Passport Renewal: Frequently Asked Questions Answered 

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This article provides answers to common questions about the process of renewing passport, which is required for updating passport information or replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport. Although the process can be confusing and time-consuming, with the right information it can be completed efficiently.

Q1# How Do I Know If I Need To Renew My Passport?

Reasons for needing to renew your passport can include:

  • Your passport is no longer valid or will soon become invalid. 
  • Your passport is missing, taken, or damaged. 
  • Your personal details, including your name or address, have been altered.

Q2# How Can I Renew My Passport? 

The process of renewing your passport differs depending on whether you can renew it by mail or not. If you qualify for mail renewal, you must fill out Form DS-82 and send it along with your current passport and the relevant fee to the US Department of State. If mail renewal is not an option for you, you will need to apply in person at a regional passport agency, US embassy, or consulate. In this case, you will have to fill out Form DS-11, present proof of identity and citizenship, and pay the necessary fee.

Q3# What Is The Time Frame For Renewing My Passport? 

Renewing by mail may take 10-12 weeks, while applying in person may result in same-day issuance, depending on the location.

Q4# How Much Does It Cost To Renew My Passport?

The fee for renewing your passport varies based on the type of passport (standard or expedited) and the method of application (by mail or in person). The standard cost for an adult passport renewal is $110 and an additional $30 fee is charged for expedited service. If applying in person, there may be additional fees for the acceptance agent service.

Q5# Can I Expedite My Passport Renewal?

You can pay extra to have your passport renewal process speeded up and receive your new passport within 2-3 weeks. Alternatively, you can make an appointment at a regional passport agency for even faster service and get your passport within 24 hours.

Q6# Can I Renew My Passport If I Am Outside The United States?

To renew your passport while you are abroad by visiting a U.S. embassy or consulate is possible, yes. 

Q7# Do I Need To Submit New Photos When I Renew My Passport?

When renewing your passport, new photos must be submitted that have been taken within the last 6 months and comply with the U.S. Department of State’s photo guidelines.


In conclusion, renewing your passport is a necessary process for those who need to update their passport information or replace a lost, stolen, or damaged passport. The process can be confusing and time-consuming, but with the right information, it can be done quickly and easily. 

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