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DS-82 – Application for Passport Renewal

Is it time to renew your passport? People generally don’t think about their passports until it’s time to travel overseas or to another country. Keep your passport up to date and you’ll never have to worry about rushing and renewing your passport. Passports are generally valid for 10 years. However, if you were issued a passport when you were 15 years of age or younger, your passport needs to be renewed every five years.

Time Required to Renewing Your Passport

In many cases, you can mail in your passport renewal, although this may take some time to process. Routine renewal takes four to six weeks. Expedited renewal takes three weeks. Expedited at an agency takes eight business days and time is based on need. If you need faster service, you may use the expedite option which allows you to get your passport in less than two weeks, in many cases. Sometimes, the expedite service can get you same day approval. That’s good to know if you have an unexpected business trip to another country or if you have a sudden chance at a dream vacation and need to get your passport fast.

Criteria for Renewing by Mail or Online

Here are some options to determine if you can renew your passport by mail:

  • If you’ve owned a US passport book in the past and it was issued within the last 15 years
  • Your last passport was issued when you were 16 years old or older
  • Your passport is undamaged
  • Your name is the same or you have proof of your name change (original or certified government-issued document or marriage certificate)

Then you can use DS-82 Form and mail in your renewal. Alternatively, you can also renew online. If any of these criteria are not met, you will have to apply in person. You can apply in person at a Passport Acceptance Facility.

Passport Book or Passport Card?

Depending on what travel you are doing, you may be able to save a bit of money and not get a passport book, but instead get a passport card. Passport cards are easier to carry and work at land border crossings and sea ports of entry from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. The passport card will not work for international air travel, even to these countries. Like the US passport book, these cards stay valid for 10 years.

If you are traveling by air or to other countries other than those listed above, you will need to have a passport book.