Currently, it costs $82 to get additional pages added to your US passport, but you can avoid this fee with just a bit of forethought and a quick stroke of the pen. Here’s how:
Step 1: Check Your Passport’s Expiration Date
If you’re running out of pages in the back and your passport expires in the next year, go ahead and renew it. The Department of State recommends you renew 9 months in advance, anyway.
Step 2: Renew Your Passport
You can renew by mail as long as all of the following statements are true:
- Your current passport was issued when you were 16 or older, is in your possession and is undamaged.
- Your passport is 15 years old or less.
- Your current passport was issued in your current name or you have the legal documents to support a name change request.
Step 3: Request Extra Pages
On the top of the application form, select “US Passport Book” (or “Both” if you also want a wallet-sized passport card) and then select “52 Page Book (Non-Standard).” Your passport renewal will come with extra pages already included, at no extra charge to you.
The processing time to renew your passport may vary depending on the Department of State’s workload, but in general you should allow six weeks for regular service and three weeks for expedited service.
If you need your passport more quickly, you can either make an appointment at the nearest US passport agency or use a private expediting company like RushMyPassport. An expediting company savers you time and stress by expediting your passport renewal application with the Department of State, with no need for you to make an appointment at a passport agency or take time off work to travel there.
Contact us to get your passport renewal processed in as little as 24 hours, extra pages and all.