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How to Renew an Expired U.S. Passport

The federal government’s passport requirements can be time-consuming and confusing. LegalNature’s experienced Passport Specialists help simplify the process for you and ensure that your application is processed smoothly and without delay. We collect only the information necessary for your application through our questionnaire, providing step-by-step guidance along the way. The following information provides an overview of what is involved in applying for or renewing your passport.

Please note that if you use LegalNature’s passport services, you will not need to learn all the ins and outs of the application process since we streamline most of this for you.

1. Fill Out the Correct Forms

When renewing your expired passport, begin by completing the necessary forms as required by the U.S. Department of State. Note that all questions must be answered correctly according to the instructions provided, as incomplete or inaccurate answers can result in the rejection of your application.

To renew your passport, LegalNature may need to complete some or all of the following forms for you:

  • Renewal Application
  • Data Corrections, Some Name Changes, and Limited-Validity Passports
  • Reporting Your Passport Lost or Stolen
  • Application for New U.S. Passport (if your passport was lost or stolen)
  • Statement of Consent for Issuing a Passport to a Child
  • Statement of Special Family Circumstances
  • Statement You Did Not Receive Your U.S. Passport

2. Submit Your Most Recent U.S. Passport

Include with your application your most recent passport book and card (if you received one). Your passport will be returned to you in a separate mailing. Note that if you are traveling within six months of your passport’s expiration date, then you may not be allowed to travel without renewing your passport. If you have lost your passport book or card, you will have to submit an application for a new passport in person following the steps outlined in the section above.

3. Take Your Passport Photo

Your passport photo must meet specific requirements, including the following:

  • It is in color, clear with high resolution, and with a full front view of your face.
  • It is 2x2 inches in size. The image size measured from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head (including hair) should not be less than 1 inch, and not more than 1 3/8 inches.
  • There may be no shadows on the face or background.
  • It must be printed on photo quality paper with a plain light (white or off-white) background.
  • It only includes yourself in normal attire (no costumes or uniforms) and with no other people.

See Photo Requirements for additional specifications.

4. Include Your Name Change Document (If Applicable)

If you have changed your name from the one listed on your most recent passport, provide a certified (official) copy of your name change document. This may include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court-ordered name change document. Your document will be returned to you in a separate mailing.

5. Pay the Government Fees

Adults must include a fee of $110 for the passport book and may also choose to receive a passport card for an additional $30. Child applicants under 16 years old are charged a $80 fee for the passport book and an optional $15 if they also want a passport card. Fees for expedited services vary depending on your needs. Checks must state your full name and date of birth at the top and be made out to the “U.S. Department of State.”

6. Track Your Application Status

LegalNature forwards your application to the correct government office and manages the follow-up process. Review the status of your application in your account and contact your designated Passport Specialist with any questions. We will contact you with any updates or if there is a problem with your application.