The U.S. State Department recently closed a pilot program for qualifying U.S. citizens to renew their passports online.

Key Points:

  • U.S. citizens who created a MyTravelGov account before 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 7 can still renew their passports online through the Online Passport Renewal portal.
  • U.S. citizens can continue to renew their passports by mail or in person.
  • State Department authorities stated that the Online Passport Renewal portal will open periodically before its full launch later in 2023.
  • More information regarding the online passport renewal process is available here.

BAL Analysis: More than 500,000 U.S. citizens submitted passport applications through the Online Passport Renewal Portal, the State Department said. U.S. citizens in need of a new passport should renew their passport as soon as possible to avoid delays and complications. Travelers should also be sure to check their destination country’s entry rules to determine if they have enough time remaining on their passport. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.

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