How Exactly Does One Obtain A Replacement Passport

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All passports need to be renewed or replaced when they expire or when they get damaged. The expiry date depends on how old you were when you got your last passport. When you got one when you were 15 years or younger, it will expire in five years. Otherwise the document will be effective for 10 years. Replacing a damaged set of documents is like applying for a new one.

You will need to be physically present in the acceptance center where you will submit your papers. If you got your last passport more than 15 years ago then it cannot be renewed. You also have to apply for a new one. When your documents have about nine months of validity left, then it is best to have it renewed. Read on to follow the steps in getting a replacement US passport.

The good news in replacing one is that you can accomplish it by mailing the renewal form to the National Passport Processing Center. Use an envelope that is large enough to fit the form without folding it. In that envelope, put your old papers and a recent identification picture. If you got married and you changed your name, include your marriage certificate. Also include the amount to pay for the processing fee, even when applying for a children's passports.

Form DS-82 that is the official renewal application is a free document. You can get a copy as a download. The renewal form will ask you if you want to get the thick booklet, which contains 52 pages, or the regular sized one, which are 28 pages. The thicker booklet could be useful if you will be travelling more and to countries that require blank pages for attaching visas.

After you have posted your form in the mail, you need to wait for a month or a month and a half to get your renewed document. Just don't make any travel plans when you are in the stage of getting a replacement. Some airlines would not allow you to board a plane if your documents are expiring soon.

There is a faster way of getting a replacement passport. It is called expedited processing. It will take three weeks but you have to pay additional fees. If you wish to have your document processed this way then you have to mark the envelope that contains your papers with the word "Expedite".

The old passport that you mailed will be returned to you separately. It will be marked cancelled. Although unusable, it is still important because it will prove that you are an American citizen. Keep this document in a safe place.

Those who want to determine the status of their application may do so online. This is an automated feature that requires only your last name, your birthday, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number to proceed. Use this request to help you plan your next travel.

If you reached the point of renewing your travel documents, you must already know how important it is to keep them valid. The success of your travels depends a lot on how far your papers are from expiring, even when dealing with a infant passport. When you have only nine months left, consider this as an opportunity to get a replacement passport.

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