How to Renew Your Passport

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Are you eligible to renew your passport? Find out if you qualify for a passport renewal or if you need to apply for a new passport.

Passport Renewal Eligibility

In order to renew your passport, you will need to have your adult passport in hand, undamaged, and less than 5 years expired. An adult passport is issued when you are 16 or older and is valid for 10 years. If you meet all of the following requirements, you can renew your passport:

  • Your current passport was issued when you were 16 or older and has a 10 year validity
  • 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 (less than 5 years expired).
  • Your current passport was issued in your current legal name, or you have legal proof of your name change.

If you do not meet all of the requirements to renew your passport, you will need to follow the New Passport process.

Passport Renewal for Minors

Minor applicants do not qualify for a passport renewal. A minor applicant is anyone 15 years old or younger. The minor applicant must appear in person at a post office or passport office with the parents or guardians. It is considered a new passport each time for minor applicants until they are 16 or older when they can then apply for a new adult passport.

Learn more about the Child Passport process.

How to Renew Your Passport Quickly

Routine processing times for a passport renewal is now up to eight weeks if you apply at the post office. If you need your passport sooner, you will need to expedite your passport renewal.

Options to expedite your passport renewal:

  • 24 hrs – 2 weeks processing options: Use a private passport expediting company like Express Passport for fat, safe, and secure personalized service. Express Passport will eliminate help you through every step to make sure your passport is renewed on time.
  • 2-3 weeks processing time: Pay an additional $60 expedite fee when you submit your application through the post office. 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.
  • 6 Business Days: Make an appointment at the nearest passport agency if you’re leaving in the next 14 days (or 4 weeks if you need a visa).

Express Passport makes getting your passport renewal easy, fast and convenient. Call us to renew your passport in the time you need it!