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