URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and consulates in Germany have suspended all routine appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services. We are not able to offer call-in hours at this time but will answer your email promptly. If you need an emergency passport for immediate international travel or for reasons relating to immigration, please contact the embassy or consulate nearest you.
Passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19. They are no longer printing non-emergency passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad received from overseas U.S. embassies and consulates. If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents. You may contact the Embassy or your local consulate to check on the status of your application.
Given the ongoing situation, we do not have an estimate for when regular passport operations will resume. In the meantime, please hold on to your passport for routine renewal. We will update our information as soon as U.S. passport processing centers are operational again.
U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports. If you have an immediate need to travel and have a confirmed flight to the United States, please email Berlin, Frankfurt, or Munich and request an emergency passport appointment.
Please visit this website for further updates.
Under passport regulations, an individual may not possess more than one passport of any one type (tourist, official, diplomatic) at the same time. On occasion, the Department of State will make an exception to this policy for individuals who travel extensively and often for business purposes. These second passports are issued for a validity of four years provided a valid justification for issuance exists and can be applied for in person or by mail.
Circumstances in which the Department of State will generally approve issuance of a second fee passport are when an individual travels so frequently that their passport is needed both for travel and submission for foreign visa applications simultaneously. Approval and issuance of a second passport is not automatic and will require additional processing time.
How to apply for a second tourist passport:
Fill out Form DS-82
Incomplete, unsigned or incorrect applications will not be accepted and will be mailed back to you.
Please note: You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one. If you were never issued a Social Security number, you must submit a signed and dated statement 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.”
If you have questions regarding this requirement, please see our FAQs here. Information on how to apply for a Social Security Number at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt is available here and here.
Submit your Most Recent U.S. Passport
You must submit your most recent passport with your application.
Please note: Your U.S. passport book and/or card must meet all of the requirements listed under “Renew an adult passport.” Your most recent passport will be returned to you with your 2nd passport.
Written Statement or Request
A written statement from you – or your employer on company letterhead – justifying the need for a second passport and stating the bearer’s understanding that any loss or theft of either passport will be reported immediately to the nearest Consulate, Embassy, or passport agency.
You will also need to submit the following signed 2nd Passport statement or request (pdf)
Submit one photograph to the application. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the photo requirements. Photographs for U.S. passports differ from local requirements and can be found on Travel.State.Gov. Our general requirements are that the photo be:
- In color;
- Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper;
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size;
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Eye height is between 1 1/8 inches to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm – 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo;
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance;
- Taken in front of a plain white background;
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera;
- Taken with a neutral facial expression (preferred) or a natural smile, and with both eyes open;
- Remove your eye glasses;
- Taken in normal street attire, without a hat, or head covering; and
- Taken so there are no distracting shadows on the face or background.
If you choose to submit digitized photographs, they must meet the requirements as listed above or they will be rejected. Some printers will produce an unacceptable photograph in which the dots are seen, or the image is grainy. Acceptable photographs are printed on high-quality photographic paper, have a continuous tone image that is very photo-like, and show the subject clearly in focus.
Please note: Do not bend the photo. We will only accept photographs that meet all above requirements. For further information on photo requirements, please click here.
Calculate Fees and Forms of Payment
The 2nd Passport book fee is a non-refundable processing fee and is retained by the Department of State whether or not the passport is issued.
There is no expedited service outside the United States. Please do not include payment for this service, as it will delay your processing time. In general, overseas service is already faster than U.S. service.
To determine the correct fee, please see the Fee Chart from Travel.State.Gov which is found here.
Accepted payment methods are:
- Cashier’s Check
Cashier’s check issued by an American bank in dollars payable to “U.S. Department of State”(Barscheck ausgestellt durch eine amerikanische Bank auf den Namen „U.S. Department of State“)
- Bank Check or Counter Check
Bank check issued by a German bank in dollars drawn on a U.S. bank
(Bankscheck ausgestellt von einer deutschen Bank bezogen auf eine U.S. Bank in US-Dollar auf den Namen „U.S. Department of State“
All checks must be machine-readable (i.e., have a coded line running along the bottom of the check). Checks cannot be older than 30 days from issuance to submission for passport renewal. No personal checks will be accepted. No credit cards are accepted through the mail until further notice. Please do not send cash through the mail. Applications with cash, credit card information, EC card information, or otherwise not meeting the instructions for payment will be promptly returned to the sender.
Mail Completed Application
Mail your completed application to below address:
U.S. Consulate General
Passport & Citizenship Section
Giessener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
We recommend that you send your application with a traceable delivery service (e.g. Deutsche Post Einschreiben, or any courier service). Do NOT send your application to the National Passport Processing Center. This will significantly delay your passport processing.
Delivery of Passport
Frankfurt and Berlin: If you are applying in Frankfurt, to avoid delay and increase security, please submit a prepaid traceable commercial courier envelope, such as the DHL Express Easy envelope, FedEx, TNT, DPT, etc. when mailing in your application package. As of January 2020, you cannot purchase the DHL ExpressEasy envelope at your local German post office. You now need to purchase this online. Please click here and follow the process online. Please make sure to submit the waybill with all other documents.
Munich: For applications in Munich and Berlin, please submit a pre-paid self-addressed envelope. To avoid delay and increase security, the pre-paid envelope should include a traceable delivery service (e.g. Deutsche Post Einschreiben, or any courier service).
Please note: Record your tracking number and keep it in a safe place as the Passport Units do not maintain this information. You may use the tracking number to track the return delivery of your passport.
Processing Time and Return of Passport
For mail in applications in Germany, please be aware that it may take up to 5–7 working days for an application to reach the Passport Unit after its arrival at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt and processing of the application starts at that time. Processing time for a second U.S. passport is approximately 3-4 weeks from the day we receive your application. To avoid delays, complete your passport application online and ensure the barcode is visible on the left side of the first page. Handwritten applications require additional processing times. You also must submit a prepaid traceable commercial courier envelope. Your passport will be returned to you via your prepaid envelope once processing has been completed.
Please note: Record your tracking number and keep it in a safe place as the U.S. Consulate does not maintain this information. You may use the tracking number to track the return delivery of your passport.
If you are also applying for a passport card, you should be aware that they take approximately 8-10 weeks to process. If you are applying for a passport card and book, please enclose two return delivery envelopes with your application.