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Passports

Renew my Passport by Mail

You must renew by mail if your most recent passport meets all requirements

Please Note: If your recent passport doesn't meet the requirements then you have to apply for a new one

recent passport requirements

-Is undamaged (other than normal "wear and tear")

-Was issued when you were age 16 or older

-Was issued within the last 15 years

-Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)


Things to mail with form

1. A Completed DS-82 Form

2. Your most recent U.S, Passport

3. A 2x2 Passport Photo


FEES:

ROUTINE | 4-6 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $110
Passport Card: $30
Both: $140
(check or money order)

EXPEDITED | 2-3 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $170
Passport Card: $90
Both: $260
(check or money order)

-If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide a certified copy of the legal name change document.

Examples include:

Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree or Court-Ordered Name Change Document

step by step instructions

1. Fill Out Form DS-82

 Please note:

    • After downloading the DS-82 Form you are able to fill in your information on your computer before printing.
    • You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).
      • If you fail to provide a Social Security number, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application. You will also be subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS pursuant to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E). All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.
      • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”

2. Submit your Most Recent U.S. Passport

You must submit your most recent passport with your application.

Please note:

      • Your U.S. passport book must meet all of the requirements listed at the top of this page.
      • Your old passport book will be returned to you, but generally it will come in a separate mailing from your new passport.

3. Include Name Change Documents (if applicable)

If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide a certified copy of the legal name change document.

Examples include:

      • Marriage certificate
      • Divorce decree
      • Court-ordered name change document

Your name change document will be returned to you in a separate mailing from your new passport.

4. Provide a Photo

You must provide one photo with your passport application.

        • Your head must face the camera directly with full face in view.
        • You must have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open.
        • Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis
        • Taken in the last 6 months
        • Use a plain white or off-white background
        • Be sized correctly:
          • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
          • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
        • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
        • Printed in color
        • You cannot wear glasses.
          • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application.
        • You cannot wear a hat or head covering.
          • If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously in public.
          • If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor’s statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.
          • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.
        • You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.

5. Calculate Fees

Include the fees in the form of a personal check or money order.

ROUTINE | 4-6 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $110
Passport Card: $30
Both: $140
(check or money order)

EXPEDITED | 2-3 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $170
Passport Card: $90
Both: $260
(check or money order)

Make checks or money orders payable to “U.S. Department of State."
Please print the full name and date of birth of the applicant on the front of the check or money order.
Do not send cash. We are not responsible for cash sent through the mail.

6. Mail Completed Application

Inside the United States:

Mail your completed application, including your most recent passport, name change document (if applicable), photo, and fees, to one of the addresses below.

If you live in the United States, you must use the United States Postal Service (USPS) to mail your renewal application and supporting documents

Routine Service:
(If you live in CA, FL, IL, MN, NY, or TX):.

National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 640155
Irving, TX 75064-0155

Routine Service:
(If you live in any other state)

National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90155
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

Expedited Service:
Write “EXPEDITE" on the outside of the mailing envelope.

National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90955
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

When mailing your passport application from the United States, please use:

        • An envelope large enough to fit the application without folding
        • trackable delivery method. The method used must be able to deliver to a P.O. Box address.

Outside the United States:
Please contact your U.S. Embassy and Consulate for how to submit your documents, since processes vary.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Can I apply at an acceptance facility instead of mailing in my renewal application?
    No, if you are applying on Form DS-82, acceptance facilities will not take your application. You must mail in your renewal application yourself. We recommend using a trackable delivery method when mailing in your passport application.
  • Can I renew my passport if it's still valid?
    Yes. Your passport does not have to be expired for you to renew it. We recommend renewing your passport well ahead of any planned international travel, even if it still has a few months validity left on it.
  • I’m behind in child support. Can I get a passport?
    If you are behind in child support payments of $2,500 or more, you cannot get a U.S. passport. For more information, please see Child Support Payments and Getting a U.S. Passport.
  • How will my passport book be mailed back to me?
    If you live in the United States, newly-issued passport books are delivered using Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, unless you pay for Priority Express return service at time of application.