The process of renewing your passport varies depending on your age. Read the information below to determine how to proceed with your passport renewal:
How to Renew an Adult Passport
Most of the time, adults can renew their passports by mail, even if it’s already expired. You’re eligible to renew by mail using Form DS-82 as long as all of the following conditions apply:
- Your current passport has not been lost, stolen or damaged.
- Your current passport was issued after your 16th birthday.
- Your current passport was issued no more than 15 years ago.
- Your current passport was issued in your current legal name, or you have legal proof of your name change.
If that sounds like you, see How to Apply for a Passport Renewal for details on required documents, fees and processing times.
If you aren’t eligible to renew by mail, see How to Apply for a New Passport.
Passport Renewal for Children Under Age 16
Children under the age of 16 have an extra step to go through to renew their passports. They must appear in person at a post office or passport office, preferably with both parents. If only one parent is available, he or she must bring a notarized parental consent form signed by the other parent. In addition to the child’s proof of citizenship, parents must bring proof of their own identity and proof of their relationship to the child.
After you appear in person, the application can be sent directly to the Department of State or to an expediting company for faster processing.
For more details on required documents, fees and processing times, see How to Get a Child Passport
Passport Renewal for Teenagers Aged 16-17
Like younger kids, teenagers aged 16 and 17 must appear in person at a post office or passport office with a parent present to apply for passport renewal. If the teenager doesn’t have state-issued ID yet, the parents’ ID can be used instead. Written parental consent may be required at the passport office if it isn’t implied on the application.
How to Renew Your Passport Quickly
Standard processing time for a passport renewal is six weeks from the day you apply, though it can vary depending on how busy the passport office is. However, if you need to get it more quickly there are a few ways to do so:
- Pay an additional $60 expedite fee when you submit your application. The State Department also recommends that you pay for overnight shipping both to and from the passport agency. This will cut the processing time down to about 3 weeks.
- Make an appointment at the nearest passport agency if you’re leaving in 14 days (or 4 weeks if you need a visa).
- Use a private passport expediting company like RushMyPassport for faster, more personalized service and no need to make an appointment or wait in line.
For more information about the pros and cons of these options, see How to Order a Passport at the Last Minute
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