How Do You Renew a Passport in Person?


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Passports may be renewed in person at a post office, library or a state, county or municipal government office listed on the U.S. Department of State's Passport Acceptance Facility Search Page. Renewal applicants must submit form DS-11, the old passport, a new passport photo and pay the appropriate fees.

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To use the facility search page, input either a ZIP code and search radius or a state and city. Those needing special access or a photo facility on site or nearby may use the filters. The search leads to a list of approved facilities, starting with the closest. Using 94579 as an example, the search pulls up post offices and city clerk offices.

The DS-11 form is available on the U.S. Passports & International Travel website. It is the same form used for initial passport applications. As of April 2015, the fees are identical to those for a mail-in renewal, except for the $25 execution fee paid by in-person applicants. Fees also vary depending on whether normal passport processing times, usually 4 to 6 weeks, work.

Citizens must meet passport photo requirements exactly. One photo is needed, no more than six months old, printed on matte or glossy paper and measuring 2 inches by 2 inches. The head must measure between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches between the top of the head and the bottom of the chin. The subject must have a neutral expression and not wear hats or other items that obstruct the face.

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