My passport is going to expire next month. What are the steps to renew my passport?
Submit a U.S. Passport Application by Mail (from within the United States):Read and understand Steps 1 - 6 before leaving this page.Fill Out Form DS-82: Application For A U.S. Passport by MailSubmit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or cardSubmit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changedPay the Applicable FeeProvide One Passport PhotoMail application1. Fill Out Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by MailPrint Form DS-82 and complete by hand, orUse our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-82.2. Submit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or cardWhen submitting a U.S. passport book and/or card with the DS-82, please verify that the document was issued at age 16 or older and issued within the past 15 years. Your old passport book and/or card will be returned to you by mail and may come in a separate mailing from your new passport.3. Submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changedIf the name you are currently using differs from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order showing the change of name. Generally the documents will be returned to you, and if so they will arrive by mail. 4. Pay the Applicable FeePlease see Passport Fees for a listing of current passport fees. The $25 Execution Fee is not required with the Form DS-82.Enclose the fee in the form of a personal check or money order. Make checks payable to "U.S. Department of State." The full name and date of birth of the applicant must be typed or printed on the front of the check.Do not send Cash. We are not responsible for cash sent through the mail. Expedite Service: For an additional fee, you may request expedited service. Please include this fee in your payment. Expedited service is only available in the United States. It is recommended that you use overnight delivery when submitting the application. Please include the appropriate overnight delivery fees with your payment. Passports cannot be mailed overnight to Canada.Please note - You will not be asked to provide credit card information on this site. The Department of State does not currently have the option to pay online for passport services, although this service may be offered in the future.5. Provide One Passport PhotoTo avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the requirements and is properly submitted with your application.When attaching your passport photo to Form DS-82, be sure you:Staple the photo to the application. Use 4 staples vertically in the corners as close to the outer edges as possible.Do not bend the photo.6. Mail applicationTHIS APPLIES ONLY TO APPLICANTS RESIDING IN THE U.S. For Instructions on Applying for a U.S. passport from outside the United States, please click here. The mailing address is different for Expedite Service Requests and Routine Service Requests. Expedite Service: Write "EXPEDITE" clearly on the outside of the mailing envelope and mail the completed application to: National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90955 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955 Routine Service: Mail the completed application to: National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90155 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155 When mailing your passport application:It is strongly recommended that you mail your passport application and personal documents in an envelope large enough to fit the application without folding. Please do not use a standard letter-size #10 (4 1/8" x 9 1/2") envelope. This will help to protect the contents of your mailing from the elements throughout the delivery process.We strongly encourage you to mail your passport application and any personal documents using a trackable delivery method.