Renewing a Passport

An American man describes the process for renewing his passport.

Self Study


Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.


Recently I got a new passport, because my old one had expired.

First, I filled out a document with my personal information, after that I took some passport photos, and then I filed everything in person at the post office.

It took about 4 weeks from when I applied, to when I received it in the mail.

I think it was $140 dollars to have it renewed.

I can use my passport when I travel to other countries to prove who I am. I can also use it as proof of identity when I apply for other documents such as credit cards.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.


  • Why did he need to get a new passport?
  • What did he do first?
  • What did he do next?
  • What did he do after that?
  • How long did the process take?
  • How much was it?


He had to renew his passport. His old one had expired.

First, he filled out a document.

Next, he took some passport photos.

After that, he filed all of the information in person at a post office.

It took about 4 weeks for him to receive his new passport.

It cost $140 to renew his passport.