Guide to Renew or Replace Your United States Green Card

United States Green Card

Having a Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card) allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. The steps you must take to apply for a Green Card will vary depending on your individual situation.

Eligibility To Renew Or Replace Your United States Green Card

Lawful Permanent Residents

You must replace your Green Card if:

  • Your Green Card is either expired or will expire within the next six months;
  • Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;
  • You received your card before you were 14 and you have reached your 14th birthday (unless your card expires before your 16th birthday);
  • You have been a commuter and are now taking up actual residence in the United States;
  • You have been a permanent resident residing in the United States and are now taking up commuter status;
  • Your status has been automatically converted to permanent resident status (this includes special agricultural worker applicants who are converting to permanent resident status);
  • You have a previous version of the Alien Registration Card (for example, USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151, which are no longer valid to prove your immigration status) and must replace it with a current Green Card;
  • Your card contains incorrect information;
  • You have legally changed your name or other biographic information on the card since you last received your card; or
  • You never received the previous card we issued to you.

Conditional Permanent Residents

You must replace your Green Card if:

  • Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;
  • Your card contains incorrect information;
  • You have legally changed your name or other biographic information on the card since you last received your card; or
  • You never received the previous card we issued to you.

Conditional Permanent Residents

You must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, to request that we remove the conditions on your permanent resident status. You cannot submit Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

How to File

You may file online or by paper.

File online:

Create a USCIS online account to file online and:

  • Submit evidence and pay fees electronically;
  • Receive case status updates about your case and see complete case history;
  • Communicate with us securely and directly; and
  • Respond to requests for evidence.

If you already have a USCIS online account, simply sign into your account to get started.

File by paper:

You must:

Want status updates about your case? Learn how to create a USCIS online account to stay informed.

After You File

Once we receive your Form I-90, you will receive a:  

  • Receipt notice confirming we received your application;
  • Biometric services notice, if applicable;
  • Notice to appear for an interview, if required; and
  • Notice of our decision.

Forms and Fees

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