An appointment for a passport renewal process is necessary only when your trip is scheduled in 2 weeks or less, and you need to go to a passport agency in your area. That is because you have to show up in person.
On the other hand, if you are not in a hurry, you can renew your passport by mail, in which case no appointment is required.
We want to let you know that with iVisa you do not need to get an appointment so that you can carry out the process of renewing your passport with us. This new service that iVisa has launched is 100% online and best of all, we will help you with the whole process. This process will be simple and straightforward and will not take you a long time.
Eligibility criteria for a passport renewal by mail
To qualify for a passport renewal by mail, all the criteria below must be true:
- You still have your passport. It was never lost or stolen. Even if it was later found or returned to you, you need to apply in person for a new passport.
- The passport is not damaged. When we say damaged, we mean mutilated, discolored, missing pages, etc. Normal ‘wear and tear’ does not count.
- The passport was issued within the last 15 years.
- You were at least 16 years old when your passport was issued.
- The name on the passport coincides with your current name. However, if you have a document that confirms your name change, you can proceed with the renewal by mail.
The criteria above are cumulative. If one of them is not true, then your only option is to apply in person for a new passport.
On the other hand, if you meet each of the requirements that we mentioned above, just click here and get your passport renewal with us.
Requirements for a renewal by mail
If you determine that you are indeed eligible for a passport renewal by mail, then you can proceed and make sure that you have everything you need for a successful application process. With that being said, here is what you must be able to submit:
- Your passport.
- A DS-82 form – the US Department of State is helpful in this regard. Check out their website and find the form. You can use the form filler and then print the completed form, or you can print the PDF and fill it in by hand. Just don’t forget that you have to sign and date it before you send it in.
- One passport-sized photo – the photo must meet all the US passport photo requirements. It must be a 2 by 2-inch picture, taken on a white background. You cannot appear wearing glasses, and the photo cannot be older than 6 months. For more passport photo requirements, check the US Department of State website.
- If applicable, the document that confirms your name change – if you got married, use the marriage certificate. A divorce decree can also be used, and so is a name change court order.
- The passport renewal fee – please do not enclose cash in your envelope. You must use a check or a money order payable to the US Department of State.
As soon as you have all of the above, you can put everything in an envelope, and send it in. You are required to use USPS, and the envelope must be big enough so that none of the documents inside are folded. The address to which you must mail your document depends on where you live.
If you live in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, or Texas: National Passport Processing Center, Post Office Box 640155, Irving, TX 75064-0155.
If you live in any other US state or in Canada: National Passport Processing Center, Post Office Box 90155, Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155.
The bottom line is that you have to make an appointment for a passport renewal process only if you go in person at a passport agency. If you apply by mail, that is not necessary for obvious reasons.