A U.S. passport can be renewed by mail using the DS-82 form, along with the current passport, check for the renewal fee and passport photo. It can also be renewed in person, using the DS-11 form, which may be required depending on the situation.
A passport can be renewed by mail using the DS-82 form as long as certain criteria are met. The passport must be undamaged, issued when the passport holder was 16 or older, issued within the past 15 years, and the name on the passport must be unchanged, or accompanied by proof of name change. Name changes can be documented by the original or certified copy of a marriage certificate or government-issued document of the legal name change.