Officially named Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, Form I-90 replaces a green card, according to Nolo. Individuals use the form for lost, stolen or destroyed cards, and when issued cards are set to expire. The original green cards are typically valid for 10 years.
The law requires citizens to carry their cards on them at all times to prove eligibility to work in the United States and to return to the country after foreign travel, advises Nolo. To allow time for processing, residents should apply for renewal six months prior to the expiration date listed on the card.
The form is available for downloading online at no charge, from Uscis.gov. Applicants can submit the form electronically or through the mail, states U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.