Renewing your passport is expensive, but now that there’s a hefty new $82 fee for adding pages, it’s almost a better deal to just go ahead and apply for a US passport renewal. Plus, there are limits to how many pages you can get added to your passport before you have to get a new one.

If you’d prefer to put off the day of reckoning for as long as possible, here’s a tip courtesy of Gadling’s Grant Martin:

“One way to conserve space though is at immigration on the way back into the United States. For American citizens it’s not a requirement to have each and every inbound border crossing stamped. As a result, page-stingy travelers like myself can politely ask the homeland security officer to not leave any ink. Those few remaining spots can mean one or two last trips squeezed out before the dreaded trip back.”

Once you’ve run out of pages, though, you absolutely have to get more added or get a US passport renewal before you can travel. Some countries even require you to have more than one page available to accommodate their visas. Having not-quite-enough room in your passport can mean missing your flight while you get the situation rectified.

Whether you decide to add pages or to go all out and apply for a US passport renewal, it’s best to apply as far in advance as possible. The average processing time for either of these procedures is 6 weeks if you apply for regular processing and 3 weeks if you apply for the government’s expedited processing.

If you need your passport updated more quickly, you’ll either have to visit a US passport agency office or use a private passport expediting company like RushMyPassport.

At, whether you want to renew your passport or just want more pages added, we’ll personally deliver your paperwork to the Department of State for processing times as low as 24 hours. Even better, when you use our service there’s no need to make an appointment, travel to or wait in line at a US passport agency office.

Apply for your US passport renewal today!