How to apply for or renew a U.S. passport

First-time applicants

You must apply in person at an authorized Passport Application Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport
  • You are under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change


First-time applicants will need to bring these items and documents:

For more information, such as what qualifies as evidence of U.S. citizenship and the required dimensions for passport photos, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

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Get a set of two passport photos at a AAA branch.2

  • Classic members pay $10 plus tax
  • AAA Plus® members pay $8 plus tax
  • AAA Premier® members pay $5 plus tax
  • Non-members pay $15 plus tax
Passport renewals

Your expired or soon-to-expire U.S. passport can be renewed by mail if it meets all the following requirements:

  • It is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
  • It was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • It was issued within the last 15 years
  • It is an original or certified copy

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must renew in person at an authorized Passport Application Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency.

If you are eligible to renew your passport by mail:

  1. Fill out Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail
  2. Submit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or card
  3. If your name has changed, submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order
  4. Pay the applicable fee
  5. Provide one passport photo (photo requirements)
  6. Mail in the application

For more information, such as where to mail your passport renewal materials in each state, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Expedited requests

Passport renewal applicants can request expedited service by mail or apply in person. First-time applicants requesting expedited service must do so in person. 

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information on how to request expedited passport service and the current processing times for passport applications.

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1Additional taxes may apply; Passport fees and applications are subject to change without notice and at any time.

 

2Passport photo fee is subject to change without notice and at any time.

 

Please note that submitting incorrect passport fees can delay the processing of an application.

 

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for further details, or call the State Department’s National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778. In addition to passport information, the U.S. Department of State also provides information on Canada and Mexico border crossing requirements.