Exchange a limited-validity Passport for a full-validity Passport

If you were issued a limited-validity passport, we encourage you to replace it with a full-validity passport immediately upon completion of your travel.

Please note that we cannot issue two consecutive limited-validity passports and the processing time is two to three weeks.

If your application for a replacement is made within one year from the date of issuance of the emergency passport, all applicants, including children may apply by mail, and no fee will be charged.

All mail-in passport applications must be sent to:

U.S. Consulate General
Passport & Citizenship Section
Giessener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Please submit your limited validity passport with your completed application.

This replacement of a limited-validity passport requires Form DS-5504. Complete the DS-5504 form online, print it out, and sign it.  The form is available at Travel.State.Gov. Be sure to answer all questions accurately.  (Note: For minors under age 16, application forms must be signed by the same parent or guardian that signed the application for the limited-validity passport.)

Please note: You must include your Social Security Number on your application.  If you do not, your application will be returned to you.  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.

In the rare circumstance that the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent limited validity U.S. passport, you may change your name on your passport at this time.  However, in order to do so, you must provide an original copy of the legal name change document. Examples include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered name change document

Your name change document will be returned to you with your new passport.

Submit one photograph to the application.  Please see our information under adult passports or at Travel.State.gov for further information on photographs.

If your application for a replacement is made within one year from the date of issuance of the emergency passport, no additional fee is charged.

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.

Your passport will be returned to you with your courier envelope once processing has been completed. Please ensure that you write down your tracking number as the Consulate does not maintain this information.  You may use the tracking number to track the return delivery of your passport online. Please click here for detailed delivery instructions (pdf).

Mail your completed application package including your limited validity passport to below address:

U.S. Consulate General
Passport & Citizenship Section
Giessener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

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.

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 full validity (10 years for adult applicants) U.S. passport is approximately 2-3 weeks from the day we receive your application.  Your limited-validity passport will be retained at the Passport Unit for secure destruction. To avoid delay and increase security, please ensure that you submit a DHL Express Easy envelope when mailing in your application.

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 note 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.

If your emergency passport was issued more than one year ago, please follow the procedures for passport renewal (Age 16 and up / Children under 16 ).