Apply Outside the United States
Applying for a U.S. passport outside the United States is different than applying inside the United States.
You must apply in person at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Each U.S. embassy and consulate has different procedures for submitting and processing your final documents, but the forms, supporting documentation, fees, and finished products are the same.
Please note: We do not offer expedited processing when you apply outside the United States. In an emergency, embassies or consulates can issue limited-validity passports.
How to Apply
1. Fill Out Form
Select the correct form, complete it, and print it out.
You can use Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:
- Can be submitted with your application
- Is not damaged (other than normal "wear and tear")
- Was issued when you were age 16 or older
- Was issued within the last 15 years
- Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)
If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must use Form DS-11.DS-82: U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible IndividualsPlease note:
- Do not sign the application until instructed to do so by the embassy or consulate officer.
- You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).
- If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”
- For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
2. Provide Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
For Form DS-82
For Form DS-11
You must submit one of the following. Your evidence must be an original or certified copy. Photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable.
- Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
- U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:
- Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
- Lists your full name, date of birth, and place of birth
- Lists your parent(s)' full names
- Has the date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth)
- Has the registrar's signature
- Has the seal of the issuing authority
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Certificate of Citizenship
If you cannot submit one of the above acceptable documents, or for more information, please see Citizenship Evidence.
3. Bring Photocopy of Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (DS-11 ONLY)
Submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of the U.S. citizenship evidence you’re submitting.
Photocopies must be:
- On white 8.5”x11” standard paper
- Black and white
If you don't want to submit a photocopy of your citizenship evidence, you may submit a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence. If you don’t submit a photocopy or a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, your passport processing could be delayed.
4. Present ID (DS-11 ONLY)
You must present one of the following identification documents (IDs) to the acceptance agent. The ID must readily identify you.
If you cannot present one of the IDs above, or for more information, please see Identification.Please note:
- In-state, fully-valid driver's license
- Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
- Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
- Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
- U.S. military ID or military dependent ID
- Valid foreign passport
- Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular Identification, commonly used by the parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant)
- If you have undergone or are going through gender transition, please see these additional requirements.
5. Bring Photocopy of ID (DS-11 ONLY)
Submit a photocopy of the front and back of each ID that you present when you apply.
- Photocopy must be on white, 8 1/2 x 11" standard paper.
- Photocopy cannot be double-sided.
- Do not decrease the image size (although you may enlarge it).
6. Determine Any Special Circumstances
If any of the below categories apply to you, you may have additional requirements for your passport application. Please see the relevant page for more information.
7. Provide a Photo
Attach one photo to your application. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the photo requirements.
Please note: Photo requirements for a U.S. passport may differ from passport photo requirements of other countries.
8. Calculate Fees
Please see Passport Fees to find your correct passport fee.
Please see the website of your embassy or consulate to see what forms of payment they accept. Usually, U.S. embassies and consulates can accept cash in U.S. dollars or local currency. They accept credit cards in some cases, but never accept personal checks.
Please note: We do not offer Priority Express Mail to overseas applicants.
9. Submit Your Completed Application
Living Outside the United States, anywhere except Canada?
Please contact your U.S. embassy or consulate for instructions.
If you're using Form DS-82, please mail your application to the address listed on the form. If you listed a Canadian mailing address on your application, we will mail you your new passport via First Class mail to that address.
Personal checks or money orders must draw on U.S. financial institutions based in the United States and be payable in U.S. dollars. We cannot accept passport fee payments drawing on non-U.S. financial institutions, even when payable in U.S. currency. Acceptable U.S. checks and money orders must have a 9-digit routing number, as in the example below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I call the toll-free number for the National Passport Information Center from outside the United States?
No. If you have questions while you are outside the United States, please visit your local U.S. embassy or consulate website for information.
Can I pay with a personal check or money order outside the United States?
No. U.S. embassies and consulates can only accept cash (local currency or U.S. dollars), or in some cases, credit cards. Please see the website of your embassy or consulate to confirm the forms of payment they accept.
Can I pay extra for expedited service or shipping?
No. The expedited service and shipping fees do not apply outside the United States. Your local U.S. embassy or consulate will tell you about pick-up or mailing options. Embassies and consulates can issue a limited-validity emergency passport if you have urgent travel needs.
On the application, can the permanent address be the same as the mailing address?
It could be. If you are permanently residing outside the Unites States, then they would be the same. Your U.S. embassy or consulate may or may not offer mailing services.
If you are temporarily residing or traveling outside of the United States, put your current address as your mailing address and your U.S. address as your permanent address.
Does my ‘Emergency Contact’ have to be somebody in the United States?
No. Your emergency contact does not have to be somebody in the United States, especially if you live permanently outside the United States.
Please note: Currently, the online Form Filler does not allow you to enter an address outside the United States. If your emergency contact lives outside the United States, please leave this field blank when completing the form online and write it in after printing.
How will I receive my passport if I am outside the United States?
Delivery methods vary by embassy and consulate. Possible methods may include a self-paid courier, the mail service, or picking it up in person. Please check with the embassy or consulate to confirm delivery methods.
Do I have to provide my Social Security number on my passport application?
If you or your child does not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have/(Child's full name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”
Your passport application will be delayed or denied if you do not provide a Social Security number or a statement declaring that a Social Security number has not been issued to you. Contact the Social Security Administration for information about obtaining a new or replacement Social Security number and card.
If you are outside the United States and have an emergency need to travel, but you cannot locate your Social Security number, we may be able to issue you a limited passport for direct return to the United States only.
If you fail to provide the information, you will also be subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS pursuant to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E). All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.
DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
DS-82 Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail (Renewals Only)
DS-5504 Application for a U.S. Passport- Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Replacement