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How to apply for or renew a U.S. passport

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Passport renewals

Your expired or soon-to-expire U.S. passport can be renewed by mail if it meets all the following requirements:

  • It is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
  • It was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • It was issued within the last 15 years

 

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must renew in person at an authorized Passport Application Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency.

 

If you are eligible to renew your passport by mail:

  1. Fill out Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail
  2. Submit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or card
  3. If your name has changed, submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order
  4. Pay the applicable fee
  5. Provide one passport photo (photo requirements)
  6. Mail in the application

 

For more information, such as where to mail your passport renewal materials in each state, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

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Expedited requests

Renewals: Passport renewal applicants can request expedited service by mail or apply in person. AAA members can get exclusive AAA rates on expedited passport courier services through RushMyPassport.

First-time applicants: First-time applicants requesting expedited service must do so in person.

In-person requests for expedited service can be made at a passport office near you:

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information on how to request expedited passport service and the current processing times for passport applications.

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First-time applicants

You must apply in person at an authorized Passport Application Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport
  • You are under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change

 

First-time applicants will need to bring these items and documents:

  • A photocopy of presented documents

 

For more information, such as what qualifies as evidence of U.S. citizenship and the required dimensions for passport photos, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

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