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Renewing Your Passport

Note: U.S. citizens living in Canada are eligible for passport renewal by mail. The Department of State's DS-82 form is not correct in stating that U.S. citizens residing abroad cannot submit their renewal application by mail, and that Passport Services will not mail a passport to a private address outside the United States. In fact, an exception is made for residents of Canada. You may write a Canadian mailing address on the DS-82 form and Passport Services will mail your new passport to that address.

Visit the Passport Wizard to see whether you can renew your U.S. passport by mail. If not, you can make an appointment to renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa or any U.S. Consulate in Canada. Please note that neither the U.S. Embassy nor the U.S. Consulates in Canada will accept passport applications by mail.

To renew your passport by mail, you will need to enclose the application fee, made payable to U.S. Department of State. You may pay by money order in U.S. currency drawn from a U.S. bank or a personal check in U.S. currency drawn from a U.S. bank. All other requirements are discussed extensively at

Applying in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, you may pay by U.S. or Canadian bank or postal money order (in U.S. funds only), U.S. or Canadian cash, or major credit card. Fees may not be paid by personal check or debit card if applying in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Emergency Passport Issuance

If you have an emergency and an immediate need to travel, you should contact the consular section nearest you by email. You may apply for an emergency passport at any Passport Acceptance Facility in the U.S. or at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.

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