When applying for a passport renewal, it’s natural to wonder if you will get your old passport back. The good news is that, in most cases, you will receive your old passport back. However, it may be canceled or marked as invalid. This measure is taken to prevent any misuse or identity theft.

How Long Does it Take to Get Old Passport Back?

In the majority of cases, we will return your old, canceled passport to you. Please note that the old passport may be sent separately from your new passport and may take up to 8 weeks to arrive. It is crucial that you keep your old passport in a secure place as it serves as proof of your U.S. citizenship.

Can I Keep My Old Passport?

When you receive your new passport, your old passport will be hole-punched and returned to you. This is done to ensure your security and to mark the old passport as invalid. Although some customers may want to keep their old passport, it will not be valid as it will have a hole punch through it.

Why Didn’t I Get My Old Passport Back After Renewing?

When you renew your passport, the State Department usually returns your old passport to you. However, your old passport may arrive separately from your new passport. It is also possible that it may take up to 8 weeks for your old passport to arrive after you have received your new passport.

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