US Citizens living in Canada are the only Americans abroad who can renew their US passport by mail. The requirements to renew your US passport by mail are:
You have to be 18 years old, submit your original most recently issued US passport with the application, and cannot request any changes to your biographical information on the passport except a name change. Your passport also must not be expired more than 5 years, and must have been issued within the last 15 years.
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If you don’t meet all of these requirements, you have to renew your US passport at the nearest US consulate. Children under 18 always have to appear at the US consulate for renewal of their US passport. Please see below for further information on renewing a child’s US passport.
Renewing your US passport from Canada by Mail
US citizens living in Canada are the only US foreign residents who are allowed to renew their US passport by mail. If you meet ALL of these requirements, you are eligible to renew your US passport from Canada without going in person to a US consulate:
- You are at least 18 years old
- Your most recent US passport was issued when you were at least 16 years old
- Your most recent US passport has been expired less than 5 years
- Your most recent US passport was issued within the past 15 years
- Your most recent US passport was issued for the full period of validity (either 5 or 10 years) and was not limited in any way
- You can submit your original most recent US passport with the application
- You are not requesting any change to the data on your passport, other than a name change supported by an original document such as a marriage certificate or legal name change certificate