Green Card Replacement and Renewal
It is important to keep your Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) up-to-date. Without a valid Green Card, it may be difficult for you to prove that you are a lawful permanent resident and could affect your ability to travel or to prove your authorization to live and work in the United States.
Who is eligible?
A Green Card (Permanent Resident Card), is proof of your lawful permanent resident status in the United States. It also serves as a valid identification document and proof that you are authorized to live and work permanently in the United States.
You must replace your Green Card if:
- You were issued a card valid for 10 years that has either expired or will expire within 6 months.
- Your card has been lost, stolen, or damaged.
- You were issued a card valid for 10 years before you turned 14 years old, and it will not expire before your 16th birthday.
- Your card was issued with incorrect data (name, DOB, issued date) due to USCIS administrative error.
You also may replace your Green Card if:
- Your name or other biographic information has been legally changed.
- Your card does not have an expiration date on it.
- You have taken up commuter status. This means you commute regularly to work in the United States but reside in Canada or Mexico.Most Green Cards are valid for 10 years. If you have conditional permanent resident status based on marriage or investment, your card will only be valid for two years (until you petition to have the conditions on your permanent resident status removed).