Apply Outside the United States
Applying for a U.S. passport outside the United States is different than applying inside the United States. Although the applications, supporting documentation, fees, and finished products are the same, each U.S. Embassy and Consulate has different procedures for submitting and processing your final documents.
- DO NOT follow the submission instructions on the application if you are applying outside of the United States. Check your local embassy or consulate’s website for instructions on submitting your forms.
- Please note: You must provide your Social Security number in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f). Please see the FAQ below for more information.
Submit your application with supporting documents that verrify your citizenship and identity to your local consulate or embassy. The required supporting documentation varies based on the application form used, so consult the form for more details.
The photo you submit with your application must meet all U.S. passport photo requirements. Be aware that photo requirements for a U.S. passport may vary from passport photo requirements of other countries. Click here for a full list of passport photo requirements.
Local embassies and consulates can only accept cash in USD or local currency. Credit cards are accepted in some cases, but personal checks are never acceptable. Do not send cash in the mail. Please see the website of your embassy or consulate to see what forms of payment they are able to accept. Click here for a full list of fees.
Please note: Priority Express Mail is not available for overseas applications.
Residing in Canada?
Adult renewal applicants residing in Canada may submit Form DS-82: U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals to the address listed on the form. Checks or money orders must draw on U.S. financial institutions based in the United States and be payable in USD. Passport fee payments drawing on non-U.S. financial institutions, even when payable in U.S. currency, cannot be accepted. Acceptable U.S. checks and money orders must have a 9-digit routing number. See the sample 'check' image below.
If you are renewing your passport by mail from a Canadian address, your new passport will be returned to you via First Class mail.
Expedited processing is not available when you apply outside the United States. In an emergency, embassies or consulates can issue limited validity passports. Contact them directly for more information.
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, your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website is the best source of information. The National Passport Information Center number is meant to answer questions for passport customers applying in the United States.
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 what forms of payment they are able to 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 the same as the mailing address?
It could be. If you are permanently residing outside the Unites States, these would be the same. 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. It doesn’t 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 emergency contact that lives 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 it's printed.
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.
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 overseas and have an emergency need to travel but 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 encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application. 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.