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How do you renew a U.S. passport?

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To renew a U.S. passport, first determine if you qualify to renew by mail or if you have to renew in person. If you must renew in person, visit a Department of State Passport Agency or a passport acceptance facility, such as a post office or clerk of court.

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How do you renew a U.S. passport?
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If your passport is undamaged, was issued to you at age 16 or older, was issued within the last 15 years and was issued in your current name, you can renew your passport by mail. If your passport was issued in a different name, but you can prove your name change with a marriage certificate or government-issued document, you can also renew by mail.

To renew a passport by mail, you must first fill out a form DS-82, available online from the U.S. Department of State. Submit this form, your most recent passport, a passport photo and the applicable fee to: National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90155 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155. If applicable, also provide your name-change verification documents.

For expedited passport orders by mail (within three weeks), mail to: National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90955 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955. Write the word "expedite" clearly on the outside of the package. If you need your passport expedited even more quickly (seven to eight days), visit a passport agency in person.

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