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Passport Renewal Guide and Overview

Why renew your United States Passport?
It is recommended to renew your passport several weeks in advance of your upcoming trip. The application process is comprised of several steps, and a small application mistake may delay the issuance of your new passport. The "United States Passport Application and Renewal Guide" describes in details the application, replacement and renewal process. If your passport is expired or about to expire, it is highly recommended to renew it as soon as possible for several reasons:

  • Most countries require a passport to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in the country
  • A passport expiring during a trip abroad is a serious problem because you will not be able to enter any other countries
  • An expired passport might not be accepted as proof of citizenship or legal status in some countries
  • You could have problems returning to the United States with an expired passport

United States Passport Renewal and Replacement Process:
  • Step 1 - Download the “United States Passport Application and Renewal Guide” (order information below)
  • Step 2 - Read carefully the instructions provided in the application guide
  • Step 3 - Fill out the application forms included
  • Step 4 - If there is a name change, include a certified copy of a legal document
  • Step 5 - Take apassport picture according to the instructions provided
  • Step 6 - Mail or deliver the application forms, proof of identity and passport picture to an official recognized passport facility. Addresses and contact information is included. Some circumstances require an individual to apply in person.
  • Step 7 - Receive your passport in 4-6 weeks or pay an expedited fee and receive your passport within 2-3 weeks. More information about the expedited processing can be found in the "United States Passport Application and Renewal Guide".
The process of applying for a United States passport can be a frustrating experience. It is recommended that all applicants follow the instructions included the "U.S. Passport Application and Renewal Guide" before submitting any applications. The Guide also includes information about how to apply for the new U.S. Passport Card.

The United States Passport Renewal and Replacement Guide Includes:
  • United States passport overview
  • Who can apply for a United States passport
  • Application requirements
  • Application procedures for your first United States passport
  • Application procedures for how to apply for the new Passport Card
  • US passport filing fees
  • How to renew a U.S. passport in person or by mail
  • How to request a replacement of a lost or stolen passport
  • How to add blank pages to a valid passport
  • How to fill out the application forms
  • Where to apply for an American passport
  • Special requirements for individuals under 18 years of age
  • How to update your U.S. passport after a name change
  • Information on urgent passport applications and renewals
  • Locate the 7000 designated passport application facilities nationwide
  • U.S. Passport Application Forms

Extensive step- by-step instructions, information and application forms online for all your US Passport and travel visa needs.

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