By: Mary Jones
Check that you match the following requirements for online passport renewal: You must have your prior passport with you, it must be in good condition.
Obtain your current, undamaged US passport, a digital passport photo that fulfils the State Department's criteria, and any legal papers required for name changes, if necessary.
Go to the official U.S. Department of State's passport services website: travel.state.gov
Find the passport renewal application form on the website.
Fill out the passport renewal form with accurate information. Review all details carefully before submitting.
Submit your digital passport photo as per the guidelines provided on the website.
Pay the passport renewal fee using a credit/debit card. The fee will depend on the type of passport service and delivery option you choose.
Print a copy of the completed application form. Sign the form with a black ink pen. Make sure to follow the instructions on the website for the signature.
Prepare an envelope with your signed application form, current passport, and any supplementary papers (if applicable). Send it to the address shown on the online application form.
After submission, you can track the status of your application online. You will receive updates on your application's progress via email.
Please keep in mind that passport renewal processing periods might vary, so apply well in advance of any prospective travel plans. If you need a passport quickly, you might look at expedited passport renewal options, which may include additional expenses.