You can renew by mail or in person using form DS-82 if your most recent passport:
- Is submitted with your application
- Is undamaged (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 apply in person using form DS-11
If you are resident in Germany and not currently in the United States, please mail your package to the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt. Do NOT send your application to the National Passport Processing Center. This will significantly delay your passport processing.
How to apply by mail
1. Fill out Form DS-82
Complete Form DS-82 online, print it out and sign it. The form is available at Travel.State.Gov. Note: You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States. Please DO NOT mail the form to the National Passport Processing Center in the United States.
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.”
2. Submit your Most Recent U.S. Passport
You must submit your most recent passport as well as a photocopy of the bio page 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 new passport.
3. Include Name Change Documents (if applicable)
If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide an original copy of the legal name change document as well as a copy thereof. Your original name change document will be returned to you with your new passport. Examples include:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree
- Court-ordered name change document
4. Provide Photograph
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.
5. Calculate Fees and Forms of Payment
The Adult 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“
If applying in person for your passport renewal we also accept:
- Cash in U.S. Dollars or Euros (for payments in cash local currency is preferred)
- Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover; no EC Cards are accepted
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.
6. Provide Courier Envelope
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).
7. Mail Completed Application
Mail your completed application package 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.
Starting immediately, all incomplete application packages will be promptly returned to the sender with the courier envelope submitted with the application package.
8. Processing Times & 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 full validity (10 years for adult applicants) U.S. passport is approximately 3-4 weeks from the day we receive your application, but may take longer during periods of high demand. 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 trackable commercial courier envelope, such as the DHL Express Easy envelope, when mailing in your application. Your passport will be returned to you via your prepaid envelope once processing has been completed. Please click here for delivery instructions (pdf).
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.