is the process of filling out the proper forms and other communications with the appropriate bureau, so that your passport can once again become legal documentation for moving about the globe as you age. Passport renewal can be processed quickly and easily. In just a couple of days, you can obtain your renewed passport and travel to the foreign country where you wish to visit.
If you have a passport that is not damaged and was secured within the past 15 years, you can have your passport renewed by mail. This is true also if you were at least 16 years old when your old passport was issued and you still have the same name that appears the passport. When renewing your passport by mail, you have to complete the Application for Passport By Mail form and then attach your recent photo, two identical passport photos, a $67 fee and, if you want expedited service, an additional expedite fee. Mail all documents in a padded envelope to the National Passport Center.
Meanwhile, if your passport was stolen, lost, or damaged, or if it has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago, you have to undertake your passport renewal
process in person. You should also apply in person if your previous passport has expired and was issued when you were below 16 years old and if your name has changed since your passport was issued. Just like in renewal by mail, you also have to submit your recent photo and two identical passport photos.
If your previous U.S. passport is less than 15 years old, and you were above 16 years of age at the time you obtained it, or your current passport is not damaged and you still bear the same name, you are eligible to apply for it by mail. However, if you fail to meet these criteria, you will have to apply for it in person. In any other case, you can do so by mail. If the passport has to be renewed via mail then a completed, dated and signed ‘DS-82’ application form must be filled out and sent along with the present or expired passport, two passport-sized photos and the payment. The total fee for passport renewal
comes up to $67. In case the name of the applicant has changed, he must also attach the original (not a mimeographed copy) and a legal document certifying the same. For applicants residing outside the USA, passport renewal can be done at the closest US Consulate or US Embassy.