A U.S. Passport is the definitive U.S. identification and necessary for travel outside the U.S. borders, except in some areas where a passport card is adequate.
Passport applicants who must apply in person are those who:
Information, including requirements and forms, for first-time passport applicants is available on the U.S. Department of State website. Information about where to apply is also available at the same website.
You can renew by mail if all of these are true about your most recent U.S. passport:
If any of the above is not true, then you must apply in person (see the instructions above on this page).
Instructions to renew your passport by mail are available on the U.S. Department of State website. If you are renewing from outside the U.S. (except Canada), you will have to visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Expedited processing services are available if you need to obtain or renew a passport in a hurry, but they aren’t cheap. You can make an appointment to be seen at the regional passport agency nearest you only when:
You can review the full information about how to get your passport in a hurry.
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.