Renewing a U.S. Passport

In a previous blog post, I shared how to print passport photos at home. Now, I want to go through the steps of renewing a passport (during COVID).


The process of renewing a passport under normal circumstances is #dreadful and this is especially true during a pandemic. The processing times are taking longer than normal. Not to mention some of the processes have temporarily changed to accommodate the restrictions put in place to keep staff workers safe and healthy.


Under normal circumstances, you could renew your passport by mail or by visiting a passport center or agency.


Renewing you passport by mail:

Find out if you're qualified to renew by mail (Normal Circumstances)

If you answered "yes" to all of the statements above, you are eligible to renew your passport by mail.


If you need your passport sooner than the estimated 10-12 weeks, you have the option of paying for expedited service (additional $60) to receive your passport in 4-6 weeks.


If you're not eligible to renew your passport via mail, visit Travel.State.Gov's apply in person page. Don't be alarmed! You are essentially going to complete the same process you went through to get your passport the first time.


Renewing at a passport agency or center instead of mailing in application

(Normal Circumstances)


Pre-COVID, if you lived in a state with a passport agency or center, you could walk-in or schedule an appointment to renew your passport. This option was super helpful if you lost your passport close to an international trip. The agencies and centers had the capacity to process an application and get you your passport same-day, overnight, etc. This did come with additional fees. I believe you had to provide printed proof of international travel (such as your flight itinerary, hotel reservation, cruise tickets, or international car insurance).


Please note, passport agencies/centers are not the same as an acceptance facility (such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries).


Renewing you passport by mail:

(During COVID)

First, check to see if you're qualified to renew your passport by mail (see above). If you do qualify, complete the renewal application. You can expect to receive your passport in 10-12 weeks.


If you need your passport sooner than the estimated 10-12 weeks, you have the option of paying for expedited service (additional $60) to receive your passport in 4-6 weeks.


Renewing at a passport agency or center instead of mailing in application

(During COVID)


At this time, passport agencies and centers are reserving in-person appointments for those who are traveling internationally due to a life or death emergency or have urgent international travel in the next 72 hours.


Learn more about obtaining and renewing a passport and which service you should select based on when and why you're traveling internationally at How to Get my U.S. Passport Fast.

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I'm Santeka - an outspoken, over the top Southern Girl that landed in New Jersey with an appetite for fun, flavor, travel, and new experiences. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy exploring all of the things I love and feel inspired along the way! 

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