Passport by Mail DS-82

When you renew your passport by mail, you are required to use form DS-82. If you have a U.S. passport that is expired or will expire before your next trip abroad, you must renew it before you travel. You can always renew your passport in person at an acceptance facility or passport agency, and in many cases you can also renew it by mail. Renewing your passport by mail is the more convenient option. But not everyone who has previously been issued a passport is eligible to renew it by mail. Below you will find information about U.S. passport applications that may be submitted by mail.

Who is Eligible to Use Form DS-82?

Any U.S. citizen who meets all of the requirements listed below may renew their passport by mail using form DS-82.

  • Your current passport has not been damaged, lost or stolen
  • You can submit your passport with your application
  • You got your most recent passport after you turned 16
  • Your most recent passport is less than 15 years old
  • Your current name is the same as the name on your passport, or you can document your name change.
  • What Information Must be Included with Form DS-82

    When renewing your passport using form DS-82, you must submit your most recent passport, a passport photo and the applicable passport fees with your application. If your name has changed since your last passport was issued, you must also include legal documentation of your name change.

    Completing Form DS-82

    When you apply for your passport by mail, you must provide the following information about yourself when completing your application:

  • Biographical information
  • Information about your current passport
  • Information about your appearance
  • Your travel plans
  • An emergency contact
  • A passport photo
  • It is important that you fill out all of the fields properly or you might experience a delay that will force you to change your travel plans. Be sure to sign and date your application form.

    How Quickly Will My Application Be Processed?

    When you submit your passport application by mail, you must choose to have it processed using either routine or expedited service through the U.S. government. Routine processing takes about four to six weeks and expedited processing takes two to three weeks. These processing times are estimates only. It can take longer for you to receive your passport by mail during peak application times throughout the year. According to the U.S. government, application volume is highest from January-July.

    Need it Faster?

    If you need your passport faster, you have two options—go to a passport agency or authorize a professional expediter to apply on your behalf. You can apply for your passport at a passport agency using form DS-82. You will still be required to submit your current passport, a passport photo, the applicable fees and evidence of a name change (if applicable). But instead of waiting the two to six weeks it would take to receive your passport by mail, you can usually get your passport the same day. However, there are only 24/25 passport agencies across the country, so applying at one is not practical for many Americans.

    If you do not live near a passport agency or you don’t want to spend the day standing in line, you can authorize a professional passport expediting service like “easy service” to apply for you. Most expediters offer different service levels based on how quickly you need your passport. Simply choose the one that’s right for you, mail them your application materials, and they will take your application to the passport agency on your behalf. When your passport has been issued they will pick it up from the agency and mail it to you. If you have urgent travel plans, you may be able to get your passport in as little as 24 hours.


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