Everything You Need To Know About Your Expired Passport
What is an Expired Passport?
Any passport that has gone over the expiration date listed on the passport qualifies it as expired. Consequently, this means you can not travel abroad nor apply for a travel visa until you get your passport renewed. Additionally, your passport may also need to be renewed even before the expiration date due to the ‘Six Month Passport Validity Rule’. Most countries now require that your passport has an expiration date that is, at least, six months after the last day of your international trip.
How do I get my passport renewed?
There are a few options on how to go about renewing your passport depending on how old you were at the time when you received your most recent passport:If you were above 16 at the time when you were issued your passport and your passport is not older than 15 years you can have your passport renewed by mail as long as it is not damaged. So, passports issued to applicants at age 16 or older can be renewed by mail up to 5 years after the passport has expired.Applicants who were minors at the time when they received their most recent passport, or at the age 15 or younger, are required to appear in person at an application acceptance facility to apply for a new passport.
Where can I get my passport renewed?
By mail unless the passport book/card was significantly damaged, the passport is older than 15 years, or if you were minor (15 years or younger) at the time you received it.
You can make an appointment at one of the U.S Department of State Passport offices
A third party expediting company
Adult passport renewals require mailing a completed DS-82 Form along with one’s previously issued passport, a passport photo, and payment for the renewal fee. The previous passport cannot be significantly damaged or expired for more than five years.
Minors ages 16 and 17 cannot renew a passport by mail. They must appear in person and submit DS-11 Form and all other supporting documents. Only one parent is required to appear with minors age 16. If the applicant is 17 a parent is not required to appear with them. Both parents are required to appear when applying to renew a passport for children who are age 15 or younger. If one parent can not appear then, they must fill out a DS 30-53 consent form saying that they are at an understanding that the child will be receiving a passport.
What is a DS-82 Form and how do I fill it out?
A DS-82 application form is for Passport Renewal by Mail and is used when renewing a United States passport that is expired or near the expiration date for no more than five years after the expiration date on the passport. The DS-82 and any passport application form can be found at any post offices around the United States, and embassy around the world. Fill out the prompts on the document correctly and completely to avoid problems getting your new passport Issued. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YASP2jYrfjQ
What is a DS-11 Form and how do I fill it out?
A DS-11 application form for new U.S Passport is an application form that should be used when you are applying for a new U.S. passport or when you are replacing an expired U.S. passport that was issued to the child under the age of sixteen; Or for a lost passport. The DS-11 form and any passport application form can be found at any post offices around the United States, and embassy around the world. Fill out the prompts on the document correctly and correctly to avoid problems getting your new passport issued. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBk8vGXTMyM
What if I lost my passport?
If you have lost your passport, you will need to fill out a DS-64 form stating you are not in possession of your last passport and then fill out a DS-11 form. The DS-64 form and any passport application form can be found at any post offices around the United States, and embassy around the world. Fill out the prompts on the document correctly and correctly to avoid problems getting your new passport issued.
What if my name has changed?
If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered the change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport.
If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:
1.) Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your current passport, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), and a color passport photo, and all applicable fees
2.) More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are eligible to use DS-82 Form:
Submit Form DS-82 by mail with your current passport, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a color passport photo, and all applicable fees.
3.) More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are not eligible to use DS-82 Form:
You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the applicable section on Form DS-11.
What if my passport is damaged?
If your passport is significantly damaged ripped pages, illegible, etc. You must apply for a new passport by completely filling out a DS-11 form.
What if my passport has been expired for more than 15 years?
If your most recent passport was issued to you over 15 years ago, you have to apply for a new passport by completely filling out a DS-11 form.
What should I do with my old passport book/card?
When applying for a renewal expired over five years or not you must send in your previous one. They will send your previous passport book/card back with your new one. If you are unable to send in your previous passport, you will have to apply for a new passport by filling out a DS-11 Form and fill out a lost or stolen DS-64 Form. Note: Old passports are also a good source or identification if need be they can help as a proof of citizenship.
What is the Six Month Validity Rule?
The Six Month Validity Rule is a rule that is other countries enforce, and not to the United States. Which means your passport should be valid for more than six months before you would be allowed to travel into certain foreign countries. Again, this rule is not enforced by the United States only certain countries such as:
- French Polynesia
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- New Caledonia
- St. Lucia
- Papua New Guinea
- Timor-Leste (East Timor)
- Saudi Arabia