Form DS-82 renews a U.S. passport by mail, according to the official website for the U.S. Department of State. Travelers can only use Form DS-82 if the applicant's current passport is undamaged, is less than 15 years old and was issued when the applicant was over the age of 16.
If the applicant does not meet the criteria for using Form DS-82, he must submit Form DS-11 in person to an agent authorized to accept passport applications, explains the U.S. Department of State. Most U.S. post offices can accept passport applications and often have passport photo facilities as well. If a citizen applies for a new passport because of a legal name change as a result of marriage, the individual must present the marriage certificate.
Form DS-82 can be filled out online, printed, and then mailed for processing or delivered in person at a passport office or authorized agency. Applicants should have the passport, emergency contact information and a printer when filling the application out online.
Forms also can be obtained in person at a passport office or agency. U.S. citizens living abroad are not eligible to mail in passport renewal applications and must apply in person at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy. Passports submitted for expedited renewal are subject to additional processing fees. As of September 2015, processing times are four-to-six weeks for standard renewals, three weeks for expedited service, and eight business days for expedited agency-processed renewal applications. Agency-processed renewal applications are granted based on need.