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With a US passport, US citizens are allowed to travel internationally. Note that only US citizens can apply for a US passport. US passport can be used as proof for one’s US citizenship. Apart from this, a US passport is needed to enter the US after traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
If you have a US passport that is going to expire, then you should renew it. You have the option of renewing your passport either through mail or in person, and it is based on certain conditions. You can renew your US passport if it is not damaged and can be submitted along with your application and it should have been issued when you were 16 years or older. Remember to note that it should have been issued within the last 15 years and issued in your current name (or) if you are able to document your name change legally. If you do not fit into the conditions mentioned above, the only option to file for a renewal is to apply in person. In addition, if you are a previous passport holder and are eligible to file Form DS-82, you can renew your passport through mail, even if it is your first passport card.
Passport Renewal Process by mail:
The process of renewing your passport varies depending on where you currently reside. If you are currently in the US, you have to file Form DS-82, Application for a US Passport by mail to renew it through mail. You will get detailed filing instructions along with Form DS-82. There are quite a few points to remember before you file for a US passport renewal. You cannot use the mailing option if your passport is mutilated or damaged. In this case, the only option is to file in person.
If you are mailing your application along with any supporting documents, you have to give importance to the delivery method. It is to ensure the application and the supporting documents are not damaged during the process. To be on the safer side, it is better to put your application and supporting documents in an envelope that is big such that the application fits in without folding it. It is better not to use the standard letter-size envelope. Note that when done through the mailing option, the application can be mailed only to US and Canadian addresses.
If you are behind in child support payments, you will not qualify for a US passport. Individuals who wish to get their passport renewed from can file at the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate (except those living in Canada). US citizens who are currently residing in Canada and who want to get their passport renewed can file Form DS-82, Application for US Passport by Mail to the address indicated on the application.
If there is a need to get a US passport quickly, you are required to schedule an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency. But this is possible only in certain circumstances. It is possible only if want the passport to travel abroad in less than 2 weeks OR you want the passport within 4 weeks to get a foreign visa. Should you need to fix an appointment, you can contact the National Passport Information Center to schedule an appointment or locate a Passport Agency.
August 3, 2011 § 2 Comments
You may apply for a renewal of your US passport by mail if you already have a U.S. passport that is not damaged and if you received it within the past 15 years. In addition to this, you should have been at least 16 years of age when it was issued and should still have the same name as on the passport or you can legally document your name change.
However, there are some exceptions for apply by mail ;
- US citizens residing abroad (except those living in Canada) should renew their passports at the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate
- US citizens residing in Canada may mail DS-82 renewal applications to the address indicated on the form. However, the payment has to be in US currency.
- If your passport has been mutilated, altered, or damaged, you cannot apply by mail. You are required to apply in person.
It is important to note that if you are behind in child support payments, you may not be able to get a passport
If you qualify to renew by mail,you have to
- complete form DS-82, Application for Passport by Mail form. You have to sign and date the application.
You have attach to the application:
- your most recent passport
- two identical passport sized photographs
- the fee payable to the US Department of State
- expedited service fee (If Applicable).
If your name has changed after your passport was issued, you must also include a certified copy of the legal document specifying your name change (such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption decree, or a court order). No photocopies are accepted. If your name has been changed by other means, you must apply in person.
Your previous passport will be returned to you with your new passport. If you mutilate or alter your US passport, you may invalidate it and risk possible persecution under the law. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip and/or have two to four blank visa/stamp pages. Some airlines will not allow you to board if these requirements are not met.