Step One: Before beginning, make sure that you have all of your forms and photos together. This expedites the process tremendously! Here are the documents needed to complete a mail-in passport renewal:
–Form DS-82 (you can fill this out after you’ve gotten your documents together).
-Your last eligible passport book.
-Proof of your name change (if different than the name on your last passport, a marriage certificate would do).
-New color passport photo (you can get one of these taken at Walgreens, but they won’t let you smile!)
-Passport renewal fee (I sent mine in via check.)