Check out the US Bureau of Consular Affairs page for all you need to know about obtaining a passport. Application forms can now be filled in on-line and printed at home prior to appearing to have your paperwork validated. Remember... do not SIGN anything on your application until you are in front of an authorized passport processor.
You can also RENEW by MAIL if you meet the following criteria:
YOUR MOST RECENT PASSPORT IS:
- undamaged and can be submitted with your application
- was issued when you were 16 or older
- was issued in the past 15 years
- was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change
If you are planning to travel abroad, check out AMERICANS TRAVELING ABROAD for country specific information regarding your trip.