Renew Your Passport: How to Do It Today

My husband and I have wanted to take our children to London ever since each one of them was born. It’s a special country for us, as he proposed to me while we were riding the London Eye together (thankfully we had our own Ferris wheel cart!). Now that our three kids are older, we decided it was time to take them to London. We’re going this fall!

My kiddos all have their passports from a previous trip to Banff, Canada, but mine is due to expire before our European trip! Much to my dismay, I needed a passport renewal and I knew NOTHING about the process. Terrified, I sent my documents in for a passport renewal and it came back unapproved because I forgot to provide legal proof of my name change. Heck, I couldn’t even find proof of my legal name change. It worked out eventually, but only after I called my husband in a panic because I needed his help finding my name change documents!

Follow my passport renewal guide to learn how to renew your passport the right way, the first time!

You Can Renew Your Passport By Mail Only If These Things Apply:

-The passport is undamaged.

-The passport was issued less than fifteen years ago.

-You were 16 years of age (or older) when you got the passport.

-The passport is in your current name (or if you can provide legal proof of the name change. In my case of a renewal, I needed my husband to help me find legal proof of my name change. I sent my passport away without proof)

If your passport was damaged, stolen, or in another name (and you can’t provide proof of the change) you will have to go in person to a local post office for a renewal.

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