I-90 Form: How to Renew Your Green Card by Mail

When form I-90 it should be used

An form I-90 is an application used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) when a noncitizen needs to renew or replace a green card (also know as a “lawful permanent resident card”).  

There are four times when you need to file to renew or replace your card.  

First, if your 10-year green card will expire in the next 6 months (180 days) then you will use this form.  Keep in mind, however, the form I-90 should not be confused with a form I-751. A form I-751 is filed when a person receives a two-year green card through a marriage-based process.  The form I-90 should not be used if the card was only valid for two years. 

Second, if your card was damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen then you will file the form I-90 to replace the green card.  In these cases, you file for your card to be replaced.    

Third, if your card contains an error such as a misspelling of your name or an incorrect date of birth.  In these cases, you should use the form I-90 to file for a replacement card in order to have the correct information appear on the card. 

Four, if your card was issued by USCIS, but you never received it by mail.  In this case, you should use this form to request another green card be delivered. 

Where you can get a form I-90

The form I-90 is available on the USCIS website here.

How to download a form I-90

You can visit the USCIS website here and scroll down to the tab labeled “Filing Options.”  To the right of there is a “+” sign.  Click on it and the tab will expand.  There you will see a link labeled “Form I-90 (PDF).”  Click on that link and the form can be downloaded.

How to fill out the form I-90

First, as a general rule, do not leave any space blank.  If a question doesn’t apply to you, then you should type or print “N/A.”  This stands for “not applicable.”  If you’re using a pen to complete the form make sure to use black ink.   

Most of the form is straightforward.  There is some information, however, that may be confusing.  To assist you, here with those more confusing questions, here is some definitions are things that may not be so obvious to you:

  • Alien Registration Number or A-number.  This is the number given to you by immigration and is a nine digit number preceded by the letter A.  Here is a helpful picture to show you where to find it on your green card:

Form I-90: Where to find your Alien Number

  • USCIS Online Account Number.   This number applies only if you have an online profile with USCIS.  If you don’t then simply write “N/A.”  You can create an account here if you wish to do so.
  • Legal Name Change:  If you changed your name since you first received your green card then this would apply to you.  For example, if you got married then you would inform USCIS of the change and send proof such as a social security card or marriage certificate.
  • Class of Admission:  This question asks about how you obtained your green card and will require you to place a classification code. Here is a helpful picture to show you where to find it on your green card:

Form I-90: Where to find your Class of Admission

  • Date of Admission:  This question asks about the date you obtained your green card.  You will simply answer this question with the date that you become a green card holder.  Here is a helpful picture to show you where to find it on your green card:

Form I-90: Where to find the date of admission

What to send with the form I-90

The answer depends on why you are filing your application.  If you’re filing to renew an expiring card, then you should submit a copy of the front and back of the card. 

If you’re filing because your card is lost, damaged or stolen then you can submit a copy of your green card (if available) or a valid government ID showing your name, date of birth and photo. 

If you’re filing because of a name change or other change, you should submit a copy of your green card and proof of the name change or other change.  For example, if you are recently divorced and your last name changed then you should submit the divorce decree along with a copy of your card. 

If you are filing because your card was never delivered, then you should send a copy of the I-797 Notice of Action showing that you were approved for your green card and a valid government issued ID.

Where to mail the form I-90

If you are sending your application through regular mail, then you should mail it to:  

USCIS
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036

If you are sending your application through FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries, then you should send it to:

USCIS
Attention: I-90
1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Floor 1
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

How much does a form I-90 cost

The filing fee for the application is $455 plus $85 for fingerprinting (also known as biometrics).  There are certain exceptions to both fees.  

For example, if there is an error on your application that was the fault of USCIS then you do not have to pay the filing fee.  Or, if you’re between the ages of 14 through 79, then you do not need to pay the biometric fee of $85.  

You can pay this fee by check or money order as long as the check or money order is from a bank located inside the united states   The check or money order should be made out to the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”  Do not abbreviate the agency’s name or your fee check could be rejected. 

How long it typically take to process a form I-90

Typically, it can take 6-8 months.  However, factors such as how busy the government is or things specific to your case could cause a delay.

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