How Do I Renew My Passport

You may be wondering, "How do I renew my passport?" if you find yourself with an expired passport and in the midst of traveling plans. Passports are a great tool to have: they allow you to not only travel the world but also prove your identity. This is helpful in many situations, from applying for a driver's license to ordering a drink at a bar.

It's important to know that US passports need to be renewed after a certain number of years have passed. You don't want to book a trip abroad only to realize your passport has expired.

If you do not need to change the information on your passport (if your name has not changed), then you can easily renew your passport using the mail. You just need to fill out a DS-82 form and mail in your request. Additionally, to qualify for a mail-in renewal, you should have a passport that is less than 15 years old and should be one that you received when you were above the age of 16. You can find the form online. If you renew by mail, you will need to send in your old passport, two color photographs, the necessary form and the renewal fee.

If your passport is badly damaged, is more than 15 years old or was received when you were younger than16, then you will have to renew your passport in person. Instead of the DS-82, you would fill out the DS-11.

When renewing a passport, you may have the following question: How do I renew my passport if I'm abroad? Renewing your passport while abroad is more than possible. To do this, go to the nearest US embassy or consulate. You can renew your passport there.

Emergencies and mistakes happen. You may need your passport faster than normal. Expedited passports are more than possible if you are willing to pay an extra fee for the quick processing of your passport and are willing to pay for faster shipping, if necessary.

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