DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals

There are many reasons to renew a passport. So, if you are ready to renew your passport the form to use is DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals. To get this form, you can download it from the web or get a copy from a passport acceptance facility. Once you have a copy, the next step will be to complete the form.

How to complete Form DS-82?

All forms available by the State Department for a passport application have instructions on how to complete them. The first thing you must do is read the instructions before filling in any information. A common mistake is using a blue ink pen instead of black ink to complete the form. It is clearly stated as one of the instructions that a black ink pen is required. Also, complete the checklist to make sure you have the right form to apply for a passport.

Filling out the form will be straightforward. On the first page, you must provide information about yourself and the passport or card you are renewing. You can also affix a passport picture. You must then sign and date the form.

On the second page, you must include your biometrics, occupation or school (if you are minor in school), permanent address if different mailing address, and an emergency contact. If you have immediate travel plans, you must include departure and return dates and the country you plan to visit.

Also on page two, you will see the addresses to mail your application. There are three addresses to choose from. Choose the one according to the processing type you select for your application.

When can I use Form DS-82?

Form DS-82 is used for specific reasons. If you went through the checklist on the form and did not qualify to use this form, then you must apply using Form DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport. Here are the reasons to use DS-82:

  •         Your passport expired in the last five years
  •         Your passport will expire soon and have less than six months validity
  •         Your passport has missing pages and not entirely damaged
  •         You legally changed your name and had proof

When can I not use Form DS-82?

Other forms will meet your circumstances to get a passport. For that reason, Form DS-82 is restricted to the terms mentioned above. So, here are some reasons when DS-82 cannot be used:

  •         If your passport is significantly damaged
  •         The passport was issued to a minor 15 years or younger
  •         The passport expired more than 15 years ago
  •         You do not have the passport in your possession (if it was lost or stolen)

How long will it take to get a new passport?

The renewal process can take up to eight weeks or one day. The time it takes to get a new passport will depend on the processing option you select. By mail and routine processing can take 4 to 6 weeks. Expedited processing will take 2 to 3 weeks. If you hire a private expeditor or go to a regional passport agency, you can have it in a day. Like the processing time, the cost will vary. Ask before you commit without knowing how much you will pay.