizens residing in Canada may submit Form DS-82: Application for U.S. Passport by Mail to the address listed on the form.

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Passport Renewal

September 13th, 2012

Ready to renew your US passport?

You can renew your US passport by mail if your most recent U.S. passport is undamaged and can be submitted with your new passport application. If your old US passport is mutilated, altered or damaged, you cannot apply for a new US passport by mail. You need to apply in person.

Also, when was your old passport issued to you? Was it issued when you were age 16 or older? If your answer is yes, then you’re qualified to submit your passport renewal by mail.

How old is your previous US passport? You need to make sure that this old passport was issued within the last 15 years because if it was over 15 years already, then you will have to submit your new passport application in person. Also, make certain that you will still be using the same name that was printed on your old passport or you can legally document your name change.

How to Renew Your U.S. Passport by Mail:

If you are renewing your US passport from inside the United States, you must submit Form DS-82, Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail. Locate Form DS-82 and step-by-step instructions at Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and US Department of State strongly encourage US passport applicants to mail their passport application and any personal documents using a traceable delivery method and use the right size envelope, one that’s large enough to fit your application form and the supporting contents without folding. This to protect the contents of your mailing from the elements throughout the delivery process. Please also note that US passports renewed by mail in the United States may only be mailed to United States and Canadian addresses.

If you are submitting your US passport application/renewal from Outside the United States, please follow the following steps:

1. For U.S. citizens residing abroad (except those who are living in Canada), you should renew their passports at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.

2. Those U.S. citizens residing in Canada may submit Form DS-82: Application for U.S. Passport by Mail to the address listed on the form.

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