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US passport can now be updated online: step-by-step instructions

Americans can now renew their passports online as part of a pilot program introduced by the US State Department on June 13. A new online system will allow United States passport holders to renew their documents hassle-free. So far, the system has a certain limit of applications per day. Over time, when the service passes testing, the system will begin to operate at full capacity, but the exact date when this will happen is not yet known, writes CBS News.

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If the experiment is successful, the online renewal system will significantly shorten the passport renewal process, which sometimes takes months.

Passport processing has become a challenge for the State Department since COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted. Now the queue to receive passports has become huge. So officials from California, Colorado and Oklahoma have proposed that the Senate take action to speed up the application process.

Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma has proposed a bill that would require online tracking of passport applications. Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu of California introduced the PASSPORT Act, a bill designed to streamline the process of applying for and renewing passports.

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In 1990, only 5% of Americans had a passport, according to the State Department. By December last year, this figure had risen to 48%.

Last year, the agency issued a record 24 million passports. The waiting time for processing applications to receive and update them returned to the normal 6-8 weeks in December 2023, the State Department said.

6 steps to renew or obtain your passport online

  • Create a free account on MyTravelGov portal.
  • After creating an account, log in and begin the renewal process by clicking on the “Renew Your Passport” button.
  • In the form that appears, fill in all fields with the information specified in your current passport.
  • Please indicate your international travel plans if you are traveling within the next eight weeks.
  • Upload a photo in JPEG format. Selfies are not accepted.
  • Pay the fee for passport renewal and digital signature of the application.

Visit State Department website on renewing passports online for more details.

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Please be reminded that for the next few months, the daily number of applications will be limited to allow real-time monitoring of system performance. If you are unable to submit your application right away, please try the next day.

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