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

U.S. citizens can renew their passports online through their MyTravelGov account if:

  • They currently live in the U.S., are 25 or older and their most recent passport is or was valid for ten years.
  • Their most recent passport was issued more than nine years but less than 15 years from the date the application is submitted.
  • They are not changing their name, gender, date of birth or place of birth.
  • They are not traveling internationally for at least six weeks from the date the application is submitted.
  • They are not applying for a special issuance passport.
  • Their passport is not damaged or mutilated and has not previously been reported as lost or stolen.
  • They can pay for their passport using a credit or debit card or an Automated Clearing House payment.
  • They can upload a digital passport photo through this website.
  • They are aware that their most recent passport will be canceled immediately when they submit their application.

Additional Information: Individuals who are ineligible to renew their passport online may renew it by mail or in person. More information regarding the online passport renewal process is available here.

BAL Analysis: Qualifying U.S. citizens will benefit from the online passport renewal program by not having to renew their passports by mail or in person. 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.

This alert has been provided by BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact

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