Renewing a passport doesn’t take a lot of time unless an agency’s flooded with orders; the earlier you apply for it, the better. Let’s take a look at how you can renew a minor’s passport in a hassle-free manner.
A passport is an essential document for travelers who wish to temporarily leave their country on holiday or migrate elsewhere. Without one, you’re restricted to travel only within the country, and not out of it. For minors, the process of renewing a passport is a tad different than if one were above the age of 16. Let’s take a look at what’s involved for the passport renewal process.
Eligibility to Renew Passport Through Mail
To be able to renew a passport by post, the following statements need to apply to you. If they do not, then you’ll have to renew your passport in person.
- The passport isn’t damaged and is fit for submission through an application.
- You were 16 years old or older when it was issued.
- It was issued somewhere in the last 15 years.
- The passport was made using the same name you hold now; legal documents will need to be submitted to prove a name change in the case of a married individual, or even if done on one’s own.
You’ll need to fill the DS-82 form, and mail it to the appropriate address mentioned on the form itself.
There are two ways through which an application can be sent―routine service and expedited service. The former kind of mail service completes processing within four weeks or less from the time of application, whereas the latter takes about 2 weeks to come through. You’ll also need to pay an additional fee of $60 (subject to change) for overnight delivery charges to and from the passport agency, if you opt for the expedited service.
A parent or guardian that is handling the formalities, will need to present the child’s passport along with a document containing relationship proof, photo ID, and two passport photographs of the applicant, when applying for a renewal in person. Otherwise, you can send the mail by post and track its progress online by using the option available in the ‘Processing Time’ section on travel.state’s official website; you’ll need to enter information like your last name, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number to gain access to the data.