Passport Renewal FAQs
How long is a passport valid and when should I renew my passport?
If you were 16 or older when the passport was issued, then your passport is valid for 10 years.
If you were 15 or younger when the passport was issued, then your passport is valid for 5 years.
If possible, you should renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Most countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.
What's the fastest that I can get my passport renewed through APVI?
Our company provides the fastest processing time possible. If you apply for 24 Hour Processing and we receive your documents no later than 8:30 AM, your passport could be ready as early as 4 PM the next day.
If you reside in the Washington, DC area, you could pick it up from our office at 5 PM. If you are out of the area, you could receive it as early as 8:30 AM the following day via FedEx First Overnight. If you need it delivered faster, we can help you arrange FedEx Same-Day Delivery Service or airport-to-airport courier service. We will help you find the best solution for your travel needs.
I'm renewing my passport. Do I get the old one back?
Yes, we will return the old, canceled passport to you. Keep your old passport in a safe place as it is considered proof of your US citizenship.
Do I have to provide my Social Security Number?
If you do not provide your Social Security Number it may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application.
Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E) requires you to provide your Social Security Number (SSN), if you have one, when you apply for a U.S. passport or renewal of a U.S. passport. If you have not been issued a SSN, enter zeros in box #5 of the passport application form you are completing. Contact the Social Security Administration to request a Number. If you are residing abroad, you must also provide the name of the foreign country in which you are residing. The U.S. Department of State must provide your SSN and foreign residence information to the Department of Treasury. If you fail to provide the information, you are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.