Passport Renewal vs. New Passport

Is it time for your passport renewal? If your passport is getting ready to expire, you will need to renew it before your next trip abroad. If you’ve never renewed your passport before, you may be wondering how the process compares to getting a new passport. That depends on several factors, including the state of your current passport, how old you were when you got your most recent passport and how long ago your most recent passport was issued.

The main difference between renewing a passport and applying for one for the first time is that many U.S. passport renewals can be processed by mail, whereas someone who is applying for a new passport always has to apply in person. In addition, the supporting documentation that is required for a passport being renewed is different than the documentation that is required for a new passport.

Renewing a Passport

To renew your passport by mail, follow the steps listed below.

(1.)Complete form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail. Don’t forget to sign and date it.

(2.)Gather all of the documentation you must submit with your application, including your current passport, a new passport photo and the applicable fees. NOTE: If your current name is different than the name on your existing passport, you will also be required to provide legal documentation of your name change.

(3.)Mail your application materials to the address listed on form DS-82.

You cannot get your passport renewed by mail if your current passport was lost, stolen or damaged, you were younger than 16 when you got your last passport, or your current passport is more than 15 years old. You must renew your passport in person if any of these apply to you. You will also be required to apply in person if the name on your passport is different than your current name and you can’t legally document your name change. If you are required to renew your passport in person, you should follow the process of applying for a passport for the first time.

Applying for a New Passport

If you are not eligible to get your passport renewal by mail or you are applying for a new passport, you must do so in person at a passport acceptance facility or passport agency. To apply in person, follow the steps listed below.

(1.)Complete Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport, but do not sign it.

(2.)Gather the documents you will be required to submit with your application, including evidence of U.S. citizenship, a current, valid form of identification, a photocopy of your identification documents, the applicable fees and a passport photo.

(3.)Submit your application materials at a passport acceptance facility or passport agency.

Regardless of whether you are applying for a passport renewal by mail or in person or applying for a passport for the first time, a passport expediting service like “easy service” can help you get your passport quickly. When you apply for your passport without using a professional expediter, it usually takes two to six weeks to receive your passport, but it can take longer when application volume is high. However, when you work with a passport expediting service to get your passport for you, you can have it in as little as 24 hours if you have urgent travel plans.

Passport expediters have years of experience securing passports for U.S. citizens, and they will use that experience to help you get your passport renewal or new passport when you need it. When you work with a passport expediting service, you don’t have to lose sleep wondering if you will get your passport in time to travel.

Passport expediting services are registered with the U.S. Department of State to hand deliver passport applications to the U.S. Passport Agency. Simply send the expediter your application and supporting documentation, and they will work with the passport agency to secure your passport quickly. Remember, if you are applying for your first passport or you are not eligible to get your passport renewal by mail, you must appear before a passport acceptance agent to sign form DS-11 before you can send your application to the expediting service. Make sure you factor this into your timeline when you begin the application process.


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