Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail


Your Most Recent U.S. Passport:

check image Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application

  Was issued when you were age 16 or older

  Was issued within the last 15 years

  Was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change

Stop Sign If you answered no to any of the above statements you are not eligible to use Form DS-82! You must follow the instructions on How to Apply for the First Time (In Person).



Read and understand Steps 1-3 before leaving this page. 

STEP 1: Complete and Print Form

  • If completing Form DS-82 online, make sure that all of the entered information is complete and correct before printing. Print the completed form using black ink on one-sided pages.

  • If completing Form DS-82 by hand, do so legibly and in black ink.  Make sure that all of the entered information is complete and correct. Illegible applications may delay application processing times
NOTE: Form DS-82 can also be obtained from your local Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency.

STEP 2: Sign and Date

You must sign and date Form DS-82 on page 1 of the application.

STEP 3: Submit Completed Form + Additional Documents

Mail Form DS-82 in a padded envelope to the address listed on the form, along with:

  • Your most recent U.S. Passport (book or card)
  • Two Passport Photos
  • Current Passport Fees
  • A marriage certificate or court order (only if your current name is different from what was recorded in your most recent U.S. passport)


  • We strongly encourage you to mail your passport application and any personal documents using a traceable delivery method.
  • In order to protect the contents of your mailing from the elements throughout the delivery process, we encourage you to mail your passport application and any personal documents using a secure means of packaging, such as a Tyvek envelope.
  • For more information, including how to attached your second photo to the application, please see Helpful Hints for Submitting Form DS-82.

If You Wish to Expedite Your Passport Application:

  • Include a check or money order for $60.00 made payable to the U.S. Department of State (See Passport Fees)
  • Clearly mark ‘EXPEDITE’ on the outside of the padded envelope
  • We recommend using an overnight delivery service for delivery to and from the Passport Agency

See Application Processing Times and How to Get a Passport in a Hurry for more information.


You should make an appointment to be seen at a Regional Passport Agency only if:

  • The U.S. passport is needed in less than 2 weeks for international travel
  • The U.S. passport is needed within 4 weeks to obtain a foreign visa

Contact the National Passport Information Center to make an appointment or locate a Passport Agency.

World Map If you are overseas and need to apply for or renew your U.S. passport, please follow the instructions under the U.S. passport section in Tips for Americans Traveling Abroad.