The State Department is testing online passport renewal

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To test the online renewal portal, the State Department is seeking up to 25,000 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.
To test the online renewal portal, the State Department is seeking up to 25,000 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo Credit: Goodmoments/Shutterstock

The State Department is in the midst of testing an online passport renewal program, offering the service to the first 25,000 applicants who apply this month. 

The department said that the online passport renewal portal is expected to open to all U.S. citizens later this year. 

"If eligible, you will no longer have to mail your renewal application and supporting documents to us," the State Department said

The program is the result of an executive order President Biden signed last December instructing the Secretary of State to "design and deliver a new online passport renewal experience that does not require any physical documents to be mailed." 

To test the portal, the State Department is seeking up to 25,000 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. The online portal allows people that meet a certain set of requirements to apply online and even upload a digital photo that can be taken from a smartphone.

Stipulations include applicants being at least 25 years old and living in the United States, that the passport was issued between 2007 and 2013 and will expire within one year or has already expired, and that the applicant is in possession of their passport (it can't be lost or stolen).

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