Passports are mandatory for every resident of the United States 16 years old or older who plans to travel outside the country. In Michigan, you can renew your passport by applying through the mail or in person. Once you have an American passport, it will have to be renewed every 10 years.
Check the expiration date on your American passport. If it is approaching, and especially if you have travel plans in the near future, it will require renewal.
Apply for a passport renewal through the mail if you meet four specific criteria: your passport is undamaged and can be sent with your application, your passport was issued when you were 16 years of age or older, your passport was issued in the last 15 years and your passport was issued in your current name.
Visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at Travel.state.gov and locate a document called Form DS-82. Fill out the form online and print it, or print it and fill it out in black ink. Sign and date Form DS-82.
Mail the form to the address listed on it, along with your current passport, two passport photos and the passport fee. As of 2010, a U.S. Passport renewal costs $110.
Renew your passport in person if your application does not meet the four criteria outlined in Step 2. Locate the address of the nearest passport office by visiting the U.S. Department of State’s website at Travel.state.gov. If visiting a passport office in person, take your old passport, two passport photos and the necessary fees.
Renew your passport several months before it expires or is needed. An expedited passport renewal costs $60 extra.
If renewing by mail, send the package with delivery confirmation and tracking to ensure it arrives safely.