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Online Passport Renewal Will Start in Early 2023

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Currently, processing times for online renewal remain similar to those sent via snail mail. But while there’s no guarantee that online renewal will shorten wait times, it can cut down on paperwork and streamline the method, each for applicants and State Department officials, who proceed to work their way through a backlog of nearly two million passport applicants that began piling up in early 2020.

On its website, the State Department urges applicants to not renew online in the event that they are traveling internationally in six weeks or less, as their current passport will change into invalid as soon as they submit their renewal application.

To hitch the pilot program for online passport renewal, applicants must create an account at MyTravelGov, a process that requires a legitimate email address. Once logged in, the page will eventually contain a link to the web passport renewal system, which can require entering your passport number and uploading a digital photo. Currently, with the pilot program closed, there is no such thing as a such link, and a link that read “easy methods to renew your passport” takes you to a form with information for renewing by mail.

And the technology of the system itself, some travel advisers say, leaves room for improvement.

“The system is designed to take the nightmare a part of passport renewal out of it and have people give you the option to do it from the comfort of their homes. It’s going to be the long run. But because it’s designed straight away, it’s just a little bit clunky,” said Anthony Berklich, a travel adviser and founding father of the travel platform Inspired Citizen.

There are multiple steps, and applicants must create a password, then enter a separate passcode sent via email, which might be confusing. And after going through all of the steps, some applicants, Mr. Berklich added, received error messages telling them they were ineligible for online renewal despite meeting all the necessities.

To qualify for online renewal, you could currently have a passport that’s or was valid for 10 years, and it’s OK in case your passport has expired. But you may’t renew documents online which can be too recent or too old, so if you’ve gotten a couple of yr left in your passport (meaning it was issued after 2013), you may’t renew online. Same goes for expired passports that were issued greater than 15 years ago, in 2007 or earlier.

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