Good news, American passport-holders: You’re one step closer to being able to renew your passport online.
The US Department of State launched a pilot program to help Americans renew their passports more efficiently by eliminating the need to mail in expired passports and supplementary documents. The first phase of the program is already complete: As of August 12, the agency has accepted 25,000 initial applicants to test out its online passport renewal service. Phase two opened in September and will allow another 25,000 first-come, first-served applicants to trial the service. A broader rollout is expected in 2023.