Renewing your U.S. Passport
Everyone regardless of age must have their own passport to travel Internationally by air.
In order to acquire a US Passport, you must be a citizen by birth or naturalization.
You can renew your current or expired passport unless any of the following has occurred.
- Issued prior to your 16th birthday
- Issued longer than 15 years ago
- Damaged, lost or stolen
- Issued under a different name and you don’t have proof such as a marriage license, divorce decree stating proof of your legal change
If any of these are true you need to apply for a new passport.
What is required to renew a passport
- Application form – can be found here: Form DS-82
- Legal passport photo
- Current passport
- If your name has changed you will need a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order of your name change.
- Renew by Mail – Full process here: Passport Renewal
All supporting documents will be returned to you upon completion of the renewal
When do you need to Renew your passport?
- Renew approximately 9 months prior to expiration date.
- Periodically review your passport expiration date. Some countries require that your passport remain valid for 6 months after travel.
- Certain airlines will not let you travel unless you meet these requirements.
If you have any questions regarding international travel you can find answers on the USA.gov travel and immigration website.
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