Passport Renewal at the Post Office: Can You Apply at the USPS? 

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With over 30,000 retail locations all over the country, the United States Postal Service is one of the most popular places for Americans to access passport services.

While not all post offices serve as passport acceptance facilities, around 4,800 of them will accept and process first-time applications. But can you apply for passport renewal at a post office? And if so—how to do it?

Read on to learn how to renew a US passport and how the USPS can be of assistance. 

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Can I renew my passport at the post office?

The short answer is no.

While they serve as passport acceptance facilities, USPS offices do not process passport renewal applications. 

USPS staff only take care of the shipping.

The only form they will accept for processing is a DS-11 for a first-time passport application. This is also the only application form you’ll be able to find in post offices. Renewal form DS-82 can only be downloaded directly from the State Department’s website.

However, under certain circumstances, you can send the DS-82 form by mail or online. This can only happen when ALL of the requirements are met:

  • Your passport is not damaged
  • It was issued in the last 15 years
  • The passport is still in the applicant’s possession
  • It was issued when the applicant was 16 or older
  • It reports the applicant’s current name or the name change can be documented

If the passport doesn’t meet all these official requirements, it’s necessary to apply for a new one following the standard procedure (Form DS-11).

If the document is eligible for a renewal passport application, it must be sent directly to the State Department through USPS delivery.

How to renew a passport at the post office in 3 steps

To get the application underway, you only have to follow the three steps listed below.

Step 1: Gather the documents

US passport renewal at the post office requires fewer documents than a first-time application.

The authorities will count the old document as proof of both: identity and citizenship. So, here’s what you need to bring along to renew your passport at the post office:

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Here’s a handy table with passport renewal fees:

Passport typeFee
Passport card$30
Passport book$130
Both formats$160

Checks and money orders have to be made payable to “U.S. Department of State.” For the expedited service, it’s necessary to pay an extra $60 in addition to the passport fee.

Step 2: Mail the application form

After getting all the supporting documents for passport renewal, you can ship the application package to the State Department.

In the US, this can be done exclusively through USPS delivery, no other services will be accepted. Citizens residing in Canada have to use Canada Post.

Applications made from the states of California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Texas have to be sent to this address:

National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 640155
Irving, TX 75064-0155

Applications sent in from any other state or Canada must be shipped to:

National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90155
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

Those who opted for expedited processing must write “EXPEDITE” on the outside of the envelope and send it to:

National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90955
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

To mail the passport renewal application to the Department of State you must use USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes (EP14F) or USPS Priority Mail Express Flat Rate envelopes (EP13F).

The two USPS envelopes accepted for US passport renewal.

These envelopes are available at all post office locations.

In addition, you can purchase the 1–2 day delivery option for $19.53. This will only apply to the delivery from the processing center to your address.

Step 3: Track the processing status

The application status can be tracked from the website of the US State Department after they receive the application package. It might take two   weeks for the status to change to “In Progress.”

Before that, it’s possible to use the USPS delivery tracking service to follow the envelope until it gets to the processing facility.

The processing times for all US renewal passport applications are between 7 and 10 weeks after the envelope has arrived at its destination. With the expedited service, the process will take 4 to 6 weeks.

For expedited delivery, applicants can purchase the USPS Priority Mail with variable prices.

The renewed passport and your expired passport will be shipped back in two separate envelopes.

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The 3 steps to renew a US passport.

Additional tips to renew your US passport

Here are some tips to ensure that your passport renewal application doesn’t run it any problems:

  • Apply around nine months before the passport expires. Processing delays are not uncommon and the timeline can become unpredictable
  • If you are applying at the same time as another family member, keep in mind that you can use a single envelope to ship the documents. Just make sure that the fees add up correctly
  • When preparing the application package, be careful not to fold the picture; any kind of crease will make it unacceptable
  • The passport photo needs to be attached to the form with four staples placed exactly in the marked spots. Do not glue it or tape it to the form
The photo section of passport renewal form DS-82.

Conclusion

While the USPS does offer passport services, your local post offices can’t process passport renewals.

A passport renewal Form DS-82 will be directly processed by the State Department. According to the National Passport Information Center, it’s only possible to refer to a regional passport agency in case of an emergency. In all other circumstances, renewal applications have to be sent in by mail.

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