Forget The Frustration – Get A Passport Renewal Now

by erin on June 17, 2010

If it is time for your American passport renewal, you have some different options available to you, depending on your situation. In some cases, you can renew by mail. In others, you will need to apply in person.

First of all, get your current passport out of storage. It must be sent along with your application for renewal by mail. Therefore, if your passport not available, you must make your application for a new one in person.

If your current passport is available as well as undamaged, you still my not be able to renew by mail. It must have been issued when you were 16 years old or more, and within the last 15 years. It also must have been issued in your current name or you must be able to send documentation with the application showing your legal name change.

In addition to the application and your current passport, you will need to send the fee, 2 passport photos and documentation of your name change, if any, such as a certificate of marriage or a court order. Everything should be packaged securely to avoid damages. The package should also be sent in such a way that it is able to be traced.

Your renewed passport can only be sent to addresses within the United States or Canada. If you are currently living outside of the United States, anywhere other than Canada, you will need to go to the closest American Consulate or Embassy. Note that, if you are behind in any child support payments, you may not be able to get a passport.

The time to process your mailed application can vary. It is usually around four to six weeks. If you have an urgent need for a passport, you may need to visit a local passport agency. This is recommended if you are traveling internationally within two weeks or if you need the passport within four weeks for a foreign visa. People are seen at these agencies only by appointment.

If you have already applied for your passport, you can check to see the status online. It can take up to a week from the time of your application for this service to be available. If you have not received your passport within a week of your date of travel, contact the National Passport Information Center.

There are occasions when there is an emergency requiring international travel in as little as one or two days. If you find yourself in this situation, you can get an appointment at a passport agency for immediate service. You may be asked for proof of the emergency.

People often wait until they make their international travel plans before ensuring that their passports are still good. It is smarter to keep track of the expiration date of your U.S. passport. Then, when it is approaching, be sure to get the U S passport renewal taken care of promptly. This will help you to avoid problems with any last minute travel plans.

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