You ask, “Will my old passport be returned to me when I renew it?”
YES! If you are going to renew your U.S. passport and use it to prove citizenship, the U.S. Department of State will return it to you after processing.
When you renew your passport, you are actually applying for a new passport.
Again, you may send in your expiring U.S. passport as proof of citizenship. It speeds up the process and makes it easier.
If you have a damaged passport, however, the U.S. Department of State will not accept it and may not return it to you. In this case, you must apply for a replacement passport.
NOTE: Passports are valid for 10 years (minors are only valid for 5 years).
Will my old passport be returned to me when I renew it?
Moreover, travelers like to keep their old passports. After 5 or 10 years, you could have several visas and stamps you treasure as souvenirs of your travels.
Fortunately, when you renew your U.S. passport, you will get your old one back. Often, it may come separately and up to a week later.
NOTE: If for some reason you do not get your old passport back, you may want to contact the U.S. Department of State directly at 877-487-2778.
The U.S. Passport Renewal Process
All passport applicants will handle the passport renewal process by mail.
If you’re not traveling within the next 2 weeks, you can simply visit your local post office or county clerk for routine passport processing. To proceed, click here to find a local passport acceptance facility.
If you need to get your passport fast, see Expedited Passport Options.
When you’re ready to renew your U.S. passport, you can send in your new passport photos along with your passport application and documents. Eventually, the U.S. Department of State will issue you a new passport and a new passport number.