How fast does a renewal US passport take?
I sent my U.S. passport in for renewal on Wednesday August 29, with delivery date of 8-31. I received my new passport in the mail exactly two weeks later on Tuesday. The post office told me to expect it 3-5 weeks later.
It was sent for regular processing using a regular Priority Mail envelope from my local post office. The post office even packaged it for me with a flat rate envelope. It was cheap too, at $6.45 to Philadelphia. I suppose I could have showed up at the passport center to hand deliver my request in Philadelphia since I am here now.
I still had a bit more than a year left on the old passport and had no immediate foreign travel plans. But I thought it was prudent to renew it now since most places I have been traveling to require having 6 months at a minimum before a passport expires. If I travel early next year, I would not have enough months of a cushion left. Plus when booking a trip, it is usually six months out already.
When I got the renewed passport, it did not include my expired passport. I was disappointed since I have many country stamps in it. But… it did arrive two weeks or so later. I was very happy to get it back. Last time I renewed, both the new and expired passports were mailed back together.
So if you need a renewal, you might get it back rather quickly right now, depending on which service center you are sending to. I am good until 2026.
I was not too happy with my photo since I was looking up. The guy taking my photo was really tall. Here are the photos from the last 21 years. Do you think I changed a lot? I do look rather young in the one from 1995 below at 40 in comparison. You can now figure out my age from 2016.
1995 photo taken at the Niagara Falls USPS. I got this passport to go to Costa Rica on research. I did not have one before this, only being to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, where one was not needed at the time. When I moved to Niagara Falls in 1984, all one needed to go to Canada was a regular driver’s license, image below from 2010.
Now I have a Nexus card, but an enhanced drivers’ licence works too. Yes, there is a photo ID on the Nexus card. My hair was down to my waist for that photo, so I look kinda tiny in it. Best to have a shorter haircut.
I like my Driver’s license photo from May, 2010 the best. A new one is set to come in 2018. They must renew every 8 years. I never remember getting a new one after moving to NYS, but must have had one in 2002 that I forgot about.
2007 taken at Rite Aid, I am full of stars. Nowhere was planned to go, I just needed to renew. I still was not traveling by air due to 911, with my first flight to North Carolina in 2011. The next flight outside the country was to St. Lucia in 2013. It took me a while to get comfortable flying again.
Ironically, now my hair is as short as the 2007 photo. I got it cut shorter on Thursday last week. I added these photos because one reader questioned my photo on the blog, thinking it did not look like me. That photo was taken before I went to England and chopped off a foot of hair. I do look rather pale in my blog photo.
Since you would rather see more interesting images than my passport photos through the years, I illustrated this post with photos from Castle Howard in York.
It was the English aristocratic family home of John Howard, made Duke of Norfolk by King Richard III in 1483. Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to descend from John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk. The estate was preserved as a national treasure for the enjoyment of worldwide visitors. The history is pretty complex, but very fascinating
So do you need to renew your passport? I drove to Pennsylvania on Sunday and am driving back tomorrow. See ya soon.