A passport is a document, issued by the federal government, which certifies the identity and nationality of the passport holder. All U.S. citizens travelling outside the country need either a passport card or book. Citizens are allowed both a passport book and a passport card.
- A Passport Card can be used to travel to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. It cannot be used for international travel by air.
- A Passport Book can be used to travel to and from foreign countries via any type of travel.
Application to Renew A U.S. Passport by Mail
How to renew by mail
Applications for renewal should be submitted to the National Processing Center by mail. Is your most recent U.S. Passport
- Undamaged and can be submitted with your application
- Issued when you were age 16 or older
- Issued within the last 15 years
- Issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change
If you answered "No" to any one of the items above, you must apply for a new passport.
If you answered "Yes" to all of the items, follow the steps below to submit your renewal by mail.
- Complete the Application to Renew A U.S. Passport by Mail (Social Security number required)
- Determine the appropriate fee to include on the Travel.State.Gov site
- Mail the appropriate fee and the following with your application to the address on the application
- Your most recent U.S. passport book and/or card
- A certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order (if your name has changed)
- A recent, color photograph