Update: Readers are reporting that after getting invited to apply, they are receiving expedited passports in as few as 2 days and regular passports within 1 week. Talk about a game-changer!
Alas, online passport renewal is only available for those 16 or older.
You can request an invitation to apply online here. Turnaround time for an invite appears to be between 1-3 weeks.
Originally posted on 3/7:
I previously wrote about the US rolling out online passport renewal and my experience renewing my passport online.
I applied to renew my passport on Friday, 2/25. It was already in the mail by Friday, 3/4 and I received it today!
That’s despite selecting standard 8-11 week processing and standard 3-5 day shipping.
The renewal cost was $130 all-in, easily payable via any credit card. It’s truly a game changer for renewing passports, here’s hoping that they can find a way to make renewing kids’ passports this easy!
It’s always strange getting a new passport, a clean sheet. Because I never mailed in my old one, it doesn’t have the holes in it like other cancelled passports. It has a wonderful collection of stamps from places like the Falkland Islands, Antarctica, the Maldives, Palau, Majuro, Kosrae, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Tromsø, Oslo, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Paris, Ushuaia, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cancun, Johannesburg, the Bahamas, and many more places from the past 9 years of travel around the world, all made possible with airline miles and hotel points. It’s chock full of amazing memories, but now it’s time to make some new ones!
Have you renewed your passport online yet?