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Passport Renewal Now Available Online for U.S. Travelers — Act Fast

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The U.S. State Department has introduced a new and improved online passport renewal service, allowing travelers to conveniently submit their documents digitally instead of going through the hassle of mailing them.

The ability to renew passports online was put on hold in March 2023, but the U.S. State Department is now resuming the service.

But if you want to renew your passport online, you’ll need to act quickly because only a certain number of applications will be processed daily. Here’s everything you need to know.

Online Passport Renewal Resumes

The U.S. State Department just relaunched its online passport renewal portal to help eligible travelers renew their passports online here.

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The return of this service aims to address the issues faced last summer when the passport renewal portal was inundated with a high volume of travelers looking to renew their passports online.

The program will start by accepting a small number of online applications each day. Over time, this number will increase gradually to allow the State Department to effectively monitor and address any issues that may arise. The goal is to continuously enhance the experience for U.S. travelers.

The online application portal will stay open each day until the daily application threshold is met. The State Department has also published a helpful digital guide with videos that explains the renewal process.

Who Is Eligible To Renew Their Passports Online?

In order to renew online, individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria. These include being at least 25 years old, being a U.S. citizen, and currently possessing a passport that was valid for a 10-year period and was issued between 2009 and 2015.

Online passport renewals have the same processing time as mail-in renewals, which now take 6 to 8 weeks and cost $130 for a passport book, $30 for a passport card, and $160 for both.

It is important to note that during the beta testing of this online passport renewal, applicants are not allowed to make changes to their name, gender, date of birth, or place of birth.

Additionally, applicants must not have any plans to travel abroad for at least 8 weeks after submitting their application, as there will be no expedited passport processing option available.

Officials did not provide a specific timeline for the duration of this beta program, only stating that it will continue in the upcoming months.

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To renew your passport online during the initial relaunch of this program, individuals must first create a account and upload a JPEG photo of themselves.

Final Thoughts

This is excellent news for U.S. travelers who are interested in renewing their passports online. Nevertheless, it is imperative that you act quickly, as the U.S. State Department is only accepting a limited number of passport renewal applications during the initial beta testing phase.

Also, bear in mind that there is currently no expedited processing of your passport if you renew online, so make sure you don’t have any travel plans in the next several months to ensure you receive your passport on time.

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Juan has extensive experience in writing and editing content related to credit cards, loyalty programs, and travel. He has been honing his expertise in this field for over a decade. His work has been featured in various prestigious publications, such as USA Today, CNN Underscored, Forbes and The Points Guy. Juan is the visionary behind JetBetter, a premier award booking concierge service.

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