Renew my Passport

Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19

*Updated March 27, 2020*

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. You can find additional guidance about the Department's recommendations in response to COVID-19 here.

Change in Passport Services Operations                              

Due to public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, we are only able to offer service for customers with a qualified life-or-death emergency and who need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (e.g. parent, child, spouse, sibling, aunt, uncle, etc) that require you to travel outside the United States within 72 hours (3 days). You must provide:

  • passport application with supporting documents
  • Proof of the life-or-death emergency such as a death certificate, a statement from a mortuary, or a signed letter from a hospital or medical professional. Documents must be translated or in English.
  • Proof of international travel (e.g. reservation, ticket, itinerary)

To make an appointment at a passport agency or center for a life-or-death emergency, you must call our National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 (1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY) on Monday- Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Eastern Time, except federal holidays or on Saturdays, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time. Call 202-647-4000 outside of these hours to make an appointment. 

If you applied and requested expedited service on or before March 19, 2020, we will honor our commitment of 2-3 weeks door-to-door for expedited service. If you applied in-person at a passport agency or center on or before March 19, 2020, the passport agency or center will contact you and ask if you want to pick-up your passport in person or have it mailed to you.

Customers in Puerto Rico should be aware that our San Juan Passport Agency is closed to the public until at least April 12, 2020. 

Due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many passport application acceptance facilities, which include libraries, clerks of court, and post offices are not accepting U.S. passport applications at this time. As of March 25, 2020, post offices which are still accepting applications are requiring customers to make an online appointment to apply in person for a U.S. passport. If you need to apply in person for your U.S. passport, please contact the facility directly to confirm the status of its operations.

If you are applying for or renewing a U.S. passport on or after March 20, 2020, we will not offer expedited service and routine service may be delayed. 

The status of our operations may change quickly. We will update this notice as the status changes. 

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.
  • 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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Can I renew my passport if it's expired?

Yes, but the passport must have been issued within the last 15 years. In addition, you must also have the passport in your possession, the passport cannot be damaged, you must have been age 16 or older when the passport was issued, and it must have been issued in your current name or you must show legal proof of your name change.

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Once I renew my passport, can I use a valid visa with my old passport?

Yes. Once you receive your new passport, your old passport is not valid for international travel. However, if your old passport is linked to a valid visa, you can still use the valid visa. You must travel with both your new and old passport in this case.

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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 completed passport book and/or passport card be sent to me?

Passport Book Only: You may receive your newly-issued passport and your citizenship documents in two separate mailings. Please contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) if you do not receive a second mailing within 10 business days of receiving the first. We can send your passport book via a 1-2 day delivery service.

Passport Card Only: You may receive your newly-issued passport card and your citizenship documents in two separate mailings. Please contact NPIC if you do not receive a second mailing within 10 business days of receiving the first. We only send the passport card via First Class Mail. We do not send cards via 1-2 day delivery services.

Passport Book and Card: You may receive three separate mailings; one with your citizenship documents, one with your newly-issued passport book, and one with your newly-issued passport card. Please contact NPIC if you do not receive the second or third mailing within 10 business days of the previous mailing.

U.S. Residents in Canada: 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.

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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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