To Obtain Your First U.S. Passport, go to the nearest pass port office or an authorized post office or courthouse and complete form DSP-11. You will need two passport-size photographs, an original or a certified birth certificate, and a picture ID, such as your driver's license. The cost is $65.
In most circumstances, you should renew your passport by mail. Use form DSP-82, available from passport agencies, authorized post offices and courthouses, some travel agencies, and the National Passport Center. Enclose your old passport and a check for $55. Only if you need your passport within two weeks should you renew in person at the post office or courthouse; fill out form DSP-11, and pay $92 plus $26.75 for express mail. The passport will take 5-7 days to arrive.
If your passport is lost or stolen, follow the procedure for getting your first passport, and explain what happened using form DSP-64.
The procedure is different if you have a problem while you are traveling overseas. If your passport expires while you are outside the U.S., contact the U.S. consular office in that country. Your previous passport will be accepted as proof of your citizenship.
If your passport is lost or stolen while you're away, the nearest embassy or consulate will replace it if you have a picture ID. If you cannot provide a picture ID, gather as much evidence of your citizenship and identity as possible; the embassy must be able to verify that you are who you say you are. It will then contact the State Department to verify that you had been issued a passport.