Correcting, Replacing, or Renewing Your Green Card

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Replacing a Lost, Damaged, Expiring or Expired Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

What should you do if your green card is lost, damaged, expiring, or has expired?

Note:   Your status as an LPR does not expire when your green card expires.  However, if you are a conditional resident, and your green card expires within two years of issuance, you must apply to remove the conditions using Form I-751 <pdf>, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence. If you fail to file Form I-751 your conditional status will expire. Conditional Residents must use Form I-751, not Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

  1. Complete Form I-90 <pdf> Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card:
    • Download the form from the USCIS website <pdf> or complete it electronically through the e-filing system at www.uscis.gov/e-filing.

      The current edition of form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card is
      dated 12/17/2012.
  2. Include the Filing Fee:
    • The application fee is $365* and the biometrics fee is $85*, meaning that the total filing fee is $450*.

      Note: Registration and finger printing are required within 30 days of a permanent resident's child's 14th birthday. If the card was issued before the applicant's 14th birthday and the applicant is filing only to register at age 14, and applicant's existing card will not expire before his/her 16th birthday, pay only
      the $85 biometrics fee.
    • If the application is being mailed, ensure the check or money order is made payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security." If the applicant is eligible to submit the form electronically, payment must be made with a credit or debit card.
  3. Submit the Application:

    • If mailing the application, send it Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, to:

      USCIS
      P.O. Box 21262
      Phoenix, AZ 85036
    • For non-U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries (e.g., Federal Express, UPS or DHL), mail to:

      USCIS
      Attention: I-901820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Floor 1
      Suite 100
      Phoenix, AZ 85034

    • After submission of your application you will be fingerprinted and photographed.

Documents to bring to your local Application Support Center (ASC)
Additional documents must be brought to the biometrics (fingerprints and photos) appointment at the local ASC. USCIS will notify the applicant of the time and location of this appointment:

  • The original expiring or expired LPR card. If the card was lost, stolen or damaged, bring a valid government issued ID, such as driver's license, state issued picture ID card, or passport.
  • Do not bring photographs. These will be taken at the appointment.

Replacing a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) Because Your Biographic Data Changed
An individual may file for a new permanent resident card if any biographic data has been legally changed.

Documents
Submit a copy of the court order, divorce decree or marriage certificate reflecting the new name with your Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card <pdf>. To replace a card because of a change of any other biographical data, you must submit copies of documentation to support the change.

To Correct a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

  1. Complete Form I-90 <pdf> Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card edition dated 12/17/2012.
    • If the error was the fault of USCIS, the individual does NOT have to pay the filing fee. If the error was the individual’s fault, he/she DOES need to pay the fee.
    • Please be advised: If the error was the fault of USCIS, then on the I-90 form itself, under Part 2, Section A, the applicant should mark answer “d” as the reason for filing. If the applicant is a conditional permanent resident under Part 2, Section B, the applicant should mark answer "d" as reason for filling. Then, the applicant should attach the incorrect permanent resident card (green card) to the I-90 and, if possible, a photocopy of the original application the applicant submitted which had the correct information on it (as proof that the original documentation was correct), or other documents that support the claim.
  2. Mail the application Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested to the Phoenix, Arizona, Lockbox facility (see above).


To Replace an Incorrect, Lost, Stolen, Destroyed, or Mutilated (Damaged) Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship:

  1. Complete Form N-565 <pdf> Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
    • For lost, stolen or destroyed certificates, check answer “a” in Part 2, Question 2 and explain how the certificate was lost, stolen or destroyed.
    • If the certificate is mutilated, check answer “b”.
    • If applying because of a name change, answer “c” and submit the original certificate and a copy of the marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order showing the name change.
  2. Include Additional Documents
    • Attach the original incorrect or mutilated Certificate.
    • If applying because of a name change, answer “c” and submit the original certificate and a copy of the marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order showing the name change.
  3. Include Two Passport Photos or mutilated certificate
    • Be sure to print name and “A” number on the back in pencil.
  4. Include the Filing Fee
    • If a clerical error was made, no fee is required. If the error was the applicant’s fault, or the applicant has legally changed his/her name since the Certificate was issued, the fee of $345 must be paid.
  5. Mail the application Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested
    • Applicants living in NY, NJ or CT mail the application Certified Mail, Return Receipt to the address below. Other applicants should check the instructions on the N-565 <pdf>to determine where to file.

      DHS/USCIS
      Texas Service Center
      P.O. Box 851182
      Mesquite, Texas 75185-1882

*Fees listed as of April 2013. Check the USCIS Immigration Forms website for updated fees.