Passport Renewal 101: How to Renew a Passport

Unsure how to renew a passport? Follow our guide for U.S. passport renewal before traveling to your destination wedding or honeymoon.
by Jamie Miles
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When it comes to planning your wedding, we know you have other things on your mind besides renewing your passport. Let's be real—trying on wedding dresses is much more fun. But if you're having a destination wedding out of the country or heading to France for your honeymoon, then it's important to factor in a passport renewal if you're due. The good news is it may sound like a hassle, but get it done and you'll feel so good about crossing the task off your wedding checklist. Plus, passport renewals are much easier than getting a new passport. Read on for tips on US passport renewal.

How to Renew a Passport

If you're in need of a passport renewal, there are a few options. You can apply for renewal by mail, online or in person if you have less than two weeks before your wedding or trip.

According to Travel.State.gov, you can renew your passport by mail if:

1. Your passport is undamaged and can be submitted with your application.

2. Your passport was issued when you were 16 years or older.

3. Your passport was issued within the last 15 years.

5. Your passport was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change with original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or government-issued document with evidence of name change.

How to Renew a Passport by Mail or Online

If you choose to complete the renewal form online, note that you still need to mail the form in to the processing center.

1. Fill out the DS-82 passport renewal form. Print it here and fill it out by hand or complete it online and print the final form to mail in.

2. Submit your most recent US passport book or card with the DS-82 form. Your old passport book will be returned to you by mail and may be returned separately from your new passport.

3. Submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changed.

4. Pay the passport renewal fee. Fees differ depending on the age of the applicant (minors are charged less than adults), and if you've requested expedited service, additional pages added to your passport or a file search (required if you're unable to present evidence of citizenship). Use Travel.State.gov to estimate the cost of fees for your renewal. You can pay by money order payable to "Department of State" or checks (personal, certified, cashier's or traveler's). Do not send cash!

5. Provide one passport photo. Photo should be stapled to the application. Travel.State.gov recommends using four staples in the corners to get as close to the outer edges as possible. Be careful not to bend the photo.

6. Last step—send it off! Use an envelope large enough to fit your application without having to fold it. Travel.State.gov recommends you track your shipment so personal documents do not get lost. Note: The mailing address is different for expedited service (which usually takes around three weeks) versus routine service (which can take four to six weeks).

For Expedited Service:
Be sure to write "EXPEDITE" clearly on the outside of the mailing envelope. Mail completed application to:
National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90955
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

For Routine Service:
National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90155
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

Note: If you're applying for a US passport renewal from outside the US, it's a different process. See here.


How to Renew a Passport in Person
Passports can only be renewed in person if you're traveling within 14 days.

1. Find a passport agency in your city.

Passport Renewal in Chicago:
Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn St., 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604-1564
Appointments available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday

Passport Renewal in Houston:
George Thomas "Mickey" Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith St., 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
(Use the entrance located on 1919 Louisiana St)
Appointments available from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding federal holidays

Passport Renewal in New York:
Greater New York Federal Building
376 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014-3621
Appointments available from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding federal holidays

Passport Renewal in San Francisco:
95 Hawthorne St., 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-3901
Appointments available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding federal holidays

2. Call the National Passport Information Center to make an appointment ( 1-877-487-2778). There's no charge to make an appointment but it is required.

3. Proof of travel is required at most passport agencies. Bring your flight or hotel confirmation to prove you're traveling within 14 days.

Note: Proof of travel is not required at the Arkansas Passport Agency, Buffalo Passport Agency, Colorado Passport Agency, Detroit Passport Agency, El Paso Passport Agency, Minneapolis Passport Agency, San Diego Passport Agency, Seattle Passport Agency or Vermont Passport Agency.

4. Fill out the DS-82 passport renewal form. Print it here and fill it out by hand or complete it online and bring the final form to agency. DO NOT mail in the DS-62 form prior to your appointment.

5 . Bring your most recent US passport book or card and one passport photo.

6. Bring a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changed.

7. Pay the passport renewal fee ($110 for adult passports) and expedited fee ($60). Renewal fees differ depending on age of applicant (minors are charged less than adults) and if you've requested additional services. Use Travel.State.gov to estimate the cost of fees for your renewal. You can pay by money order payable to "Department of State" or checks (personal, certified, cashier's or traveler's).


How Long Does It Take to Renew a Passport?
If you're renewing your passport using the routine mailing service, it takes approximately four to six weeks. If you're renewing using the expedited mailing service, it takes approximately three weeks. In-person passport renewal requests are processed immediately.

For more information on US passport renewals, go to Travel.State.gov.

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