Yes! If you need to renew your passport, it will be returned to you. Passports are valid for ten years (minors are only valid for five years). When you renew your passport, you are actually applying for a new passport. You can send in your old one as proof of citizenship. It will help speed up the process and make it easier. If your old passport is damaged however, the U.S. Department of State will not accept it. It may also not be returned. You will need to apply for a replacement passport.
Will my old passport be returned to me when I renew it?
Many travelers like to keep their old passports. There are many visas and stamps that are treasured souvenirs of your travels. Fortunately, when you renew your passport, you will get your old one back. Sometimes it may come separately and up to a week or so later. If for some reason you do not get your passport back, you may want to contact the U.S. Department of State directly at 877-487-2778 or travel.state.gov
The Passport Renewal Process
The passport renewal process is all completed by mail. You will get a brand new passport. You will need to send in new passport photos with the documents. You will also be issued a new passport number. If you need a passport fast, review the Expedited Passport Options. If you’re not traveling within the next two weeks, you will need to visit your local post office or county clerk for routine passport processing. Click here to find a local acceptance agent: http://passportsonline.org/find-a-local-passport-acceptance-facility/