US Passport Renewal Made Easy

When the time comes for your U.S. passport renewal, there are 2 options: You can renew by mail or in person. Mail seems to be the easier choice, but you must meet certain requirements in order to qualify.

You must have your old passport, and it must be in good condition. The name on your passport must be your legal name; if it is not, you have to prove your name change with documentation. If you are under the age of 16, you cannot renew by mail. Also, if your passport was issued more than 15 years ago, regardless of you age, you must appear in person.

Along with your old passport, you will need to send a form called “DS-82, Application for a U.S. Passport” which can be printed online. You must renew in person if you no not meet these conditions.

Your application can easily be submitted at any United States passport agency. If you are in another country when your passport expires, you can simply visit your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Passport agencies can be found in: Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Honolulu, and Washington D.C. Additionally, there are numerous passport application acceptance centers throughout the country.

You will have to show proof of citizenship and photo I.D. when applying for your renewal in person. Also, remember to get 2 passport photos taken in advance and bring them with you. These are inexpensive, and there are many places to get them.

If you are cringing at the thought of the cost of passport renewal, you will be glad to know that the new passport card is only $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 16. The traditional book-style passport costs $75.00 for adults and $60.00 for children.

There is an additional “execution fee” of $25.00 if you apply in person, and you will have to pay a $60.00 “expedite fee” for express processing of your new passport if you need it in under 2 weeks.

Whether you choose the new card or the traditional passport, your renewal process should be simple as long as you plan in advance and follow these simple steps.

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