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Overview Of Renewing Your Passport Online

Following last year's pilot program, 2023 is the first year some eligible patrons can renew their US passports online instead of relying on the post office and gathering paperwork. Here are a few things to know before starting the process.

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay ~ "'Americans will be able to renew their passports securely online, saving time from having to wait and the effort and cost required to print, go to a post office, and use a paper check,' according to the White House. 'This new online process will be done with safety and security.'

Online Passport Renewal Eligibility

According to the U.S. Department of State, 10 criteria must be met to determine if you want to renew your passport online. For instance, you can renew your passport online if your most recent passport is/was valid for 10 years, you are 25 years old or older, and your current passport was issued more than 9 years ago but less than 15 years before you plan to renew your passport.

On the other hand, there are also several reasons why you may not be eligible to renew your passport online, including if your passport is more than 15 years old, and if you need a new passport because yours has been lost, stolen, or damaged. In those cases, you will need to apply for a passport in person.

The Online Passport Renewal Process

The process of renewing a passport online, assuming you are eligible to do so, is fairly straightforward.

First, you’ll need to create a MyTravelGov account.

After creating your account, the next step will be to open an 'account verification' email sent from the state department and click the hyperlink to activate your MyTravelGov account.

Keep in mind that it may take up to 24 hours for the state department to register your account.

You will then be able to log in to your account and click the 'Renew Passport' button to begin your application.

If you have technical difficulties or need help, you can send the state department an email with your support questions.

Finally, do not attempt to renew your passport online if you have plans to travel soon." ~

For further information on uploading a passport photo and more, check out the full article below.

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