Renew my Passport by Mail

Apply early during Passport Month

If you're not eligible to renew your passport, please go to our Apply in Person page to learn the steps for how to apply. 

If you live in Canada, you may be eligible to renew your passport by mail and avoid a trip to a U.S. embassy or consulate. If you live in any other country, you must renew your passport at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Please see Applying for a U.S. Passport from Outside the United States.

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How to Renew

1. Fill Out Form DS-82

DS-82: U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals

Fill Out Form DS-82 OnlineForm DS-82 PDF

Please note:

  • The Form Filler will select the correct form for you based on the information you input. It may generate a different form from what you expect.
  • 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 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.”
    • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
  • You may request a larger passport book with 52 pages at no additional cost by checking the '52 page' box at the top of the DS-82.
  • The Form Filler option will select the correct form for you based on the information you input. It may generate a different form from what you expect.
  • You must complete all pages of the form before submitting.

Tips for renewing from Canada:

  • Do not include your Canadian Social Insurance Number on the form in place of your U.S. Social Security number. 
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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 and/or card must meet all of the requirements listed at the top of this page.  
  • Your old passport book and/or card will be returned to you, but generally it will come in a separate mailing from your new passport.
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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.

Tips for renewing from Canada:

  • If your Canadian divorce decree does not specify a spouse is returning to their maiden name, you must provide proof of your birth or maiden name (such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate).
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4. Provide a Photo

Attach one photograph to the application. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the photo requirements.

Please note:

  • Staple the photo to the application. Please use 4 staples vertically in the corners as close to the outer edges as possible.
  • Do not bend the photo.
  • You cannot wear eyeglasses in your passport photo (unless you have a signed note from your doctor that you can include with your application). 
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5. Calculate Fees

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

Product Form Application Fee
Passport Book DS-82 $110
Passport Card  DS-82 $30
Passport Book & Card DS-82 $140
  • The application fees listed above are for routine service. Need your passport faster? You can pay to rush it.
  • 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.
  • Renewing from Canada? Personal checks or money orders must draw on U.S. financial institutions based in the United States and be payable in U.S. dollars. Acceptable U.S. checks and money orders must have a 9-digit routing number. Please do not include 1-2 day or express delivery fees with your payment. These services are not available to U.S. residents in Canada.

For information on forms of payment and a full list of fees for routine and rush service, please see Passport Fees.

*How to fill out your check 

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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. Please see Processing Times for information on how long it will take to get your passport. 

If you live in the United States, you must use the United States Postal Service (USPS) to mail your renewal application and supporting documents. If you live in Canada, you should use Canada Post. Please do not use other delivery services such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL. Only USPS or Canada Post can deliver to the PO Box addresses listed on Form DS-82. If you use UPS, FedEx, DHL, or another company to send your application, the application will be returned to you.

Routine Service (If you live in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, or Texas):

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

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

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

Expedited Service (Additional fee applies. For any state or Canada):
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
  • Mailing by the United States Postal Service (USPS)
  • trackable delivery method. The method used must be able to deliver to a P.O. Box address.

When sending your passport application from Canada, please use Canada Post. We will return the completed passport and supporting documents to you via USPS First Class Mail. One-to-two day or express delivery is not available if you live in Canada.

You may be eligible to renew in person at a passport agency or center if you need a passport quickly. Please see Get a Passport in a Hurry for more information. 

Outside the United States (any country besides Canada):

Please contact your U.S. Embassy and Consulate for how to submit your documents, since processes vary.

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7. Track your Application Status

You can track your application status online or by calling us. You can begin tracking your application 7-10 business days after you mailed in your Form DS-82 and supporting documents. 

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FAQs

Can I renew at an acceptance facility?

No. If you are renewing your passport with Form DS-82, acceptance facilities will not take your application. Acceptance facilities should never charge you a $35 fee for renewing your passport. These locations should only charge you a $35 fee if you are applying using Form DS-11.

You must mail in your renewal application (Form DS-82) yourself. Mailing your Form DS-82 can be confusing since some post offices are also passport acceptance facilities. However, postal employees should not review your Form DS-82 renewal application and supporting documents before you mail it. We recommend you ask USPS to send your Form DS-82 and supporting documents using a trackable delivery method. Do not use UPS, FedEx, or DHL since the address you need to send your Form DS-82 and supporting documents to is a Post Office (PO) Box. 

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Can I renew at a passport agency or center instead of mailing in my renewal application?

Yes, but you can only renew in person at a passport agency or center if you have urgent international travel within 14 days. You also must make an appointment, bring proof of international travel, and pay an additional $60 expedite fee.

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If I already have a passport book, can I use the DS-82 to get a passport card?

Yes. If you have a passport book and you are eligible to use Form DS-82, you may apply for a passport card as a renewal by mail even if it is your first passport card. Learn more about the U.S. passport card.

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Can I renew my passport if it's still valid?

Yes. Your passport does not have to be expired for you to renew it. If you want to renew both a valid passport book and passport card, you must submit both documents. For example, if you can submit a passport book, but you lost your passport card, you cannot renew the passport card. If you want to renew either a valid book or a card, you must submit the specific document you want to renew. 

We recommend renewing your passport well ahead of any planned international travel, even if it still has a few months validity left on it. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Learn more about your destination's entry requirements.

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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 passport. For more information, please see Child Support Payments and Getting a U.S. Passport.

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How will my passport book and/or passport card 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. If you live in Canada, send the renewal application to us via Canada Post. We will return your passport and supporting documents to you via USPS First Class Mail. One-to-day and express delivery service is not available if you live in Canada.

All passport cards will be mailed using USPS First Class Mail. 

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Will I get a new passport number when I renew my passport?

When you receive your new passport, the number on the document will be different from the number on your previous passport. 

Please note:

  • Update your DHS Trusted Traveler account with your new passport information. “

 

 
 

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