Renewing Passport in Person: Best Renewal Procedure

Renewing passport in person can only be done in the United States at a regional passport agency. These agencies only provide expedited service to American citizens who need to get passports in a hurry due to plans to travel outside the U.S. within two weeks.

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Scheduling an Appointment

The first step to renewing a passport in person is to schedule an appointment at one of the regional agencies. They can only be found in major cities such as Boston, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle and New York. You schedule a visit by calling their toll-free appointment system at 1-877-487-2778. You may be required to make several attempts before finally getting your appointment set up.

Preparing to Submit Your Application

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While you await your appointment date, you should gather all required documents. The application form you will use for a passport renewal is Form DS-82. You can either type in your data and then print it or print the form and fill it in using black ink. Besides the completed application form, you also need to submit your last passport and two passport photos taken within the last six months.

Note, the passport you submit with your application for renewal cannot be damaged. It also cannot have an issuance date greater than 15 years ago. Finally, it cannot be submitted if you were a minor when it was issued.

If your name has changed since your last passport was issued, you are required to submit evidence of the legal name change. Acceptable documents include a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.

Visiting the Regional Passport Agency

Applicants should arrive only a few minutes prior to their appointment and no more than fifteen minutes late. If you show up later than this, your appointment may be canceled and you would have to reschedule.

Upon arrival at the agency, you need to present your ID and the appointment confirmation number. After passing through the security check, you will be directed to the appropriate location for submitting your passport renewal application. You will receive a number. When your number appears, submit your application and documents to the agent.

If the form and documents are acceptable, you will make payment for the fees. The fee to renew a passport is $110 and the fee for expedited service is $60 for a total of $170. Passport fees can be paid by credit card, debit card, money order or personal check at the regional agency.

Depending on the demand at the time you apply and the date your flight is scheduled to depart, the process should be completed and your passport renewed within a few days to as quickly as the same day.

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