How long before expiration can you renew a US Passport?

  • My US passport expires in just over a year but I've only got one empty page left in it and I've already had extra pages added once.

    I'm going to be in the US for a short while and am considering renewing my passport while I'm there.

    Am I able to renew a passport that has more than one year of validity left on it so that I can get a new one with more pages?

  • Correct answer

    9 years ago

    Your passport qualifies to add more pages if you prefer. It costs a little less in the short run, but you will have to mail your passport with the application form.

    Although I was not able to find any info specifically on the State Dept website about this topic, any restrictions on how early you can renew are conspicuously absent.

    Information on various US embassy pages from other countries also suggests that you can renew at any time:

    From http://brazil.usembassy.gov/service/frequently-asked-questions.html:

    How soon should I renew my passport before it expires?

    You may apply to renew your U.S. passport at any time.

    From: http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/faqs/faq_passports.html:

    How soon should I renew my passport before it expires?

    You may renew your passport at any time before or after it expires.

    Since it costs $82 for additional pages and $110 per renewal, additional pages are penny wise, pound foolish. In addition, the State Department will only add additional pages once per passport. Once your additional pages are filled, you must renew.

    From what I read, they'll add pages twice. I've already done it once, but since I've only got a year left of validity I probably won't use all the pages within the year and will have to renew anyways.

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