You need to apply for a new passport under the following conditions:
- You are applying for US passport for the first time ever.
- You are under 16 years of age.
- You your passport is lost, stolen or damaged.
- Your most recent passport was issued before your 16th
- Your passport was issued 15 years ago.
Average processing times for a New US passport application is about 5 business days. If you are travelling sooner than that; you may request for a expedited service at a additional cost; for which you MUST provide a copy of your ticket that determines need for urgency of travel outside United States. Date of Issuing a new passport is the sole descrition of the US passport agency based on the urgency and the supporting documents provided with your application.