Sending in your old passport for renewal overview:
Many people seem to have the same question about their passport renewal. Will they get their passport back when they send it in by mail? The answer is when you renew your passport you send in your expired or soon to be expired, passport for verification. The passport agency will then process your passport renewal and cancel your expired passport.
You are also eligible at any time to renew your passport earlier than expiration. Applicants choose to renew early sometimes if there is a photo change, and the appearance has been changed significantly.
When applying for your passport renewal by mail you will have to do a new DS 82 passport renewal application, updated passport photos taken within the past six months. Unfortunately, you cannot use your prior passport photo they want to see the changing your age and make sure identity is verified. Passport renewals are for adults only, and the passport must not be expired for more than five years.
Once the State Department cancels your passport, it will put two whole punches in the picture page so you cannot mistake in your newly issued passport with your old passport.You always get your old passport back when you get a new passport whether you do routine passport processing or expedited passport processing.
What do you do with your old passport when you get it returned by the state department? Once you receive your old passport back it’s best to file that in the safe, secure place because this old passport even though it’s canceled can still be used as proof of citizenship should you ever lose your newly issued passport