A limited-validity passport is any regular passport that was issued for less than the full validity period (10 years for adults over 16 and 5 years for children under 16 years of age). The process to apply for a full-validity passport depends on the reason the limited-validity passport was issued.
Note: If your limited-validity passport was issued for a reason not addressed below, refer to the letter that was given to you along with the passport or contact the American Citizen Services Unit by e-mail: KyivACS@state.gov.
If your limited-validity passport was issued for emergency travel less than one year ago, and the letter issued at that time specifically mentions that you can apply using a DS-5504 application form, you may renew your passport by mail by following the instructions here.
If your limited-validity passport was issued for emergency travel more than one year ago, you may renew your passport by mail by following the instructions here.
In all other circumstances, please follow the instructions under Special Circumstances: Renewing Passports Issued More than 15 Years Ago, Passports with less than 10-Year Issuance or First-Time Adult Passports (In Person).