Figuring Out Where to Renew Your Passport

With a passport, you get access to see the wide world and explore new places. So, treat it as your precious travel companion. However, passports issued when you were a kid or a young adult do expire, and the date of expiration is printed on the front cover. This means you have to renew your passport at some point in time in order to continue stepping out of the country.

The question is, where do you go to renew your passport? As it turns out, there are many places to renew your passport. You just need to pick the option that works best for you.

What Are Your Passport Renewal Options?

1. Passport Acceptance Facility:

If you ask me, the first place I'd go to renew my passport is a passport acceptance facility. Why? Because the process is easy. Just make an appointment, take the essential documents with you and, most importantly, make sure your passport application is complete and flawless.

2. U.S. Post Office:

You'd be delighted to know that you can renew your passport at select U.S. post offices as well. It's almost as simple as going to a passport acceptance facility. Just find the post office offering passport renewal services, and you're all set.

3. U.S. Embassy or Consulate:

If you happen to be overseas at the time of passport renewal, you can renew your passport at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The passport renewal process at an embassy or consulate is quite similar to that of a passport acceptance facility.

4. Public Library:

Did you know that some libraries are authorized to accept passport applications? Yes, it's true. And the best part is, the librarians can even take your passport photo.

5. Online:

If you love the comfort of home, you might want to renew your passport online. It is a relatively new service where you can file your passport renewal application electronically.

Applying for Passport Renewal at a Passport Acceptance Facility

Necessary Documents:

  1. A complete DS-82 form
  2. Your expiring or expired passport book
  3. A new passport photo (taken within the last 6 months)
  4. Proof of U.S. citizenship
  5. A check or money order for the passport renewal fee

Steps to Follow:

  1. Make an appointment at the nearest passport acceptance facility.
  2. Get your documents ready.
  3. Dress appropriately.
  4. Show up for your appointment on time.
  5. Pay the passport renewal fee.
  6. Submit your application.
  7. Get your passport photo taken (if required).
  8. Track the status of your application online.

Closing Thoughts

There you have it—the places you can go to renew your passport. Personally, I prefer passport acceptance facilities. But you can go wherever you feel comfortable.


  1. Can I renew my passport at the airport?

    • No, you cannot renew your passport at the airport.
  2. Can I renew my passport if it's expired?

    • Yes, you can renew your passport even if it's expired, as long as it hasn't been expired for more than 5 years.
  3. Can I use my old passport photo for renewal?

    • No, you need to get a new passport photo that meets the U.S. State Department's requirements.
  4. How long does it take to renew a passport?

    • Normally, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to renew a passport. However, expedited processing is available for an additional fee.
  5. How much does it cost to renew a passport?

    • The passport renewal fee is $130, and the expedited processing fee is $60.

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