The future of online passport renewals


If you’re already a frequent traveler, you know that the State Department offers multiple ways to renew your passport. The most common methods include visiting a local passport agency or mailing in your application with the required documents and payment. But now there’s another option: online renewal! The State Department is currently testing this new process with select applicants nationwide (including yours truly). If all goes well, everyone can renew their passports online by 2022—making it easier than ever for Americans to take advantage of international travel. This post will explain how e-applications work and what kind of travelers can benefit from them most.

The State Department is testing online passport renewals.

  • The State Department is testing online passport renewals.
  • The pilot program is being tested in the District of Columbia and is open to a limited number of applicants who meet specific eligibility criteria. The program will expand nationwide this summer.
  • If you’re eligible for an online renewal, here’s how to get started:

The pilot program will expand nationwide this summer.

The pilot program will expand nationwide this summer.

You can apply for an expedited passport online at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/applications.html.

If you’re eligible, the application process is quick and simple.

If you’re eligible, the application process is quick and simple. You can renew your passport online from anywhere in the world and it takes just 10 minutes to complete. If you have a valid reason for needing an expedited renewal (such as traveling within 30 days), options allow you to apply within 24 hours or less.

Suppose your current passport has expired but not yet been reported lost or stolen. In that case, all that’s required of you is filling out an application form with information about yourself and attaching evidence regarding why this document needed to be renewed early–such as proof of travel plans or other documentation showing when they were made available for purchase through authorized sellers such as hotels or airlines).

What are the eligibility requirements?

You must be 18 years or older to apply for a passport renewal.

It would be best if you had a valid passport that is not yet expired.

Your photo in your existing passport must be less than 15 years old at the time of application (unless it’s been 10 years since you’ve had your photo taken).

What do I need to know about getting an expedited passport?

If you need to travel within the next two weeks, you can get an expedited passport. You’ll still have to apply in person at a passport agency, but there are some other requirements:

  • You must submit proof of travel (for example, airline tickets).
  • You will need to pay an additional fee for expedited processing ($60 for adults; $40 for children).

Once your application has been submitted and approved, it takes about 3 business days for your new passport book or card to arrive at the post office where you picked it up–which means that if everything goes smoothly and quickly enough, you could receive it before leaving on vacation!


You can renew your passport online for the first time!

The U.S. State Department has just launched a new service that allows you to renew your passport online for the first time ever! This is great news for those wanting to get their hands on an expedited passport but doesn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars in fees or take time off from work.

You can now renew your passport up to 12 months before it expires as long as you meet certain requirements:

  • You must have had an unexpired U.S., Canadian or Mexican passport within five years of applying; this means if your current one expired in 2020, then you must have had one between 2014 and 2019 (the last four digits).
  • Your name must still match what’s on file at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA). If not, send them proof via mail before submitting an application form online; this also applies if there has been any legal change since receiving citizenship status, such as marriage/divorce.


We’re excited about the online passport renewal option and hope it helps you return to your travels sooner. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the passport agency at 877-487-2778

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