Renew Passport Documents Prior To The Expiration Date

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If you renew passport papers before the date of expiration, it is very easy to accomplish. This application process can be completed by mail. All you need for a mail-in passport renewal is the application form, your passport, a mailing envelope and two photographs.

Find your existing passport. You will need to send the passport along with the other items as proof of identity. You don't have to be concerned about sending it off to the passport office. It will be returned when you get your new passport in the mail.

Passport photos will be needed. These must be two-inch by two-inch color photographs. The photos are inexpensive and easy to obtain. Just go to your local supermarket or drugstore and have the full face picture taken against a white or near white background. You can't wear hats or similar head coverings. You can wear glasses, hearing aids, hairpieces or wigs if that is your usual appearance. Dark glasses are not acceptable unless you have a doctor's statement that they are medically necessary.

You can go online to the Department of State website for the U. S. Government to get your passport application form. Download the form and print it out. You will need to complete each blank on the form in ink.

You should determine if a passport card is something you want to obtain. A passport card is helpful for travel to locations such as Canada, Mexico or the Bahamas where a formal passport book is not required. The card is an alternative that may be somewhat safer to carry. Since extra fees are involved, you must decide if the fees are worthwhile for your travel plans.

Payment of the correct amount of money is important, but you must also decide whether you need the passport faster than the normal processing time. You might want to expedite the shipping of the application and documents to the agency. You might want to pay for them to speed up the processing time and return the passport quickly. Different prices apply to each of the services above and beyond standard service.

Payment of the fees for processing and the document preparation can be made in any of various formats. You may send a personal check, so long as the name and address on the check matches the information on the application. The payment of a valid check will be held to allow for the check to clear. If there is a different address or name, you would be better served to purchase and submit a money order. Or, you can make payment using a debit or credit card.

The final step in the renew passport process is to mail the envelope and related documents off to the correct agency. Be sure that you have the address of the passport agency correct and that your return address is correct and complete. The amount of postage is important as well. If there is insufficient postage, the application won't get to where it needs to be. Multiple passport applications should be sent in multiple envelopes. Tracking information is appropriate.

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