How to Renew Your Passport

Form DS-82 also known as a Passport Renewal Application is a document prepared when a passport date is expired or near to it. It is done by email and you need approximately 30 minutes to complete an application.

You may find this passport application form at any post offices in the United States, and embassy around the world. To find it in your area you may use a database.

Before you start preparing this form, notice that there are several circumstances that may prevent you from it. For example, you can’t apply for a renewal if the last time you passed this procedure was more than 15 years ago. In this case you need to obtain a new passport.

While filling a form out it is required to provide your personal data and attach a passport photo, the date of your last passport renewal and the document of the name change if it took place. If it is urgent, you may expedite your passport renewal referring to the regional US passport agency.

Tips for a Passport Renewal Application

First of all check if you are eligible enough to file DS-82. You must meet all the following categories:

  • Your current passport is undamaged
  • You obtained it at the age of 16 or later.
  • It was issued to you in the last 15 years
  • You got it in your current name. Or attach a document of the name change.

If you find that you have all the needed rights download a file and start filling out form DS-82.

Here is a brief instruction:

  • You will find fields intended for personal data, including your name, date of birth, address, gender, telephone number etc. Fill out all the lines with true details.
  • Put the date of the previous passport renewal.
  • Attach your passport photo
  • Write in information about your appearance: height, hair color, eye color.
  • Insert your place of work, residence, and other additional info at the second page of the form.
  • Once a document is ready, review all the provided details to avoid mistakes.
  • Don’t forget to put a signature.

You may print a paper or send it to a recipient.

After the submission of the Form DS-82 wait for an answer. Usually the whole procedure takes about 6 weeks. It may last faster or longer, so if you need to speed up the process, inform the regional US passport agency.

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