A passport renewal application can be submitted by mail or in person at an authorized passport acceptance facility. There are certain criteria that must be met to complete a renewal application by mail.
In order to renew by mail, the current passport must be undamaged and returned with the application. The current passport must also be from within the last 15 years and issued when the applicant was at least 16 years of age. Moreover, it must be in the applicant's current name. If the applicant has undergone a name change since the passport was issued, he or she has to present documentation showing the cause for the change. For instance, if the applicant's name change is the result of marriage, he or she will need to provide a copy of the marriage license.
If applicants do not meet the aforementioned criteria, they must submit the application in person at an authorized passport acceptance facility. Some facilities are located within post offices and libraries. Applicants who live abroad can renew their passports at an embassy or consulate. An applicant living in Canada can renew the passport by mail. The United States Department of State only mails passports to addresses that are located within the U.S. and Canada.